Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Historical Support Strength
Albania and Estonia 2012 are perfect examples of what Belgium is capable of in Copenhagen. The question is can Axel go further than Rona and Ott?
In tonight’s Eurosong final Axel Hirsoux topped the televote and jury score with an emotive tribute to his Mother and will now represent Belgium in Copenhagen.
A poignant moment of the final was when Ruslana delivered an passionate plea for peace between Russia and Ukraine. Somehow, I think her message will fall on deaf ears at the Kremlin!
I was initially dismissive of Axel Hirsoux’s song, Mother. I found it corny and somewhat creepy, although my premature judgement was probably due to my own emotionally incapable brain.
Watching the Belgium final, I was a converted man. This big, Paul Potts type of fella grabbed my attention for a full three minutes, which, I might add, is an incredibly challenging feat!
Axel convinced me that Belgium is capable of surprising this year owing to former passionate 2012 examples from Albania and Estonia. People love a good ballad when it’s from the heart, rather than a contrived saccharine explosion like Georgia 2013. Even Azerbaijan 2012 remains controversial, but let’s park that debate for now.
Axel’s vocal ability alone should see him score highly with the juries. Natalie Beiler’s Secret of Love was amply rewarded in 2011, but was ultimately let down by the lack of wow and slight Disney feel which affected the televote.
Eythor Ingi delivered a powerful but unexceptional ballad last year, but was largely overlooked by the juries despite delivering a solid vocal performance. That said, Iceland’s entry didn’t really jump out and grab you in the same way Axel’s does.
Returning to those aforementioned countries in Albania and Estonia, they are perfect examples of what Belgium is capable of in Copenhagen. The question is: can Axel go further than Rona and Ott?
What can we expect from Belgium?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest score (since 2004): 167 (2010 – Tom Dice – Me and My Guitar)
Lowest score (since 2004): 1 (2009 – Patrick Ouchène – Copycat)
Average semi-final finishing position: 14th
Average semi-final score: 48 points
Highest score: 143 (2010 – Tom Dice – Me and My Guitar)
Lowest score: 7 (2004 – Xandee – 1 Life)
Average final position: 13th
Average final score: 73 points
Netherland – 5.0
Poland – 4.3
France – 3.7
Portugal – 3.5
Estonia – 3.2
Georgia – 3.0
Russia – 2.9