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Belgium: Laura Tesoro – What’s The Pressure

  Tonight's Eurosong national final has delivered a result with Laura beating Tom in the super-final. Laura will now represent Belgium in Stockholm with the song, What's The Pressure. Ralph Siegel would be proud of such a song! The dirty opening bass line promises great things and reminds me of a great tune from the early noughties. To the uninitiated, though, the remaining 2:40  of the song lacks the sort dynamic arrangement and writing expected in the modern Contest. Laura sells What's the Pressure brilliantly and there's nothing I can criticise her for in terms of vocals and camera interaction; she's just…
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If the standard is particularly poor in Belgium’s semi-final, great vocals and camera connection is surefire way to attract support.

User Rating: 2.32 ( 32 votes)

 
Tonight’s Eurosong national final has delivered a result with Laura beating Tom in the super-final. Laura will now represent Belgium in Stockholm with the song, What’s The Pressure.

Ralph Siegel would be proud of such a song!

The dirty opening bass line promises great things and reminds me of a great tune from the early noughties. To the uninitiated, though, the remaining 2:40  of the song lacks the sort dynamic arrangement and writing expected in the modern Contest.

Laura sells What’s the Pressure brilliantly and there’s nothing I can criticise her for in terms of vocals and camera interaction; she’s just doing her best at selling an average song.

I have to make a small admission, in that having listened to What’s The Pressure over 10-times during this review, it has grown on me a little. I’m not doing the Suzy shake, but I can see Belgium being one of this year’s guilty pleasure songs. Unlike Suzy’s Quero Ser Tua, I don’t think Laura’s What’s The Pressure will get close to qualifying given this year’s larger semi-finals.Having said that, if the standard is particularly poor in Belgium’s semi-final, great vocals and camera connection is surefire way to attract support.

If by some miracle Laura makes the final, the song has 20th-26th place written all over it.

Did Belgium make the right choice, or are they doomed regardless?

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14 comments

  1. I did figure you wouldn’t like this song. But I think Belgium made the right choice,

  2. In a 19 song semi as it stands, Doesn’t stand a chance I’m sorry to say! Belgium is a country I’m certainly hoping we (Ireland) get drawn with when the allocation draw happens on the 25th

  3. Nice to know we’ve got our first certain non-qualifier sorted!

  4. Terrible choice.All songs were poor of course,but Tom had a song that could of been expanded and developed.It had room for some staging to be added.Laura’s song has no such room.It is what it is,ie rubbish.This brings into question having these so called juries.They dont understand potential etc.
    Belgium will get slaughtered with this song because you cant do anything with it.
    Televote 0,Jury 0.
    Laura herself however is a decent singer and knows the stage.Belgium should consider changing the song ASAP.

  5. I think it’s too easy to peg the Laura down for this. The song isn’t terrible. It’s just a bit cheap and her voice totally doesn’t suit it. I can see What’s the Pressure opening a semi-final with it’s upbeat vibe and then being discarded fairly quickly.

  6. It’s at least more in earnest than their 2007 entry but it’s dated and belongs on Heart Radio’s Club Classics. I dunno if it’ll quite finish last in the semi, it should pick up some floating voters, but there’s nothing else to say. Belgium can stay 100% red in the outright book.

  7. two attempts at ESC :

    Wallonia : SF – 5th GF – 12th
    SF – 2nd GF – 4th

    Flanders : SF – 17th GF – DNQ
    SF -14th GF – DNG

    The problem is much higher up!
    Atleast Belgium can have hope of a victory every 2 years!

  8. unrelated but i’m sure Gav will post soon – UK act will be chosen on 26th Feb in a live show on BBC4 – 6 acts are in the competition.

  9. Both the show itself and the quality of the songs were very disappointing this year. The only good thing is that the winning song is radio-friendly, so if it’s performed well, it might end up in the Top 10 of the jury votes. Nevertheless, I don’t really believe it can qualify in an average semi final.

  10. dunno, i must be losing it but this is my favourite so far this year… followed by the cypriot rock song

  11. Are you kidding me! This is Top 10 material. You underrate this song as you underrated Israel last year. Hell, I will even put some money on the outright.

    • I’m on that same line of thought. What’s the Pressure is a real earworm of a song. Will admit I’ve listened to it more than any other entry this past week :0

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