Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
It's a jury song rather than a televote song, and to get top-5 at Eurovision, Belgium need support from both sides of the vote.
SENNEK’s song has just leaked. She gives us the chilled-out, retro Bond-influenced A Matter of Time.
Belgium are in first half of semi-final 1.
There was a rush of hype following the release of A Matter of Time; not entirely justified in my humble opinion. The song takes 1:12 before there’s any change in mood from the 70s lounge opening. After that, it goes full-on Bond theme with influences borrowed from The World Is Not Enough and Skyfall. But it quickly seeps back into a coma as it returns to 70s lounge mode. It’s not until the 2:20 mark that it leaves any sort of memorable impact.
I understand that this authentic sound is in vogue after Salvador’s victory. People think Eurovision has changed forever. It hasn’t. Eurovision winners are still born from the perfect blend of emotion, melody and visual impact. Staging could improve SENNEK’s song, but even in studio form it doesn’t draw you in or leave a mental imprint. It’s a jury song rather than a televote song, and to get top-5 at Eurovision, Belgium need support from both sides of the vote.
Qualification should be a breeze, subject to running order; though I assume Björkman will still sympathetic to Belgium’s cause. Once in the final, I’m struggling to see top-10 at this point given how strong other western-European songs could be with the juries. Pannecoucke could elevate this song’s chances massively, though.
Has Belgium been given a license to thrill at this year’s Eurovision?