If I am asked, who is going to win the ESC in Stockholm this year, I always answer professionally that I have absolutely no clue like every year and that you can give a damn about the polls. When I quietened a bit I say a country that fits best my comprehension about something I call "music-majority of ESC". It is a mixture of an open-minded, hot-selling, boring Eurobeat and a meaningful text you can construe everything into it. How to win the masses? You need to be shallow and keeping up with the time a little. I'm very happy that every year has its own upgrowth built from politics, life style and artist personality. It didn't sound so, but I love ESC. I love it for the strange music, outfits and artists. I love it for the community (it welcomes everyone – the real idea of inclusion). And I love it for the surprises. But to be honest, nearly never the musically best song wins. And rarely ever my "private favourite song" – the song I like to listen most – makes it far.
But let's ask Laura directly.
You sure get to Stockholm to win, but a funky-tune in the ESC is like going to a job-interview with blue dyed hair. You stand out but the chance to get job it quite small. What are your goals for the ESC?
– Oh, I don't see it like that. Funky pop music has been playing on the radio for quite some time now - Bruno Mars, for example. So it's not that uncommon. There is a trend in Eurovision lately to not only send "typical" Eurovision songs, but also modern pop songs that you would hear on the radio. So I don't think that the chances to win are small because of that. Of course the competition is big and there are a lot of good artists participating. But I just hope that the viewers will appreciate my song: it is full of energy and positivity. I go to Stockholm to make my country proud. If I don't make it to the finals, I will be disappointed of course. But I will do my best and if I feel like I have given my all, I will be satisfied.
You are multi-talented and on TV and stage for more than 10 years already. Even if the representation for Belgium is the biggest thing yet, can you concentrate just on one topic or is your brain always exploding with ideas and your lively way is sometimes an obstacle, too?
– Haha, I don't feel like my brain is exploding, no. I like having many interests, and I love singing, dancing, acting and presenting a lot. I haven't felt that it was an obstacle yet. I see all these things as a big plus: performing on stage sometimes requires a bit of acting, and with my energetic song some dance moves are a big plus to have.
How are the next stops to the Grand Final or how does your next days look like?
– Well, I have already practiced my act on the big Eurovision stage twice. Tonight I will go and look at the first semi-final, and tomorrow I have the big show for the jury. Exciting!
– I also had the chance to see Stockholm last Friday, which was amazing. Such a beautiful city! I probably won't be going to any late night Eurovision parties – rest is important for a singer, and I want to be at my best on Thursday and hopefully Saturday.
Belgium has been participating 57 times in Eurovision since the beginning in 1956. They won the contest in 1986 (Sandra Kim - "J'aime La Vie"), but finished last 8 times (two of them with Zero Points). Since the introductions of the Semi-finals in 2004 Belgium only qualified for the Grand Final 4 out of 12 times (In 2010 they came first in Semi-final 1).