EUROVISION 2016 - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

 

SECHUK JURY 2016 - COMMENTS & SCORES FOR: BELGIUM

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LAURA TESORO

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 175/320 (54.7%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

BELGIUM

INT

JURY TOTAL

86.5

 

Amar

I'm very conflicted with this one. I really want to like it because Laura is a great performer and the song is fun overall, but it just seems like it will get lost in the contest. I hope Laura brings her energy to stage in Stockholm because that is what will keep this entry alive in the semi-final. 

6

 

Benedek

OMG.This song is a big drop from last year. No chance for the final. Its average, very forgettable, cheep.I'm sorry Belgium but this is bad. So my score for this song is 1.

1

 

Christos

A pleasant time for the competition, graceful presence, does not reach tο the grand prix... just fun. One more year a young female singer for Belgium in the competition....

7

 

Daria

Laura is an interesting singer and a nice person, but I donít like her song very much. Thereís something missing in it, itĎs not a song, that would be stuck in my head, but with a good performance it can work and bring Belgium a spot in the Final. 

7.5

 

Douwe

Cute Laura oozes charm and owns the stage. Clearly she enjoys performing 'What's The Pressure', an energetic funk-pop song, fun, bouncy and catchy with a bit of Fleur East's 'Sax' and Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust' thrown into the equation. It packs a punch and that will make it stand out if many countries select ballads this year. Work needed on vocals and making the act 'tighter'. This should make the final but I doubt it will go anywhere near as high as last year.

7

 

Elena

Now, if the singer had the same energy as her background dancers I might have liked this. Unfortunately she seems a bit tired and her voice on stage is not as strong as it sounds on the studio version. But I did like the disco dance in the background.

2

 

Frederico

I am aware that this song for some very mysterious reason is very popular with esc fans but I do not understand why. This song is a complete non-entity, I cannot even pay attention to it while I am listening to it. Atrociously bad.

0.5

 

Josť

Great, I think the performance will help her, to become one of the favorites of the people in the days before the event, many will talk about her, however I just find it a nice entry, but I'm not still specially interested on it

7

 

Mark L

This all sounds a bit messy, it wonít be the worst song we hear this year I am sure but it definitely needs work.

4.5

 

Melissa

I'm liking this 70's throwback! She doesn't have the strongest voice but this song is just too much fun for most people to notice. I also like the speed change half way through. Not bad Belgium , not bad..

7

 

Octavio

She clearly has lots of charisma and I think the performance was solid, but her voice does not convince me. The song is nice enough, but needs a revamp: sounds very dated and the production is very monotonous. I think they can add stuff to make it a little more powerful.

5

 

Paul C

I donít dislike the song but it really sound a bit dated. Laura looks good on stage, she seems to enjoy it but I think the song doesn't have anything really special. I do not see that song qualifying for the final.

5.5

 

Pia

Todayīs version of the 70īs disco :D Me like very much ! Good performance ! 9 points ! Go girl !

9

 

Roberto

It's hard to chose when you have to look for "the heir" of the amazing Loic. I prefer Tom Frantzis by miles. This song is nothing special and it reminds "Another one bites the dust" by Queen. I hope they can arrange or adjust something in it and very soon. Is something that comes and goes, and it leaves me a bit cold. No enthusiasm. 

5

 

Roy

There will for sure be PRESSURE on Belgium to repeat their good score of 2015 but this song stands no chance. I think the pressure will be for this to qualify. The song is extremely average, something you had lots of during the height of the disco era. Brussels is surely not an option for 2017.

5

 

Samantha

She's adorable, the song's got a great hook, and it's great to have a song in the line-up that you know will make the audience in the hall get their disco funk on. It's a throwback without being dated, which is a tough balance to strike.

7.5

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

BELGIUM

UK

JURY TOTAL

88.5

 

Andrew C

 

I don't know what it is that is stopping me rating this more highly. Possibly it is just too generic. I think Belgium missed a trick by not selecting Amaryllis. Nothing wrong with Tom and his guitar but they've tried that before and last time he could sing!

6.5

 

Andrew G

It starts really good but then you hear the weird key changes, not really too sure about this, I think Iíd have to hear it a lot to like it, itís not a disaster and I could see some people liking it, but not me,  I think my taste in music is getting old. I canít see this making the final, itís that type of song I would forget about, shame though I always like Belgium to do good.

2

 

Daniel

This song wasn't my favourite from the Belgian selection but it's a fun song and it was obvious that it would win. Not sure it'll qualify for the Eurovision final but we'll soon find out.

4

 

Danny

If ever a song needs a revamp, it's this one. As it currently stands it sounds too much like a demo, although it is quite catchy. Laura has fantastic stage presence but her voice is a bit weak and if this is to stand any chance of qualifying, it will need some serious work. Still, I am sure there will be much worse songs chosen this year!

7

 

David B

The elephant in the room is the possible law suit from Nile Rogers and/or Queen. This is an undeniably catchy song but is perhaps not served well by the performance. It's the usual Eurovision story of garbled English and a strained vocal. The whole package needs beefing up if it is to stand any chance of qualification.

6

 

David E

Another reasonable up-tempo song - which is fine, as long as we get some other variety later in the season!  Again, this is pleasant, if unremarkable.  I suspect it may struggle to get into the final, but if it does then it is likely to finish in the bottom 5 or so.  

7

 

Dean

After last year's great song and result, Belgium is going to struggle to qualify with this. The song just isn't memorable enough. Disappointing.

3

 

Eddie

Another one bites the dust with funk. Good voice with some unique moves. It has a great feel about it and I like they have done something different but it does sound dated to me. Unsure it will make the final.

6

 

Gary  

30 years ago this year, I helped Belgium to their only ESC win. I canít see that happening this year. A good upbeat sound, with some potential though. It feels a little predictable, but Laura gives a lively performance and seems very likeable. Solid but somehow lacks something that I canít quite put my finger on. Tom's song would have been a different matter.

6.5

 

Joe

I think I quite enjoy this, but it's hardly breaking new ground. This sort of song has been done so much better before though. Competent vocal, decent song but no wow factor.

6.5

 

Mark M

Something about this song annoys me.  I think it's her.  Not sure about it at all - the presentation is weird and I think the title is odd.  It may grow on me.

3

 

Martin

The pick of the Belgian hopefuls, this up-tempo soul/funk arrangement got me moving and Laura obviously has stage charisma and camera awareness.  The weak link?  Her vocals, always at the top of her range and losing power when dancing.  Belgium may struggle to get to Saturday night this year.

7

 

Matt

No doubt it's lively and will get people foot-tapping. But. She will be asking 'what's the pressure' as I don't think it will do that well.  It gets very repetitive and I quickly lost interest and willed it to finish as it ended up sounding quite messy.

5

 

Nico

This is actually a good song. Potentially I could love it if the singer had a richer more soulful voice. Not that she has a bad voice, but the song needs more. It just doesn't quite hit the sweet spot at the moment.

6.5

 

Sally-Ann

This one needs a good spit and polish but there is a potentially impressive backbone there in his retro-funk number.  Doubtful they will reach the heady heights of last year, but qualification is a distinct possibility.

5

 

TristŠn

This was my favourite of the Belgian songs on offer, though I did also like the quirkiness of Amaryllis's song. Laura's voice isn't the strongest, and the beat is a bit reminiscent of "Another One Bites the Dust", but on the whole I give this

7.5