'Elvis' turned out to be Patrick Ouchène

'Elvis' turned out to be Patrick Ouchène
Patrick Ouchène has a thing for rock'n'roll. Photo: MySpace
Belgium -

After a week of speculations about the Belgian representative, it's now confirmed that the person formerly tagged as 'Elvis' is in fact Patrick Ouchène. He will represent Belgium at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest with Copycat.

His song is a tribute to the king of rock'n'roll - Elvis Priestly, according to the fan portal Belgovision.com. Copycat was was written by Jacques Duvall, the pseudonymn of Eric Verwilghen. In the past, he has written the hit Le Banana Split which proved to be a huge hit in 1979, selling more than two million singles.

The two men have worked together before - Duvall wrote songs for I Dressed In Black Today, the album released by Ouchène's band Runnin' Wild early last year.

Copycat will be presented at a press conference on 10th March.

Patrick Ouchène will perform the song in the First Semi-Final on Tuesday 12th May.


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  • Posted on 3/March 2009 at 14:08
    GOOD LUCK BELGIUM!!!

    GREAT NEWS!!!

    The song is released.
    WATCH and LISTEN to AZERBAIJANI ENTRY for Moscow 2009 that starts with beatiful Azerbaijani folk:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiaHC3dJwdk report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/February 2009 at 05:00
    I can't judge until I have heard the song, so I have to wait until March 10th! Besides that, there's a big market for tribute bands out there. Some people like them for many reasons, specially if the original artist is not around any longer, like ABBA, Elvis or The Beatles. Like The Beats, for example (http://www.thebeatsonline.com/)

    Don't say it's dreadful until you've heard the song. There's no reason to be biased. And I don't agree about Kate Ryan, I still believe her song was absolutely BAD! It didn't deserve to make the final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/February 2009 at 04:37
    It is great news! Rockabilly is wonderful and I am looking forward to hear the song. I hope it's an up-tempo, good one.

    Belgium was wonderful last year and it's a very good chance I will like them again this year too!

    Thank you Belgium for taking chances, sending DIFFERENT songs and song styles rather than just Kate Ryan's every year! Thank you for not being boring at least! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/February 2009 at 11:43
    Please let's be fair. Let's hear the song first. Last year we had Ishtar and I liked it. It didn't qualify for the final but i still remember the song 12 months on. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/February 2009 at 14:26
    Probably he'll sing in both French and English like Les Fatals Picards in ESC2007..but not in Dutch... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/February 2009 at 12:18
    Ba nanana Ba nananan Bananan Split wooow... by Lio
    This is a GREAT song.
    That's the reason I want to give the guys some credit... :-)

    Well I see some fans are already upset about the choice....
    -Lets wait and listen to the song...
    -Elvis is maybe not Eurovision ... But there are a lot of Elvis fans in Europe.
    -Rockabilly is not my style of music but why not. Hard Rock wasn't either but I like Lordi.. :-)
    -I'm curious what our "Walloon" friends offers to our little Belgium.. Maybe they sing it even in Dutch to get the "discussion Wallonia/Flanders" on the run again. :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/February 2009 at 03:49
    j'espere que cette annee we get to the Final....lol.... well last year entry aaahhhh no comments.. had the be from the flemish (not saying that they aren't smart because the wallon- Belgium entry from ESC2007 was wayy worst than Ishtar) . As a Belgium open minded guy , can the Flemish and the Wallons agree for only one time ... probably sharing ideas can bring us to the Final again... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/February 2009 at 19:31
    GleffyMick is right, you can't jugde the song before you've heard it.
    And about the Belgians who are ashamed to live here, what's your problem? Even if you don't like the act, you should support it, because it's your country! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/February 2009 at 19:24
    Guys ... Guys! If you pay a little more attention you would read that he won a competition of elvis imitation BUT he's not going to be elvis on the stage and his song has some influence of the king of rock but he's not going to pretent like an elvis at the semi final!!!!
    And you can't no judge our country yet because you all haven't heart the song yet. If he comes to the semi final as Elvis he probebly would have some succes because their are many many fans of elvis in Europe! Watch our Hemult Lotti he his famous all arround the world and had a great succes with his album with all best songs of Elvis. So don't judge us NOW but wait until march the 10th.

    PS: those Belgians who are embarresed for ower country are now Belgians! why? because they don't love our counrty even if our country fails! But I do ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/February 2009 at 16:53
    Banana Split was a great bubblegum hit thanks to singer Lio and arranger Marc Moulin. Since Marc has deceased last year and Patrick is not obviously Lio I hope that everything will come together anyway. Good luck Belgium. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/February 2009 at 12:44
    Elvis Priestly was the star of his own time and will remain a star in minds of the musical men. But no one will ever be the second Elvis.
    It would be very nice if Belgium sent another singer or may be the same singer but not pretending to be Elvis. Anyway.
    Good Luck BELGIUM! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/February 2009 at 22:12
  • Posted on 17/February 2009 at 19:08
    hi there we find it really bad to that we send again a stupid song for the eurovision song contest
    but in 2006 when we have send a good song (kate ryan )
    have nobody vote for us
    why will we send our good singers then
    but i like eurovision really and every year i hope that belgium is good
    a stay be positive
    :p report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/February 2009 at 18:31
    Why Belgium does not take seriously the contest!? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/February 2009 at 17:21