Belgium loves the cameras

Belgium loves the cameras
Iris from Belgium on stage: Photo Andres Putting (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Belgium are hoping that once again a young female singer can carry off the title in Europe's Favourite TV Show, when Iris attempts to emulate the achievement of Sandra Kim who won the title in 1986. In fact after Sandra Kim, Iris is the next youngest singer to represent her country.

Backstage, Belgian singer Iris confessed to feeling fine, as well as excited about her first rehearsal. "It is a big stage for me and I really want to be on stage right now. It is a dream come true. I watched Eurovision as a child and now it is going to be me...it's so crazy!"

Iris is accompanied by three female backing singers on stage, and the performance is kept fairly straightforward, with little choreography. Iris moves around the stage a little, using a hand held microphone.

Elsewhere the backdrop on the LED screens comprises lots of pink baubles floating around, and in many ways is reminiscent of the 'share the moment' graphics used as the logo in the 2010 contest.

All types of cameras

While the choregraphy has been kept simple, the song makes full use of all the different types of cameras available to the Director. From the cameras on the tracking rail, a camera that tracks out of the floor, the boom operated camera, (of which there is only one this year), the spider cam, the traditional cameraman on the floor, plus the camera that comes down from the ceiling; and as the song approaches the climax the steadycam operators appear on stage to encircle Iris. It is a far cry from the technology that was available back in 1986 when Belgium last won the contest.

All different ages

As one of the last contestants to rehearse for the day, and with everything running a bit behind schedule, it wasn’t surprising that there weren’t many fans and journalists present for the press conference. However,Iris was happy with her first rehearsal, and that "everything had been fine, and
that this first time was special."

As one of the youngest contestants this year, Iris was asked how she felt about competing against the older contestants this year. "It is a big chance for me. I like that there are different ages. It's what makes Eurovision special!"

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  • Posted on 7 June 2012 at 19:33
    One day she will become new Selena Gomez! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 23:29
    I am from Belgium and as usual we don't get out hopes op to high (exception being 2010).
    It's not neither awful, neither super, just meh... next. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2012 at 21:57
    I see no qualifier in this video but I wish Belgium all the best. And a tip, I hope there will be no flower at the semi, so last decade style. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2012 at 14:46
    She sang well. Glad she moved around the stage a bit and not just stood still. Doubt it will qualify tho :( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2012 at 14:45
    It's a real pity but this year Belgium seems not to be so strong as it had been before(( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2012 at 02:01
    This, to me, is one of the bottom 3 songs this year. Sorry Belgium. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 23:52
    Of course we should vote for Belgium! Although to my opion it's the weakest entry from Belgium in this century... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 23:39
    this make me proud to be a belgium guy report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 23:20
    Love her voice!! (By the way, the stage looks great!!!!) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 22:28
    what a nice first rehearsel for our Iris and YES people she can sing very well live, she deserves final, please people vote for us, in Belgium we're very proud of her!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 21:33
    Her voice is so sweet! This song is very simple in fact but very touching. she should be in the final people! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 20:22
    not enough for the final.. sorry report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 20:17
    not my coup of coffee report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 19:33
    This song will not go to the final I hope report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2012 at 17:38
    Its A Kinda Boring But Sweet Song. Very Nice Staging, I Like It. I Understand Why The Backing Is There As Her Voice Doesnt Really Pack A Punch & I Dont Think It Could Fill Crystal Hall. I Like They Lyrics & Meaning Of The Song Alot. So, Good Luck Belgium! report to the moderator