Tonight Belgium chose it's song after Iris performed two beautiful songs in front of a studio and TV audience. The show was also broadcast right here on Eurovision.tv.
Of the two songs only one could be the winner and it was the Belgian public who decided that Would You? should be sent to Baku, where Iris will perform in the first Semi-Final on the 22nd of May.
Earlier this year Flemish broadcaster VRT announced that the talented 17 year old singer would be the successor to Witloof Bay who failed to qualify to the final in Düsseldorf last year. Her powerful and varied voice, friendly personality and excellent stage presence are what Belgium hopes will be the recipe for success in Baku.
Watch the winning song BELOW!
Iris sang the following two songs from which the Belgian people will voted for their favourite (winner in bold):
Safety Net - 2nd Place (47%)
The first song, Safety Net, is about a young girl that longs for security, in the ever faster moving and insecure world she lives in. She wants to get a grip and feel secure. Eventually, she finds it with someone she knows. From now on, she can trust on her “safety net”.
Would You? - 1st Place (53%)
In the other song, Would you?, Iris doubts the sincerity of her lover. She feels that her relationship has reached a certain, crucial point and is wondering what her boyfriend would do if she left him. Would he miss her, like any other boy would? Or not?
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Who is Iris?
Iris is the stage name of seventeen-year-old Laura Van den Bruel. Despite her young age Iris already has a very impressive voice.
As a child Iris sang all day long. She looked up to Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson and dreamed of becoming a singer herself. At first she covered her idols’ songs, but after a while she started to write her own lyrics.
At fifteen Iris was discovered by record company SonicAngel during a local talent contest. She was the best of three hundred participants. With SonicAngel she recorded her first single and video clip, Wonderful, and came another step closer to realising her dream.
In August Iris’s single Wonderful hit the Belgian charts. Iris performed on several Belgian radio stations and was discovered by an increasing number of music lovers. In May Iris will represent Belgium on the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.