Today, Loïc Nottet from Belgium returned to the Wiener Stadthalle for his second rehearsal; a preparation for his biggest performance since The Voice Belgique! We were of course right there to follow all the action!
Loïc's first rehearsal was well regarded by the fans and press in Vienna, so they were very excited to see whether any changes would be made since the first rehearsal.
Having participated in The Voice Belgique, Loïc is well versed to large audiences, although this will be the biggest audience of his life and arguably his biggest challenge. Back in 2013 fellow The Voice Belgique participant Roberto Bellarosa came 12th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Love Kills; a respectable result. Can Loïc better this?
Loïc is a huge fan of Australian singer Sia, who has obviously had quite a big influence on him as an artist, whilst also allowing him to develop his own individual style. This is very evident in his on-stage presentation; one of the most unique this year.
Full stage costumes
The main difference from the first rehearsal here was that full stage costumes were worn by all. Löic is wearing a futuristic black suit and his backing artists are wearing full white costumes to match the stage presentation.
The performance has been described as very "artistic" with adjectives like surreal and minimalist also used. Vocally, Löic is very strong despite the choreography, which involves Loïc lying on the floor!Gallery: Belgium: Loïc Nottet second rehearsal
"It doesn't matter how old you are as long as you are passionate"
As Loïc came onto the podium in the press conference area in the arena, the Belgian postcard for the Eurovision Song Contest was presented, which showed Löic and his backing artists street dancing in Eisenstadt.
He was asked by the moderator how the rehearsal had gone, to which he replied that he was very happy with how it went.
One member of the press asked whether it mattered that he was a young artist to which he replied, "it doesn't matter how old you are as long as you are passionate" after which he received rapturous applause.
He also promised to smile more during his performance as one member of the press asked, "you have a beautiful smile, so why don't you use it?".Gallery: Belgium: Press Conference