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Belgium: Tom and his guitar

17 May 2010 at 13:03 CEST

Tom Dice was greeted on stage by several cameras bearing the Norwegian flag due to the country's national day today. Unlike most countries, Tom is performing his song fully on the centre of the catwalk in front of a standing mike, together with his guitar. The young artist was wearing casual clothes today, but it was revealed that he will wear dark trousers and a light blue shirt. Tom's song Me And My Guitar is a tender ballad with lots of strings added at later parts of the song.

The focus of the cameras lies on the Belgian singer all of the time with many close-up shots of his face and his guitar. Two male backing singers are placed at the back parts of the stage. The main colours of the lighting are black and orange, but are kept on a minimum level with the concentration being fully on the Belgian artist. Very few wide shots are used giving the performance an intimate and tender setting.


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"I'm nothing without my guitar"

In his press conference, Tom Dice revealed that he immediately said yes when Belgian broadcaster VRT asked him to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, but he doubted that he would have participated if Belgium had hosted a national final. He added that Me And My Guitar is a very personal song and represents very well who Tom Dice is. He'd be nothing without his guitar, he'd even take it to the bathroom to rehearse there because of the great acoustics! He admitted that the stage here in Oslo is bigger than what he's used to. His personal favourites in this year's contest are Cyprus and Israel and his musical idols are John Mayor and Muse.

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Ever since he can remember, the twenty-year-old Tom has been working on his music. He started his music career at music school but soon realised he longed for something else. He taught himself how to play the guitar and wrote his very first song when he was twelve years old. At age fifteen Tom started his own band, The Dice. That name now lives on as Tom’s stage name. Tom has always had a special relationship with his fans. Already well-known in his home region, one of his local fans entered him for the auditions of the Belgian edition of talent show X Factor in 2008. Not only did Tom Dice make it to the show, thanks to his magnificent voice and his fans’s never-ending support, he survived all eleven live TV shows and finished second. By June of the same year Tom released his first single, an acoustic version of Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love.