AXEL HIRSOUX SPEAKS TO OIKOTIMES
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – The oikotimes.com team could exclusively ask a few question to this year’s Belgian representative Alex Hirsoux who will wave the flat land’s flag in a few weeks from now on B&W Hallerne stage.
Can you tell us about yourself and your career?
I am 31 years old now, and during the last 10 years I’ve been trying my luck in castings and singing competitions. I’ve also been busy with playing and singing in (amateur) musicals . One of my last musical adventures before Eurosong was The Voice de Belgique. Natasha St Pier was my coach (ESC 2001, France).
How did you come up with the idea of taking part to Eurosong 2014? What were your motivations?
Taking part in Eurovision Song Contest was always one of my dreams … Year in year out I watched the contest, telling myself… maybe one day I’ll be on that big stage. When a friend of mine told me that Flemish broadcaster VRT organized an open casting I took my chance. I hesitated for a moment because my Flemish is not that good. But at a certain point I told myself that I had nothing to lose. And look at me now.
Can you tell us the story behind your entry “Mother”?
My song Mother wasn’t written especially for me but it immediately felt like my song. It was one of hundreds of songs received by VRT this year. It was love at first sight. The message of the song is very strong. Everybody needs somebody he or she can count on, and who will always be there. That person can obviously be your mother, but it can also be a friend, a brother…
You seemed quite moved when you won Eurosong 2014. What did you have on your mind at that very moment?
It was the first time I won such a big contest. I was like…wow. what’s happening!
You’re a Walloon artist, but yet you’ve entered the Flemish broadcaster VRT’s selection show. Do your participation and your victory have a symbolic meaning?
First of all I am a Belgian guy who participated in the Belgian selection. Yes, it was organized by Flemish TV but it was the Belgian selection. I don’t know if my victory is symbolic but I will always be grateful to the public for allowing me to make my dream come true.
What’s your connection with the Eurovision Song Contest? Do you have a favourite song?
Ever since I was a kid we watched the Eurovision Song Contest with the entire family. I have several favourite songs, but if I had to pick one, I’d say “Euphoria” from Loreen.
Will the staging of your performance be changed for Copenhagen?
No. Never change a winning team. I’m very happy Belgian top choreographer Isabelle Beernaert will be with me on stage.
Have you listened to the other 36 songs of this year’s contest? Do you have an early favourite?
I heard some of them. I haven’t had to time yet to check them all. I hope to discover a lot of them live on stage in Amsterdam and of course in Copenhagen.