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April 13, 2021

Road to Rotterdam: Belgium

It was a big surprise when, sometime in 2019, it was announced that Hooverphonic would be representing Belgium. A group with an enormous track record since 1996. The group had a new female singer, so that worked out well. Meanwhile, that singer, Luka Cruysberghs, has had to make way for Geke Arnaert again. She has sung with Hooverphonic before and is now returning.The song with which they will represent Belgium is called “The wrong place”.

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Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” enters Billboard hot 100

It’s quite unique: a Eurovision song enters the American Billboard hot 100. Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” will be on this weeks charts at no. 100. That is after the song became popular on the app Tik-Tok and Duncan Laurence’s performance on the Ellen show last week. Duncan Laurence is not the first one to enter the Billboard hot 100. An overview: 1958 Domenico Modugno, “Nel blu dipinto di blu” (“Volare”), reached #11959 Domenico Modugno, “Piove”, reached #971963 Ronnie Carroll, “Say wonderful things”, #911968 Cliff Richard, “Congratulations”, reached #991970 Mary Hopkin, “Knock, knock, who’s there”, reached #921972 The New Seekers, “Beg, steal or borrow”, #811973 Mocedades, “Eres tu”, #91974 ABBA, “Waterloo”, #61976 Brotherhood of Man, “Save your kisses for me”, #271996 Gina G, “Ooh… aah… just a little bit”, #122021 Duncan Laurence, “Arcade”, #100 We left the coverversions out of this list but one should be mentioned: Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra reached the #1 spot in the Billboard hot 100 in 1968. It was a cover of the 1967 Luxembourgian entry “L’amour est bleu”,  sung by Vicky Leandros. Congratulations, Duncan Laurence, for bringing an 11th Eurovision song in it’s original version in the Billboard Hot 100. Watch Duncan Laurence perform at NBC’s “Today show”:

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