Loïc Nottet will represent Belgium at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with “Rhythm Inside”:
18-year old Loïc Nottet has a standout boyish tenor with the right amount of attitude, and we find it not at all surprising that he managed to turn chairs on The Voice Belgique in 2014. He was the runner-up that year, and it would seem his performance at Eurovision is meant to be a launch pad for bigger things.
“Rhythm Inside” reminds us quite a bit of Lorde’s “Royals” — in the austerity of the arrangement, the strategic use of snaps, and youthful ennui.
And you know what? We don’t care.
We don’t care because it’s awesome. The tune is catchy, and it’s got more manboy going on than Eric Saade could have ever dreamed of. It’s one of our favorite songs this season.
Judging from this videos for “Rhythm Inside” and his cover of Sia’s “Chandelier,” Loïc has got opinions in how to present himself artistically. He can handle choreography, and he knows how to smize for the camera.
Looking at some of his past performances on The Voice Belgique, Loïc could get pitchy when trying to sell the big notes. On the other had, he matured quickly over the course of the series. Recent live clips suggest that he’ll be able to pull off the vocal, though we do have concerns about how much stank face he will give us. We also take heart, because the last time a performer from The Voice Belgique without a lot of experience represented Belgium, the results were pretty good.