British media are notorious for treating Eurovision with a bit of disrespect on occasion. However, popular British newspaper Metro tend not to treat Eurovision as a “dirty” word. A few days ago, the newspaper published who they believe will be giving the British charts “a big old makeover in 2017″…

“Get this lot on your playlists before anyone else and you can be smug in the knowledge you heard them and championed them first, because this is the shape of the music scene to come.”

(Metro)

Loïc to take over the charts in 2017?

Excitingly, at the very top of their list is a member of our Eurovision family. Belgium’s Loïc Nottet has received rave reviews for his latest single release. The music video for the song, Million Eyes, has been viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube. In addition, the song has already hit the top 10 in Wallonia and France. The Metro uses both his YouTube success and his “powerhouse vocals” to introduce Loïc to their 1.5 million readers:

“20-year-old Loïc is a powerhouse when it comes to vocals. Million Eyes is an incredible and huge track, which has already garnered two million views since its release in October. Not bad for someone relatively unknown.”

(Metro)

Thinking back to Vienna…

Loïc became a fan favourite back in 2015 with his Eurovision entry Rhythm Inside. Praised for its quirkiness and powerful unique vocals, the song slightly flew under the radar up until Loïc performed in the first semi-final in Vienna. The striking stage performance alongside the Belgian’s fantastic live capabilities saw Belgium rise high in the bookmakers’ odds up until the final. The odds turned out to be good predictors, with Loïc’s 4th place finish becoming Belgium’s highest Eurovision finish since Urban Trad finished runners-up in 2003 with Sanomi.

In the UK it has been a long time since a Eurovision star, whether from the UK or not, has had a hit single other than their Eurovision entry. Perhaps Loïc will be the one to break out and indeed become the artist to take over the British charts this year? Good luck Loïc!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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