Belgium 2012 : Iris

Iris ©  VRT
Artist name: 
Iris
Song title: 
Would You?
Song writer(s): 
Nina Sampermans / Jean Bosco Safari / Walter Mannaerts
Year: 
2012
Language: 
English
Country: 
Belgium
Starting position semi-final 1: 
8
Rank in semi-final 1: 
17
Points in semi-final 1: 
16
About the song: 
Would You? is written and composed by the trio Jean Bosco Safari, Walter Mannaerts and Nina Sampermans. It is a modern sounding yet tender ballad, featuring breathy vocals by Iris. Piano and strings play a prominent part in the arrangment, with the song gradually building to a crescendo before the subdued, poignant finish.

The lyrics deal with a faltering relationship, about the reality of drudgery setting in with Iris' love being taken for granted. She seems to doubt the love of her man and asks herself how he would react if she were to disappear from his life.

Would You? was released as a digital download single on the SOnic Angel label already the day after wining the public vote, on the 18th or March. Within a matter of weeks it has managed to climb to number 37 on the flemish charts. The single was produced by Guus Fluit and Wouter Vander Veken
About the participant: 
Belgium has not exactly set the scoreboard alight in recent editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. After narrowly missing out on a final spot last year with Witloof Bay, this year was the turn of the Flemish broadcaster VRT to select the Belgian entrant.

They have put their faith in the hands of fresh faced Iris, who, at 17 is the second youngest artist ever to represent Belgium after Sandra Kim. Practially unknown in her home country, Iris hopes to launch her career through exposure gained at the contest. Although only just starting out, music and song have been key elements in her life since early childhood. She was born in 1995 in Morkhoven, Flanders. Her first tentative steps on the music scene were taken when she joined a local choir and took part in numerous local talent shows, as well as playing a few sporadic local gigs. The budding artist cites amongst others Natalia, Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson as her inspiration.

It was in 2010 that things definitely started to move in terms of her career when she participated in a talent show, the Joepie Talentbooth, organized by record company Sonic Angel, coincidentally also the record label of 2010 entrant Tom Dice, who gave Belgium their best showing at the contest for many years. Iris made quite an impression and was promptly offered a recording contract. This led to the release of her first single, Wonderful which became a moderate hit in Belgium, peaking at number 28 on the flemish charts.

The announcement by VRT that Iris was their candidate for Baku left many stumped. The promising singer had however already swept aside any doubts with those responsible at VRT, winning them over with her youthful outlook; what she lacked in experience, she more than made up for in terms of enthusiasm and of course, her vocal abilities. And so, as in all fairytales, the dreams of a young girl come true when Iris takes to the stage in Baku, as she has dreamt of taking part at the contest since she was a child.
About the selection: 
Flemish broadcaster VRT opted for an internal selection to choose their representative this year, thus continuing the format that had succeeded in earning them a highly respectable 6th place at the 2010 contest with Tom Dice and Me And My Guitar. VRT confirmed their intentions already in early September with a mere two months passing before their official announcement on the 18th of November that young Iris been internally selected as their choice for Baku.

The broadcaster launched its call for songs by mid December with a submissions deadline being set for January the 16th. VRT also made known that Iris would take part in a televised show on the 17th of March called Eurosong 2012: Een song voor Iris. The public were to be given the task of choosing Iris' entry, with a combination of televoting and SMS determining the winning entry from two candidates. A few days prior to the programme, an announcement was made that both songs on offer would be ballads, and short extracts from both songs were made available online.

The result was pretty even, with the slower ballad Would You? winning with a 6% margin over the second placed Safety Net, which garnered 47% of the vote. The results were released later on that evening at the end of the Vrienden Van de Veire show.
Lyrics: 

Would You?

Come and find me
I've been hiding from you
Come and get me
Running from you

It's been easy
Easy for you
To believe me
When I say I love you

But what would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag and away from you
You took my love for granted would you really miss me?
Any other guy would do, but would you?

It's a secret
And a question for you
Where I'm at now
What are you gonna do?

If you run here
And look for me now
Are we done here?
Or starting somehow?

But what would you do when my house was empty
My life in a bag and away from you
You took my love for granted would you really miss me?
Any other guy would do, but would you? Would you?

It's a twoway street and I know that
But don't look back
Still I wonder, still I wonder…

What would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag just to be with you
But when I'm at your door will you say you missed me
Any other guy would do, yeah any other guy would do, but would you?

Would you?

Video: 


 

Search

 

 
 

EuroVideonary

 

Eurovision Map

The Eurovision map
Click on the map above to quickly find news and more information per country

User login

 
 
 
 
 
 

EuroShopping


Enter any artist or album title

Lordi - Scare Force One

Lordi - Scare Force One

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy nowbuy now

Maria Haukaas Mittet - Heim

Maria Haukaas Mittet - Heim {copyright: Album cover}

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Raphael - De Amor & Desamor

Raphael - De Amor & Desamor

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy nowbuy now

Lucía Pérez - Quitapenas

Lucía Pérez - Quitapenas

Buy through an Amazon store

buy now

Sébastien Tellier - L'Aventure

Sébastien Tellier - L'Aventure

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy nowbuy now

Amaury Vassili - Amaury Vassili chante Mike Brant

Amaury Vassili - Amaury Vassili chante Mike Brant {copyright:WarnerMusicFrance}

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy now

Softengine - We Created The World

Softengine - We Created The World

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy nowbuy now

Firelight - Backdrop Of Life

Firelight - Backdrop Of Life

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy now

Alien24 - Music Is In My Soul

Alien 24 - Music Is In My Soul

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy nowbuy now

Amandine Bourgeois - Au Masculin

Amandine Bourgeois - Au Masculin

Buy through a CDON store

buy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy nowbuy now

Buy through an Amazon store

buy nowbuy now