It’s great to see a lot of alternative musical stylings entering the contest this year and Belgium’s flame-haired Laura Tesoro will deliver a disco-licious pop-funk number in Stockholm hoping to replicate her home nations Top 5 finish in 2015.
It comes as no surprise that Tesoro played Annie on stage but the 19 year old brings as much white-girl funk as she possibly can to this annoyingly upbeat entry. Her vocals are reminiscent of Sweden’s Robin in tone but the moves and beat are far more Bruno Mars - think Uptown Funk. The surprise packet of Semi 2.
Watch Laura Tesoro's official video for 'What's The Pressure':
Four Questions with Laura Tesoro
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- What’s The Pressure has an old-school Motown/funk feel, but in a modern, urban act. It's catchy and feel good, thanks to its strong bassline and brass section.
- The act is a combination of singing and dancing, both from me and from my backing singers, so that makes for an energetic performance.
- The song has a very strong message. It's about how the world around you is so crazy, and about how you feel under so much pressure, but that in the end you just have to stop worrying about stuff and just do what makes you happy.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- They tell me I’ve got a positive, youthful vibe.
- I love to dance and sing and put on a good show on stage.
- I like to sing energetic, cheerful songs that make people feel good.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage
I’ve got a special rock I always carry with me for good luck. I don’t take it on stage… but I do keep it in my dressing room.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
I'm fascinated by the other artists and how they have their own way to prepare for the Contest and to represent their country.