“The Looker”: Eurovision Wish List (Belgium, Israel, The Netherlands)

Welcome to our new series of posts – “The Looker” where we will share our wish list of artists participating in Eurovision.
But before we start, let us remark that our recommendations will not necessarily come true (as for example some countries select their artists by reality shows)

This is the 1st post in the series and it will concentrate on 3 countries: Belgium, Israel, and The Netherlands

#1. IBE

IBE is the stage name of Ibe Wuyts. He is 19 years old Belgian singer. He became known in 2019 when he won the 6th season of “The Voice of Flander” (The “Voice” of the Flemish part of Belgium).
In May 2019, he released his debut single “Table of Fools” :

Later, he released more songs like “Control“:

and “Dark Maze“:

IBE suggests a unique sound of dark ballads. They all have meaningful texts and take you on a journey. Being only 19 years old with an impressive repertoire can be a key to success at Eurovision

#2. Charlotte Foret (Charles)

Charles is the stage name of  Charlotte Foret. She won the 8th season of “The Voice of Belgium” coached by Matthew Irons, frontman of Puggy. Her stage name comes as an ode to her grandfather who passed away 4 years ago.

In March 2021, she released a new EP, “Falling While Rising“, including 6 songs.

One of the songs in the EP is “Wasted Time

Another one is “Without You“:

Last but not least is “Far Gone” which has a more modern flavour:

Her genre can be described as a combination of soft rock, pop, and alternative rock mixed with Indie.

However, we can say that Charles isn’t a stranger to Eurovision: She was one of the writers and composers of “The Wrong Place” (Belgium entry for Eurovision 2021)

Who knows, maybe Alex Callier can contribute 4th song to Eurovision as a composer (after 2018, 2020, 2021).

#3. Alice On The Roof

Alice On The Roof is the stage name of Alice Dutoit. Her stage name comes from a wordplay on her surname Dutoit: ‘du Toit (in French as ‘from the roof‘).
She is 26 years old Belgian singer who rose to fame after participating in the 3rd season of “The Voice of Belgium“. There she was coached by the singer Natasha St-Pier who represented France at Eurovision 2001.
So far, she has released 2 albums: “Higher” (2016) and “Madame” (2018).
Alice toured Belgium and France in 2019. In October 2019, she performed in Paris during 5 evenings the first part of Vincent Delerm at La Cigale.

One of her most successful songs is “Easy Come, Easy Go” (that was released as a single in 2015):

Another wonderful song is the radio-friendly song “How Long”:

2 years ago, she released a bilingual song in French and English “La fille sur le toit” (Eng: The girl on the roof)

Alice On The Roof suggests a combination of personal songs alongside contemporary pop songs. With a soft voice and sophisticated interpretation, she can be a contender to represent Belgium in front of Europe.

#1. Marina Maximilian

Marina Maximilian is a 33-year-old singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2007, when she participated in “Kochav Nolad 5″ (The Israeli version of the Rising Star). She ended up in 2nd place, just after Boaz Ma’uda (who represented Israel at Eurovision 2008).
Marina was born in Ukraine and moved to Israel at the age of 3.
She released her debut album “Step Into My World” in 2013. The album included 9 songs: 8 of them were in English and the other one in Russian. In 2014 she was awarded as the best female singer in Israel.
In 2016, she released her 2nd album “ארמונות עשן” (English: Smoke palaces).
Since then, she has released successful singles.

In 2013, she released the song “Hurricane“:

In 2018, she came up with the elecro dance pop song “Glow Now

In April 2021, she released the song “Acting Like

Marina isn’t just a professional singer, but also a talented songwriter with a unique voice and emotional intelligence. She is also a pianist who grew up in the jazz music scene.
Having Marina is like a giant box of surprises – you’ll never know which surprise you’ll get, but each one will make you happy.

#2. Lola Marsh

Lola Marsh is an Israeli Indie Pop band that was established in 2013. The lead singer is Yael Shoshana Cohen, while Gil Landau is the guitarist and keyboard player. Other members of the band are Mati Gilad, Ran Gil, and Dekel Dvir.
They released their debut EP “You’re Mine” in 2016, while their first single “Sirens” was released in 2015. Their debut album “Remember Roses” was released in 2017 via “Universal Music Group“. Following that, they went on a tour in the US, Israel, and Europe. Their song “Wishing Girl” was chosen as the soundtrack for eBay Germany.
In 2020, they released their 2nd album “Someday Tomorrow Maybe“.

Without any dew, here are 3 of their beautiful songs:

Wishing Girl” (March 2017) :

Echoes” (was released in July 2019)

In 2019, they released the song “Only For a Moment“:

Yael Shoshana Cohen is one of the most distinctive voices in the indie industry. Lola Marsh just has the formula for creating world hits. They sit in the center of the mainstream, and still never create generic songs. In other words, they know how to bring Indie to the front stage.

#3. Noga Erez

Noga Erez is a 31-year-old Israeli singer, songwriter, and producer. She has been working on her own music since 2011. However, her first single was released in 2016 – “Dance While You Shoot“.
On stage, she is accompanied by Ori Rousso (sampler, synthesizer) and Ran Jacobovitz (electronic drums, percussion). In 2017, she was included in Forbes Israel’s “Under 30” list.
In 2017, she toured Europe, including the UK. So far, she has released 2 albums: “Off The Radar” in 2017 and “Kids” in 2021.
Here are 3 of her wonderful songs:

No News On TV” (June 2020):

You So Done” (August 2020)

End of the Road” (January 2021):

Noga Erez is a hot name in the world of Electronic Dance Music and it’s for a good reason. She is faithful to her own style. She still manages to bring a fresh new spirit to every single song. She will bring a new spirit, new sound, and new inspiration to the contest.

#1. Pleun Bierbooms

Pleun Bierbooms is a 22-year-old Dutch pop-rock singer. She became known after winning the 7th season of “The Voice of Holland” (ended in 2017), coached by former Eurovision artist Waylon.

In 2018, she released a pop song (with dance influences) called “Reverse”:

In May 2021, she released the acoustic ballad “When I Hold You.”:

#2. Dotan

Dotan is an Israeli – Dutch singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
He is 34 years old and has been active since 2011.
So far, he has released 3 studio albums: “Dream Parade” (2011), “7 Layers” (2014), and “Satellites” (2021). In 2020, he released the EP “Numb“.
His second studio album “7 Layers” achieved gold status, while the single “Home” achieved Double Platinum status.
In 2016, he released the song “Shadow Wind” which later on became the anthem of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Dotan‘s music hits the top charts in The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Italy, and more. During his career, he toured Europe (including The Netherlands of course) and the USA.

In 2019, he released the song “Letting Go,” in which its video features an LGBT love story:

The single “Numb” (2020) which became one of the most recognized songs with Dotan:

Mercy” (the song released in May 2021):

Dotan is a talented musician and experienced singer. For me, he is one of the top Dutch singers.
You can see how sensitive he is and predict it will explode on the stage.

#3. Laura Jansen

Laura Jansen is a 44-year-old Dutch American singer. Her mother is American, while her father is Dutch. She has spent 10 years in the US. Before becoming famous in The Netherlands, she performed at the Los Angeles nightclub Hotel Cafe.
In 2009, she released her debut album “Bells” which reached first position in The Dutch iTunes and 6th position in the Dutch top 100.
So far, the singer has released 2 EPs: “Trauna (2007), “Single Girls” (2009), and 3 albums:
Bells” (2009), “Elba” (2013), “We Saw a Light” (2021).

In 2013, she released her song “Queen of Alba”:

At the beginning of the year, she released the song “The Island” which will be included in the film “Island of Refuge” by Oliver Zimmermann:

In February 2021, she released the modern Indie pop song “Modern Love Never Stood A Chance“:

Laura Jansen is a special artist who brings the perfect match between piano melodies, Indie music, and a soft voice.

Stay tuned for more recommendations to come, next time we will travel to other countries.

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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