Posts Tagged ‘Daan’

Charley says EUROVISION! Junior Eurosong 2010

September 4, 2010

This year’s Belgian national Junior Eurovision selection has been bumped from main public channel één to the kids oriented Ketnet. To ease the pain we’re getting videos for every entry now, whereas in previous years even the winners could consider themselves lucky if they got more than their live performance dubbed with the studio track.

So who am I backing to win? Well, based on the studio versions there’s three songs that really stand out for me.

First up, and the one I think will be most likely to get the approval of Charley says POP! visitors, is ‘Get Up!‘ by Jill & Lauren. Both first stepped into the limelight as part of KetnetPOP 3. KetnetPOP is a yearly album and concert series that has former Junior Eurosong stars and new talent release music together.

Jill & Lauren’s entry is probably the most proper pop song of the bunch and seems like it could have just as easily been recorded by Bo & Monica. Actually, ‘Get Up!‘ was co-written by Miguel Wiels, who was also responsible for Bo & Monica’s ‘Gonna Be A Star‘.

Then there’s Ferre. This 14-year-old easily has the best voice of the bunch. I love his pop/rock song, but if the JESC efforts of Oliver and Trust have proven us anything, it’s that Europe doesn’t seem to like it when we send in this kind of song. However, I’m pretty sure ‘(Met Mijn) Ogen Toe‘ is the one song I’ll keep coming back to in the years to come.

On production and co-writing duties is Jeroen Swinnen, who also had a hand in Tom Dice’s wildly successful Eurovision entry ‘Me And My Guitar‘. One last pop connection Ferre has going on is that his video was shot at the same place in Antwerp as Idool 2003 winner Peter Evrard’s debut video ‘For You’.

Finally, ‘Power Aan De Kids!‘ is my third favourite. Daan & Anne-Sophie of DnA penned this ‘So What‘ sounding anthem together with former Nailpin frontman Sean D’Hondt.

Other notable collaborators are Ingrid Mank and Born Crain on Ymke’s ‘Vive La Fête‘, Katerine Avgoustakis’ producer Yannic Fonderie and Flemish X Factor winner Udo on Ine’s ‘Kusje Van Mij‘ and actor / Eurosong 2006 contestant Tom Van Landuyt who co-wrote this year’s super catchy group song ‘Superidee‘.

Charley says ARTIST! Farewell Bobbejaan Schoepen…

May 18, 2010

Bobbejaan Schoepen has passed away at the age of 85.

Bobbejaan is a musical legend who was one of the first Belgian artists to make it internationally. ‘The Yodeling Whistler‘ from 1962 is just one of many songs that brought him success. Under his American moniker Bobby John he was even asked to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Back in 1957 Bobbejaan was also the first Flemish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. Legend has it that he didn’t know what song he was going to perform until he actually arrived in Frankfurt. ‘Straatdeuntje‘ is a jolly upbeat track that showcases Bobbejaan’s whistling, a talent he sadly lost later in life due to surgery at the mouth.


Bobbejaan’s biggest hit in Flanders is probably ‘De Lichtjes Van De Schelde‘. “When I see the lights of the river Scheldt, my heart starts beating faster…” The song tells the tale of a letter written by a seaman longing for his family. “I know that you will wait for me and that you will be standing at the quay…” Over the last 60 years the song has became one of the biggest Flemish evergreens. Deservedly so.

De Lichtjes Van De Schelde

Bobbejaan is also the only artist in Europe to have a themepark built around his career. Growing tired of touring the singer purchased 30 ha of wetland in 1959. What started out as simply a venue for him to perform in grew into Bobbejaanland, one of the most popular themeparks in Europe.

In recent years Bobbejaan returned to the music industry, recording a new album at the age of 83. The album consisted of new material and reworks of his old classics. Guest artists included Axelle Red and Daan. Below is the video for ‘Le Temps Des Cerises‘, the single he released with Geike Arnaert of Hooverphonic.

Farewell Bobbejaan…