Singer: Laura Tesoro
Song: What’s the Pressure?
Performing: Second Semi-Final
Memorable Line: “I see massive walls weighing down the people all around”
Chances: Might qualify for the final, but will not break the top half.
Link: Belgium 2016
Rating: 5 Pascals (out of 10).
Listening to this song, it feels somehow wrong coming out of 19-year-old Laura’s mouth. The song feels like it’s from the late 1970s or early 1980s, not 2016.
Poor Laura has to stand in the shadow of the absolutely phenomenal Loic Nottet from last year. And sadly, her song is nowhere near the deep, powerful event his was. “What’s the Pressure” is upbeat, but it almost feels like a karaoke performance at a teenage beauty pageant.
The lyrics, performance, and song as a whole are entirely enjoyable and unobjectionable, but sadly, they are far from great. Unless Laura can deliver in a live performance, this will be passed over as filler. And while it could do well enough to make it into the top 10 of its semifinal, the song will break under the pressure of the final.