Belgium’s Hooverphonic were set to represent the country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest with their song Release Me, however, that did not go to plan as we all know. The band return with their entry for the 2021 contest, The Wrong Place, a track with Americana influences.
Last November, band member Luka Cruysberghs departed and former member Geike Arnaert announced her return – Arnaert features on the new song. Speaking to Eurovision.TV the group cited Lee Hazelwood as an influence: “The lyrics are inspired by Lee Hazelwood, who wrote These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ for Nancy Sinatra, and countless other classics. With the whiff of sarcasm, some sardonic humour, and the well-defined attitude as a result.”
Band member Alex Callier also cited Johnny Cash as someone who inspired the release: “We heard Johnny Cash on the radio during a songwriting session. In jest, we gave ourselves the challenge to incorporate Johnny Cash in our new song. This resulted in the lyric: ‘Don’t you ever dare to wear my Johnny Cash T-shirt’. The rest of the song is built around this phrase.”
Charlotte Foret and Alex Callier write the track with Callier also serving as producer. The Wrong Place is released through Universal Music and will compete in the second half of the first semi-final of the contest on the 18th of May 2021.