What do you get when you bring together a blonde singer, a brunette singer and a perfect pop song? No, not ABBA. You get Jill & Lauren, the Belgian girl duo who hope to get the whole of Europe dancing with their irresistible party song Get Up!.
Jill & Lauren live not far from Ghent, one of Belgium’s most beautiful cities, and one of the most important cities in European history. The girls got to know each other a few years ago through a mutual friend and soon discovered that not only their characters but also their voices were a perfect match. A new girl duo was born.
Get Up! is a song that brightens your day when you’ve got out of bed on the wrong side. It’s a song that makes you want to carry on, even when the going gets a little tough. But above all, it’s a song you can sing along to at the top of your voice and dance to as if you’re a very special guest at the world’s best party.
Jill Van Vooren is 15 years old and has one older sister. She attends a high school for the arts and is particularly fond of acting and dancing. She’s also an outdoors girl; she loves surfing. Her great musical role model is nobody less than Beyoncé.
Lauren De Ruyck is 15 years old. She has been fascinated by musicals ever since her early childhood and has frequently performed in major productions. Just like Jill, Lauren plays the electric guitar. These girls rock!
Popular in Belgium
Jill & Lauren have been enormously popular in Belgium for the past couple of months. Their song Get Up! is a big radio hit and the accompanying video clip has long since passed the half a million hits mark on YouTube.
At live performances the girls are invariably swamped with fans, who naturally all want an autograph. Jill & Lauren have already completely won over Belgium. On now to the rest of Europe!
Jill & Lauren co-wrote their Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry together with some of Belgium's finest music producers: Peter Gillis, Miguel Wiels & Alain Vande Putte.
This terrific trio have penned numerous Belgian and Dutch hits. Moreover, this is the second time in a row that their entry has won the Belgian Junior Eurovision Song Contest national selections; they wrote last year’s Belgian entry Zo Verliefd (Yodelo), which was sung by Laura.
Miguel Wiels has been a renowned artist/producer in Belgium for twenty years. His career took off in 1990, following the release of his album A Dream Of No Return’.
Since then he has written, composed and produced countless hit records for a host of famous Belgian artists, including Yasmine, Isabelle A and Eurovision Song Contest legends Nicole & Hugo.
Miguel is also one of the musical brains behind K3, by far the most successful kids-act in Belgium and the Netherlands, selling more than 4 million CDs in the past 10 years.
Their huge success has even inspired German and South African clones. Miguel is also known for his numerous TV appearances as a bandleader, in several musical TV formats.
Peter Gillis is also a veteran composer/producer. He is the man behind a long list of Belgian hits and has worked with some of Belgium’s biggest acts, such as The Dinky Toys and Pop in Wonderland.
Together with Miguel Wiels, he has produced all of K3’s hit singles and albums. His contribution to Jill & Lauren’s Get Up! is his third Junior Eurovision Song Contest collaboration; he also produced the 2006 Belgian candidate Thor’s Een Tocht Door Het Donker and Laura’s 2009 entry Zo Verliefd (Yodelo).
Alain Vande Putte co-wrote the lyrics of Jill & Lauren’s song. His impressive Belgian musical CV includes numerous hits for acts such as Gene Thomas, The Dinky Toys and Sha-na. He is also the third musical brain behind the mega successful K3.