Fifteen-year-old Oliver represents Belgium at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Shut Up, a pop rock song about a relationship that started off great, but ended rather painfully. The song begins with Oliver playing the piano in a modest way, but Oliver soon reveals his true nature: that of a genuine entertainer!
Fifteen-year-old Oliver lives near Antwerp, a historic city that is home to the second largest harbour of Europe. He loves surfing and skiing, but he loves music even more. Oliver started playing the piano when he was eight and he is pretty good with a guitar as well. He takes singing classes too. Oliver wrote his first song when he was ten and has not stopped creating music ever since.
With a father that sung in several bands and a younger brother that plays the guitar, Oliver stems from a musical family. His family also includes an uncle who makes his own guitars and another one who plays the piano. Oliver’s grandfather, a cabaret artist, sings and plays the oboe.
His song Shut Up is about a broken relationship, but according to Oliver it is not autobiographical. He had the verses ready for quite a while and he got the inspiration for the chorus while taking a shower. Next, Oliver went to a recording studio with Jeroen Swinnen, one of Belgium’s greatest producers, to come out again a couple days later with a perfectly balanced pop rock song.
Oliver usually sings in English, but his entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is in Dutch. Still, people from all over Europe can understand it, as he gave it the universal song title Shut Up.
He was the audience’s favourite in the Belgian elections for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and he managed to live up to the expectations. The Belgian panel proclaimed him the new Belgian girls' idol. "The song, the singer, the act, it’s just perfect!", they said.
Ever since Oliver has won the election in his home country, he is popular with the press. His song Shut Up rocketed to the top of the charts and Belgium is very proud to have him representing the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.