Laura Tesoro

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Laura Tesoro
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Tesoro in 2016
Background information
Born (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 23)
Antwerp, Belgium
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Laura Tesoro (born 19 August 1996) is a Belgian singer and actress. She represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "What's the Pressure". Tesoro is also known for portraying Charlotte on the Flemish soap opera Familie, and placing second on season three of The Voice van Vlaanderen.

Biography[edit]

1996–2014: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Tesoro was born on 19 August 1996 in Antwerp to an Italian father and a Belgian mother.[1] She had her first acting role in the Flemish crime drama Witse as Evy Cuypers in 2008, and went on to perform in musicals such as Annie and Domino. She performed at Ketnetpop in 2009. From 2012 to 2014, she appeared as Charlotte in Familie, a love interest to Guido. In 2014 she appeared in season three of The Voice van Vlaanderen, where she ended up as the runner-up. Throughout her time on the show, she was a member of Team Koen. She released her debut single "Outta Here" the same year, which peaked at number 23 on the Belgian Flemish Singles Chart.

2015–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 2015, she released her second single "Funky Love". In November 2015, Tesoro was announced as one of the five participants of Eurosong 2016.[2] In the first show, she covered the song "Düm Tek Tek" by Hadise, which represented Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[3] In the second show she revealed her Eurovision candidate song "What's the Pressure", and received the highest televoting score.[4] In the final on 17 January 2016, she was declared the winner after placing first with both the Belgian public and international juries. She represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, where she placed tenth in the final.[5] In the same year, Tesoro took part in the Flemish version of two animation movies: she first dubbed Poppy in DreamWorks' Trolls[6] and later, Moana (known in Belgium as "Vaiana") in Disney's movie of the same name.[7] On 28 April 2017, she released the single "Higher", the song peaked at number 20 on the Flemish Singles Chart. Furthermore, on 27 October 2017, she released the single "Beast" which was available for pre-save on Spotify on 20 October, seven days prior.[8] She is also a well-accomplished boxer, and her single "Beast" has a music video showing her boxing skills.[9]

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL
(Fl)

[11]
AUT
[12]
FRA
[13]
SWE
[14]
"Outta Here" 2014 23 Non-album singles
"Funky Love" 2015 [a]
"What's the Pressure" 2016 2 75 103 82
"Higher" 2017 20
"Beast" 25
"Mutual" 2018 23
"Up" 2019 34
"Thinking About You All the Time" (live) 44
"Limits" 47 Limits[10]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or were not released.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2016 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Belgian Act Nominated

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Witse Evy Cuypers Episode: "Innige band"
2012–14 Familie Charlotte Kennis 73 episodes
2015 Altijd prijs Julie Aerts 3 episodes
2016 Trolls Poppy[6] Flemish version
Moana Moana[7][15]
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet
2019 Studio Tarara Dancer 1 Episode: "1.4"

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Funky Love" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 27 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Tesoro, Laura (5 February 2015). "I am Belgian but my father is Italian". Twitter. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ Laufer, Gil (16 November 2015). "Belgium: Eurosong 2016 final on 17 January". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ Cardoen, Sandra (3 January 2016). "Amaryllis is alvast de lieveling van het publiek" (in Dutch). Deredactie.be. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Jury euforisch: "Vlaanderen zou zot zijn, als ze Laura Tesoro niet sturen"". hln.be (in Dutch). Het Laatste Nieuws. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ Victor M., Escudero (17 January 2016). "Belgium: Laura Tesoro wins Eurosong 2016!". EBU.
  6. ^ a b FoxFilmBelgium (14 October 2016), Trolls | Interview Laura Tesoro | HD | Vlaams | 2016, retrieved 1 November 2016
  7. ^ a b Disney België (31 October 2016), Laura Tesoro is de Vlaamse Stem van Vaiana | Disney BE, retrieved 1 November 2016
  8. ^ "PRE-SAVE BEAST BY LAURA TESORO ON SPOTIFY". Sony Music Fans. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  9. ^ "PRE-SAVE BEAST BY LAURA TESORO ON SPOTIFY". Sony Music Fans. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Limits by Laura Tesoro". Apple Music. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Discografie Laura Tesoro". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Discographie Laura Tesoro". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Discographie Laura Tesoro". French Charts Portal. Hung Medienn.
  14. ^ "Discography Laura Tesoro". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Moana / Vaiana". CHARGUIGOU (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Loïc Nottet
with "Rhythm Inside"
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Blanche
with "City Lights"