Margaret Hermans may have won the Zomerhit 2022, but she can’t match Camille Dhont in terms of popularity. On that Thursday he literally flew across Flanders to present her new album. Upon landing in Wijnegem, no less than a thousand fans were waiting for the still-uncrowned pop princess in Flanders. The SOS record will finally elevate her to the throne.
The horses across from the mall did not know what was going on Thursday afternoon. Suddenly a helicopter landed on their lawn. A blonde princess in a bright pink miniskirt and a tiara on her head, sets foot on the Wijnegem soil.
Camille’s mission: Promote her SOS album, which contains the hit songs “Vuurwerk”, “Diamant” and “Geen Teen Meer Over”, as well as ten brand-new songs. In the afternoon, local FNAC and Standaard Boekhandel already had to bring in several boxes full of this CD. sign on the wall. At about 4.30 pm, a thousand (!) fans gathered in the main square of the shopping center: mostly young girls with their parents or older sister. According to Camille herself, her Wijnegem followers shouted and sang the loudest of all the bands she met on Thursday.
“We’ve been here since 10 in the morning,” says Julisa Iwens of Messelbroek near Scherpenheuvel at the front of the massive row that runs across the square and through the long lanes of the big shopping centre. The girl, like most of Camille’s lovers, also wears pink and is accompanied by her father, Kurt. “It was the first time I met her. I didn’t mind waiting at all. Camille was so sweet. Soon we will be home happily while we sing “Fireworks” together again.”
Barbara Ruby is in 10th or so with her daughter Amelie (13). “We have been here in Wijnegem since 1:30. This will be our second meeting today with Camille,” the duo surprised from Torhut in West Flanders. “Our idol was already at the K shopping center in Kortrijk this morning. We were there too. We don’t mind standing in line for seven hours today. Amelie has a big poster written by herself with the message that Camille is a star and she totally made her summer.”
Jennie Beals was there, too. A member of the Antwerp Youth Council for Vorwit did not wish to make a statement about the possibility of merging Wijnegem into the large city of Antwerp. She was invited by the record label to surprise Camille with a platinum award for her song “Diamant”. You have already reached three million streams. It is said that ten thousand copies of this new “SOS” CD have been pre-booked.
“For me, Camille symbolizes how girls and boys can achieve their childhood dreams. All young people are capable of it. I would like to help them with that. Just because she was previously involved in anti-bullying campaigns makes Camille a hero in my eyes. I also love her music. Give me ‘fireworks’ “.
Everyone who saw her big wish come true thanks to Gazet Van Antwerpen was young Marta (10) from Deurne. She collided with her great idol, with her mother Martin, after the miraculous landing in the Wijnegem meadow. This was not the intention, but Camille soon made time for Marta between interviews and photo shoots. Safa and Sangeeta were allowed to take a photo. Then the three girls cycled home with a beam
Despite a very long day filled with helicopter flights and endless fan encounters, Camille himself still looked radiant and sweet to all those girls who were allowed to take a picture using the new CD as an entry ticket. They will soon be able to download it for 20 euros. Taking selfies is prohibited.
The most common question during those short meetings was whether Camille didn’t want to represent our country at the Eurovision Song Contest. After all, for the first time since 2016, VRT will once again organize preliminary rounds of Eurosong to select a candidate. “I still feel like I’m not very expert at that,” Camille was surprised when we asked her that question, too. “I definitely want to do it once, but only in a year or two.”
By the way, Camille did not sing. There wasn’t really a minute left for that.(yes)