Conner Rousseau, leader of the Socialist Party in the coalition, left his mark on the Belgian version of the game show Maske Kimsin Sen?, accused of “propaganda for paganism and Satanism” in Turkey and canceled.
During the second season finale which aired on Friday night, it was revealed that the bunny costume contestant, who has been wondering about it for weeks, is the 29-year-old Socialist leader.
There are those who blame Rousseau for participating in such an event in the political environment that intensified after the invasion of Ukraine, and some say he won the sympathy of the electorate with such a bold move.
20-year-old singer Camille Dhont, who entered the cat costume, won the competition, which was released in Belgium as “Masked Singer”.
But the biggest surprise came when the bunny, who had been in the final for seven weeks, took off his mask.
From the bunny suit came Conner Rousseau, the leader of the government partner, the Socialist Party.
For weeks, different predictions have been made for the contestant in the bunny costume. However, no one thought it could be the leader of a political party.
The first question asked by the Belgian media was how Rousseau found the time to prepare to compete despite such a busy schedule.
The SP leader explained that he made time to compete in the summer of 2021 and on Sundays, when the schedule was quiet, and took singing lessons until midnight on Friday evenings.
The Belgian frontman, who says he loves the challenge and can experience first-hand what it’s like to be an entertainer on this stage, says keeping his identity a secret encourages him.
“I’m a young man and it’s not just politics in life,” says the 29-year-old politician, calculating the political repercussions of taking part in the competition.
According to Rousseau, the contest also contributed to his political work. He thinks he managed to control my breathing thanks to the advice he received from the coach of the competition, which will be very useful in the political discussions.
In Belgium, some politicians have appeared on television shows from time to time, but due to the current political environment, one wonders if Conner Rousseau is right to do so.
The young leader has been criticized for “taking less serious than high politics”.
He had attended the coalition negotiation talks wearing a backpack, jeans and a shirt.
Media, “With the energy crisis in Belgium and the ongoing war next to Europe, does a party leader have time to waste on such nonsense?” he asks.
However, the fact that the show was filmed this summer is considered a “mitigating reason” for Rousseau. TV critic Ivan De Vadder says it’s of course impossible for Rousseau to predict that a war might break out months later during filming.
“But this is perhaps the worst moment. The politicians do what they want of course, but for the moment we expect them above all to help us deal with the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis”, believes the Belgian journalist.
De Vadder, Rousseau has a big part in this success of the socialists who took a different position from other centrist parties, his participation in the Masked Singer contest therefore suits the current political strategy very well.
According to the media, Rousseau took a big risk by participating in the Masked Singer competition, but the result nevertheless turned out to be in his favor.
Some commentators point out that the contest final was watched by more than 1.5 million viewers, and they believe that this, in turn, allowed Socialist Party leader Rousseau to reach a wider audience and generate sympathy of the electorate.
It is said that many people have sympathy for Rousseau, especially because of his successful performance “in a rabbit suit” for weeks, and this will give the young politician an advantage.