Last week it became known that the Belgian national broadcaster, VRT, will organize a national selection again to choose the next Belgian contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The national selection, called “Eurosong”, was last held in 2016, when Belgium was represented by Laura Tesoro with the song “What’s the Pressure”.
What we know so far
The next edition of Eurosong will last for 5 to 7 weeks, and the live-shows will be presented by the well-known Belgian presenter Peter van de Veire. The shows will be broadcasted by the Belgian channel Eén.
The VRT, which is the national broadcaster of the Flemish-part of Belgium, hopes to attract well-known artists to participate in the search for new Eurovision talent. A wish list of the VRT has some big names on it with the likings of Natalia (came in 2nd during Eurosong 2004), The Starlings (one half of this formation, Tom Dice, already represented Belgium in the contest of 2010, and finished in 6th place during the Grand Final), Regi (a DJ that became known in the Eurodance scene in the late ‘90’s – early ‘00’s with the duo “Milk Inc.”), but also Niels Destadsbader (presenter of the national Belgian selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest of 2012).
The full explanation of the format, its dates, and venue have yet to be revealed by the VRT.
Belgium in the contest
In the contest of 2022 Belgium ended in 19th place in the Grand Final. In 2022 the French part of Belgium chose the Belgian representative, and the Belgian contestant of the 2023 contest will be chosen by the Flemish part. The French part of Belgium is the most successful up to now, having won the contest once for Belgium in 1986 when Sandra Kim sang “J’aime la Vie” in Bergen, Norway.