It’s time for Belgium!
BELGIUM IN THE JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST:
Belgium has competed in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest until 2013.
The country’s best result was in 2009, when Laura Omloop came 4th with “Zo verliefd”. Belgium’s worst result was in 2007, with Trust coming 15th with “Anders”.
Two broadcasters were once responsible for the Belgium entry at Junior Eurovision – as for the Eurovision Song Contest, both Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Walloon broadcaster Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF) were responsible for organising the Belgian entry for Junior Eurovision.
The two broadcasters shared responsibility, with VRT organising one year, and RTBF organising the following year. In 2003 VRT organised the Belgian entry, sending X!NK to Copenhagen with “De vriendschapsband”, while in 2004 RTBF organised the Belgian entry, sending the Free Spirits to the contest in Lillehammer with “Accroche-toi”.
2005 marked a change to the format, with both broadcasters organising one national final due to the 2005 Contest being held in the Belgium city of Hasselt. Each broadcaster chose six songs to compete in one national final, with the final winner representing Belgium at the contest. The winner was Lindsay Daenen with “Mes rêves”.
2006 returned to the previous format, with VRT organising the entry. Following this RTBF decided to withdraw from Junior Eurovision due to a lack of interest for the contest in Wallonia and in RTBF. This gave VRT total control of Belgium’s Junior Eurovision entry.
Although VRT is a Dutch broadcaster, it has been known for them to include some French songs in their national finals, for example, in 2008. However, since 2006 all Belgian entries have been in Dutch.
On 26 March 2013, Flemish broadcaster, VRT, announced that Belgium will withdraw from the contest in 2013, according to sources. On the other hand, their neighbor, the Netherlands, suggested that Belgium could take a one-year break from the contest in order to “NOT disappoint the kids of Belgium.”
On 20 December 2013, Belgium’s Flemish TV Channel Ketnet announced that they are no longer interested in Junior Eurovision and decided not to make a comeback in Malta.
- Junior Eurovision 2003: X!NK – De Vriendschapsband
- Junior Eurovision 2004: Free Spirits – Accroche-Toi
- Junior Eurovision 2005: Lindsay – Mes Rêves
- Junior Eurovision 2006: Thor – Een tocht door het donker
- Junior Eurovision 2007: Trust – Anders
- Junior Eurovision 2008: Oliver – Shut Up!
- Junior Eurovision 2009: Laura – Zo Verliefd
- Junior Eurovision 2010: Jill & Lauren – Get Up!
- Junior Eurovision 2011: Femke – Een Kusje Meer
- Junior Eurovision 2012: Fabian – Abracadabra
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