RTBF will be holding “Les Talents chantent l’Eurovision”, a special concert featuring past Eurovision winners and The Voice Belgique stars.
RTBF the Waloon broadcaster in Belgium has announced it will be holding a one-off concert ahead of this years Eurovision Song Contest 2017. “Les Talents chantent l’Eurovision” will take place on May 2 from 20:15 CET live from Liege. The show will feature talent from the past six series of The Voice Belgique alongside former Eurovision participants.
Announced as appearing as guests at the concert are:
- Sandra Kim – Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 for Belgium
- Johnny Logan – Three time winner of the Eurovision Song Contest as a singer for Ireland in 1980 and 1988, as well as a songwriter for Ireland in 1992.
- Tom Dice – Represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway with the song “Me & My Guitar”
- Axel Hirsoux – Represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song “Mother”.
The show will also feature clips from past contests and look back at the best moments from across the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Hosting the show are Maureen Louys and Jean-Louis Lahaye. Maureen Louys has commentated at the Eurovision Song Contest for RTBF seven times, including as lead commentator on four occasions, she will return to the role once again this year in Kyiv.
Blanche, also known as Ellie Delvaux, was a former participant of The Voice of Belgium. Ellie reached the show’s semi-finals and was contacted by Pierre Dumoulin of the band Roscoe following her participation in the internationally popular show-format. After working with her on new music and discussing the possibility of representing the nation with RTBF, their combined efforts were chosen to showcase the talent of Belgium in Kyiv.
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Belgium was one of the original seven nations to participate in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date the country has won the contest only once in 1986. Sandra Kim won the contest with the song “J’aime la vie”, her victory was not without controversy when it emerged that Sandra was just 13 years old, two years younger than the age restriction at the time. In the late 00s Belgium struggled in the contest failing to reach the final annually from 2005 until 2010, when Tom Dice finished 6th in the final with 143 points. Belgium has finished last at the contest six times, including two sets of nul points.