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VRT the Flemish language broadcaster in Belgium will be internally selecting their singer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Peter Van de Veire the commentator for VRT has confirmed to Songfestival.be that the Flemish broadcaster will not be holding a national selection process for Eurovision 2018. In 2016 when VRT was last the Belgian broadcaster in charge of Eurovision participation they used Eurosong to select their participant for Stockholm, Sweden, however this will not occur in 2018.

According to Mr Van de Veire VRT will be internally selecting both their singer and song, a method that has brought repeated success for RTBF, the Walloon broadcaster, in the contest. Since 2013 RTBF has internally selected their singer for the Eurovision Song Contest, while since 2015 they have also selected the song internally.

Tonight Belgium are hoping to qualify for their third final in a row as Blanche takes to the stage with her song “City Lights”. Belgium are currently 9th in the betting odds to qualify for the final, having slipped from an early favourite to win this years contest in Ukraine.

To date the following countries have either confirmed or shown an interest in participating in Eurovision 2018:

  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain

Source: Songfestival.be

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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.
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