After Belgium’s third consecutive top 10 placing, many Belgian artists have expressed their interest in representing the country in Lisbon next year.
One of the most prominent artists to declare their interest is Natalia, who finished second in the national selection in 2004. In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, the singer stated:
“I don’t feel like competing against other Flemish artists but if VRT directly asked me to represent our country and if I have a good song, then I would like to do that. But we will see what the future brings.”
Another interested artist is of particular interest to Eurofans. Kate Ryan, who represented Belgium in 2006, has spoken positively about an eventual Eurovision return. The singer narrowly missed out on a place in the final, finishing 12th in the semi-final with Je T’adore.
Other speculated interested include Belle Perez, Isabelle A, Gene Thomas, Ozark and the group De Romeo’s.
The broadcaster in charge of Belgium’s participation in Eurovision 2018, VRT, will be internally selecting both the artist and song for next year’s contest. The last year that VRT internally selected both the artist and song was in 2010, when Tom Dice was chosen to sing “Me and My Guitar”. That year, Dice brought Belgium back to the final for the first time since 2004 and finished 6th in the final, the highest ever placing by a Flemish artist.
Source: Het Nieuwsblad
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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.