Laura Groeseneken will perform under the stage name of Sennek at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Laura Groeseneken will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest under the artist name Sennek. VRT announced Laura’s as the Belgian participant at the end of last September. Sennek is the name under which she has been making music for the last couple of years, and the name under which she will now be performing in Portugal. She is currently working on the song she will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Her song will be announced in the coming months.
What does Sennek mean? Laura explained:
I’ve been making music under the artist name Sennek for a while now. I chose that name because it’s a bit mysterious, and it also has a personal link: my last name is Groeseneken. Because I am so closely involved in all the choices during this Eurovision project, it was a logical choice to take on this adventure with my own artist name.
Laura has also reacted to the semi-final allocation draw which saw Belgium drawn into the first semi-final, she commented;
“I didn’t have a preference, but think this is a nice spot in the competition. I have a song, an artist name and now I have a spot in the semi-final. The puzzle pieces are starting to come together. Very exciting!”
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.