RTBF has announced that it will broadcast the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on time delay.
The Waloon broadcaster RTBF has revealed that it will be broadcasting the second semi-final of Eurovision 2018 on a 90 minute time delay. The show which will be broadcast on La Une will be deferred until 22:30 CET. The broadcaster will however show both the first semi-final and the grand final live from 21:00 CET.
Commentary will be provided by Maureen and Jean-Louis. Maureen was a co-host of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and has been the lead commentator since 2013. While Jean-Louis Lahaye has been the co-commentator for RTBF since the 2007 contest in Helsinki, Finland.
The channels coverage of Eurovision 2018 will kick off 40 minutes before semi-final one. La Une will broadcast ‘La Belgique au top de l’Eurovision’, which will highlight the best performances by Belgium in the competition. The show will be presented by Maureen and Jean-Louis from a Portuguese cafe and will feature a guest appearance from Blanche.
At the end of September last year, it was announced that Sennek would represent Belgium at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This early announcement made her the first confirmed artist of the new Eurovision season. She has previously described her song for Lisbon as “a pop song, but not a typical one. Not even for the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a bit mysterious.” Sennek wrote and composed the song herself.
Sennek will perform fourth in the first semi-final on May 8. She will be hoping to continue Belgium’s recent run of good results in the contest, by becoming the fourth consecutive Belgian act to finish in the top ten.
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.