Belgium is on the edge of the top ten of the betting odds following her first rehearsal today in Lisbon, Portugal.
Sennek took to the Eurovision stage for the first time today, but the bookies haven’t reacted positively to her first rehearsal. Belgium now sites in tenth place in the Betting Odds having spent the past month falling back from 4th in the odds to their current position in 10th.
After nine countries took to the stage today, they are still viewed as a qualifier for the final. They currently sit as 8th favourite to qualify for the final, but had sat as 4th favourite at the start of April.
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.
Source: Eurovision World
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.