Tom Dice and Laura Tesoro reveal how they feel about being on the Belgian jury this year.
This morning a full list of jury members for the Eurovision Song Contest were revealed by the EBU. On the panel for Belgium is former Eurovision stars Laura Tesoro (2016) and Tom Dice (2010), a well as singer Lady Linn, producer and songwriter Wouter Vander Veken, and manager/songwriter Bob Savenberg. They will rank the songs in the semi-finals and the final.
Laura and Tom revealed to Belgian broadcaster VRT how they felt to be part of the jury:
Tom: “I’ve been up on that stage myself, so I know what goes through the candidates’ minds when they’re about to perform. I really look forward to being part of the Belgian jury”.
Laura: “It will be so fun to relive the Eurovision Song Contest in a whole new and different way!”
The pair were also asked what the Belgian jury will pay attention to.
Tom: “I’m going to look at the whole picture, but for me it’s important that the candidates sing well. I’ll also pay attention to the meaning of the song. The act has to suit the song, but it’s of less importance to me. Some countries have a smaller budget than others.”
Laura: “I’m curious about the acts, and hope to see a performance that will completely carry me away.
Belgium will be represented this year by Sennek. 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.