In Belgium, just over 250,000 viewers watched on La Une as Belgium failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
255,338 viewers watched on the Walloon broadcaster as Sennek competed in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The show topped the most watched shows broadcast in the Walloon part of Belgium yesterday, with the show achieving a 20.37% viewing share.
Sennek (whose real name is Laura Groeseneken) was born in Leuven, Belgium on 30th April 1990. Her musical career revolves around singing and songwriting, as well as playing the piano and melodica. She was the keyboardist for Belgian musician Ozark Henry, a role which involved touring worldwide and performing at Rock Werchter, a large rock music festival in her hometown.
Sennek performed fourth in first semi-final and was the first song to not make it through to the final for Belgium since the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. The full results of the semi-final will not be revealed until after the Grand Final.
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.