Belgian public broadcaster RTBF has confirmed its participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
In a statement to ESCToday, RTBF has revealed that they will be participating in next year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. There is still no confirmation whether Belgium would select an entry internally or via national selection show. Belgium joins nineteen other countries in provisionally announcing their participation.
Belgium were represented by Sennek at this year’s contest in Lisbon, Portugal. However, she failed to reach the Grand Final, placing 12th in the semi-final with her song “A Matter Of Time”.
Israel is expected to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 after their triumph at the 2018 contest in Lisbon with Netta Barzilai and her song “Toy”. Cities across Israel are currently bidding to host the contest amidst controversy and threats of boycotts.
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.