RTBF has according to MSN confirmed that Eliot Vassamillet has been internally selected to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
MSN reports that RTBF has now confirmed this evening following a Télépro report that Eliot Vassamillet has been selected by the Walloon broadcaster to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2019. The 18 year old singer who previously participated in The Voice Belgique will represent Belgium in Tel Aviv.
Pierre Dumoulin from the Roscoe group will write the song that Eliot will perform in Israel. Pierre co-author of Blanche’s “City Lights”, which finished 4th. The song will not be revealed until February. Pierre explained that;
As soon as I saw Eliot’s performance at his Blind audition, I felt he had ‘that extra stuff that I’m looking for in an artist, that sensitivity and crack that’s needed to convey the emotions
Eliot Vassamillet participated in one live show on The Voice Belgique, and was a member of Slimane’s team. Eliot’s selection continues RTBF’s decision to select who have participated in The Voice Belgique as the Belgian entrant for Eurovision.
Belgium were represented by Sennek at the 2018 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”.
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.