A total twenty five songs were in the running to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In an interview with Telepro, Pierre Dumoulin has revealed that his song “Wake Up” was one of twenty five songs that were presented to a jury at RTBF for Eurovision 2019.
Pierre explained that contrary to public perception, he was not selected by RTBF directly to compose the nations entry for Tel Aviv, but decided to apply to compete in the selection for 2019 with Eliot. As previously revealed the Head of Delegation for RTBF, the broadcaster has a 17 member jury formed of people involved in the world of music that help to select their participant.
Pierre Dumoulin went on to explain that the way he is approaching Eurovision has changed from 2017 when he wrote “City Lights” to this year:
The only thing I have to do in the end is to respect the duration of 3 minutes maximum. Two years ago, I found it complicated. Today, I found the recipe to get there, and it bothers me less. It’s the only artistic brake. If I had to tell myself that I have to compose “for Eurovision”, that would not make sense. I always go on instinct by making music that speaks to me and corresponds to me.
He went on to explain the process behind writing “Wake Up”:
With Eliot, we sat around the table with his ideas, and his wish was to awaken consciences. But all that happened before the climate protests. It’s funny as we have been caught up in the news. This is not done on purpose. And for Eurovision, to convey a message, it is a stage that we have to play too. This is the message of a generation that wants to move.
Who is Eliot Vassamillet?
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 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.