Pierre Dumoulin has revealed in an interview with Telepro that he was approached by CyBC to write the Cypriot entry for Eurovision 2018.
The Cypriot national broadcaster approached the songwriter behind “City Lights” and “Wake Up” to write a song for the nation at Eurovision 2018. Pierre Dumoulin revealed in an interview with Telepro that CyBC discussed him writing their entry for Lisbon, before deciding on Alex P. Pierre explained that:
I think that mainly because I have a certain brand, and I say it myself: RTBF acts very boldly, trusting me twice in a row. My songs are not very formatted compared to Fuego from Cyprus last year. When I saw that they were eventually released, and their song turned out to be very effective, I don’t know how to do such things … They are interested in working with me, but will they dare to go all the way?
Telepro adds that the proposal to write the Cypriot entry was given to Pierre at the 2017 contest in Kyiv, where he had finished fourth with the song “City Lights”.
Pierre Dumoulin is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for a second time this year with “Wake Up”. He worked with Eliot to write the song that will represent Belgium in Tel Aviv, before RTBF selected Eliot and the song for the contest.
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.