The Flemish broadcaster VRT, has confirmed their Eurovision 2020 participation, following the nation being knocked out in the first semi-final.
VRT has confirmed that they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Flemish broadcaster is set to internally select their participant for next years competition. The announcement comes after Belgium failed to qualify for the Grand Final last night in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Eliot represented Belgium in the first Semi-Final of Eurovision 2019. The singer performed “Wake Up” on stage, however failed to qualify for the Grand Final. This is the second year running that Belgium has failed to qualify for the final.
Last night also ended RTBF, the Waloon broadcasters, run of qualification which first started in 2013 and saw Belgium’s results in the Eurovision Song Contest dramatically improve.
Source: Eurovision Belgium
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.