Hadise, the singer who represented Turkey in Eurovision 2009, has said she would like to return to the contest and represent Belgium.
The Turkish-Belgian singer, who finished in 4th place in 2009 with Düm tek tek, hopes to represent her country of birth on the Eurovision stage. The singer explained her wish during an appearance on the morning show of Flemish radio station MNM.
Hadise also spoke with host Peter Van de Veire about her disappointment in not winning the 2009 contest in Moscow and her disappointment that Turkish broadcaster TRT has not participated in Eurovision since 2012:
Music is freedom in my eyes. Music should always be there, no matter what.
Hadise’s entry in 2009 received 177 points, behind Alexander Rybak for Norway with Fairytale, who won the contest and also the entries from Iceland and Azerbaijan.
Since 2009 Hadise has released several successful albums and singles in Turkey and also has a strong fanbase in Belgium, where she has hosted the Flemish version of The X Factor.
Whilst the singer has expressed her desire to represent Belgium in Eurovision it is understood that she has not been approached by the relevant broadcasters to participate.
Source: MNM / songfestival.be
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / EBU
Belgium in the Eurovision Song 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.