Jérémie Makiese will represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy.
Jérémie Makiese was revealed as the Belgian representative for Eurovision 2022 during Le 8/9 on VivaCité radio. The song that Jérémie will perform in Italy will be revealed at a later date.
Jérémie is 20 years old and was born in Antwerp but moved to Uccle in Brussels with his family at the age of six. This April, he won the ninth season of The Voice Belgique. He also plays as goalkeeper for Royal Excelsior Vitron in the Belgian First Division B. He is the fifth consecutive former The Voice Belgique contestant to be chosen by RTBF to represent Belgium and the first winner of the show since Roberto Bellarosa in 2013 to represent the country. Jérémie had previously stated his interest to go to Eurovision in an earlier interview.
This was the third time in four years that Belgium was the first country to reveal their Eurovision entrant. Sennek and Hooverphonic were the first acts to be announced for the 2018 and 2020 contests respectively.
Hooverphonic represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “The Wrong Place”. They qualified for the final, bringing Belgium to the final for the first time since 2017, and finished 19th with 74 points.
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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.