Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station VRT, RTBF
National selection events Eurosong (1957–1963, 1965–1984, 1987–1989, 1991–1993, 1995–1996, 1998–2000, 2002, 2004–2006, 2008, 2010–)
Internal Selection (1956, 1964, 1985, 1990, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013–)
Appearances 55 (48 finals)
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1986
Worst result Last: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1973, 1979, 1985, 1993, 2000
External links
Belgium's page at

Belgium is a founding member of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, the country has participated 55 times, only being absent three times in total: in 1994, 1997 and 2001, due to low scores in the previous contests that relegated Belgium from the contest.


Belgium has two national broadcasters of the contest, Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Walloon broadcaster Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF). The two broadcasters rotate selection for the Eurovision Song Contest each year.

While VRT normally hosts a national final, Eurosong, when selecting their entries for Eurovision, it has been normal for RTBF to hold an internal selection process (although it has been known for RTBF to hold a national final at times, for example in 1998, 2005[1][2] and 2011, while VRT internally chose Tom Dice for the 2010 edition).

Belgium has won the contest once, in 1986 when Sandra Kim won with her song "J'aime la vie" in Bergen, Norway. Although she claimed she was 15 years old, she was actually only 13, but was allowed to keep her victory. Currently the minimum age for participation is 16 and thus Sandra Kim will remain the youngest winner unless the age limit is lowered.

Belgium's next best placing has been second which it has achieved twice at the 1978 and 2003 contests. However, it has been last eight times.

In 2003, Urban Trad sang in an invented language earning second place with 165 points, 2 points fewer than that year's winner Turkey. Ishtar did the same in 2008, but came 17th in the first semi-final and thus did not qualify for the final.


In the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Belgium participated in the first semi-final on the 12th May 2009, however they received just one point which came from Armenia and left them in second-last position.


The 2010 entry for Belgium was Tom Dice, runner-up of the Belgian Flemish version of The X Factor in 2008. Dice was internally selected and announced by VRT on 25 November 2009.[3][4] Tom Dice finished 1st in the first semi-final, allowing Belgium to participate to the final for the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals. He eventually finished 6th, Belgium's best result since 2003.[5]


In 2011, the entry for Belgium was Witloof Bay. They didn't qualify for the finals, finishing 11th only one point behind Moldova, and thus 1 point behind the qualification.[6]


Due to the good results & the Flemish population's choice, the VRT cancelled 'Eurosong' selection procedure and chose internally for 2012. For the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, they choose 17-year old singer Iris but decided to let the public choose what song she will sing to represent Belgium. However, she didn't qualify to the finishing 17th of 18 entrants in the first semi-final, scoring just 16 points which was the second lowest total of all the 36 semi-final entrants.[7][8][9]


In 2012, Roberto Bellarosa, winner of The Voice Belgique, was chosen to represent Belgium for the next Eurovision Song Contest to take place in May 2013 in Sweden. Bellarosa made it into the final and finished at the 12th place.[10]


In 2014, VRT organized a national final again[11] and 30 participants were selected to enter the castings. Axel Hirsoux won the national final, with more than 50 percent of the televotes and four times (out of 7 international juries) the maximum of 12 points from the international juries. The song with which he will represent Belgium is called 'Mother' and is a slow ballad.[12]


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Song Final Points Semi Points
1956 Fud Leclerc French "Messieurs les noyés de la Seine" 2 [13] N/A1
No Semi-Finals
1956 Mony Marc French "Le plus beau jour de ma vie" 2 [13] N/A1
1957 Bobbejaan Schoepen Dutch "Straatdeuntje" 8 5
1958 Fud Leclerc French "Ma petite chatte" 5 8
1959 Bob Benny Dutch "Hou toch van mij" 6 9
1960 Fud Leclerc French "Mon amour pour toi" 6 9
1961 Bob Benny Dutch "September, gouden roos" 15 1
1962 Fud Leclerc French "Ton nom" 13 0
1963 Jacques Raymond Dutch "Waarom?" 10 4
1964 Robert Cogoi French "Près de ma rivière" 10 2
1965 Lize Marke Dutch "Als het weer lente is" 15 0
1966 Tonia French "Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel" 4 14
1967 Louis Neefs Dutch "Ik heb zorgen" 7 8
1968 Claude Lombard French "Quand tu reviendras" 7 8
1969 Louis Neefs Dutch "Jennifer Jennings" 7 10
1970 Jean Vallée French "Viens l'oublier" 8 5
1971 Lily Castel & Jacques Raymond Dutch "Goeiemorgen, morgen" 14 68
1972 Serge & Christine Ghisoland French "À la folie ou pas du tout" 17 55
1973 Nicole & Hugo Dutch "Baby, Baby" 17 58
1974 Jacques Hustin French "Fleur de liberté" 9 10
1975 Ann Christy Dutch, English "Gelukkig zijn" 15 17
1976 Pierre Rapsat French "Judy et Cie" 8 68
1977 Dream Express English "A Million in One, Two, Three" 7 69
1978 Jean Vallée French "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie" 2 125
1979 Micha Marah Dutch "Hey Nana" 18 5
1980 Telex French "Euro-Vision" 17 14
1981 Emly Starr Dutch "Samson" 13 40
1982 Stella French "Si tu aimes ma musique" 4 96
1983 Pas de Deux Dutch "Rendez-vous" 18 13
1984 Jacques Zegers French, Italian "Avanti la vie" 5 70
1985 Linda Lepomme Dutch "Laat me nu gaan" 19 7
1986 Sandra Kim French "J'aime la vie" 1 176
1987 Liliane Saint-Pierre Dutch, English "Soldiers of Love" 11 56
1988 Reynaert French "Laissez briller le soleil" 18 5
1989 Ingeborg Dutch "Door de wind" 19 13
1990 Philippe Lafontaine French "Macédomienne" 12 46
1991 Clouseau Dutch "Geef het op" 16 23
1992 Morgane French "Nous, on veut des violons" 20 11
1993 Barbara Dex Dutch "Iemand als jij" 25 3
Participated Previous Year
Relegation from Participating
No Semi-Finals
1995 Frédéric Etherlinck French "La voix est libre" 20 8
1996 Lisa del Bo Dutch "Liefde is een kaartspel" 16 22 12 45
Relegation from Participating
No Semi-Finals
1998 Mélanie Cohl French "Dis oui" 6 122
1999 Vanessa Chinitor English "Like the Wind" 12 38
2000 Nathalie Sorce French "Envie de vivre" 24 2
Relegation from Participating
2002 Sergio & The Ladies English "Sister" 13 33
2003 Urban Trad Imaginary "Sanomi" 2 165
2004 Xandee English "1 Life" 22 7
Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Nuno Resende French "Le grand soir"
Failed to qualify
22 29
2006 Kate Ryan English, French "Je t'adore"
Failed to qualify
12 69
2007 The KMG's English "Love Power"
Failed to qualify
26 14
2008 Ishtar Imaginary "O Julissi"
Failed to qualify
17 16
2009 Patrick Ouchène English "Copycat"
Failed to qualify
17 1
2010 Tom Dice English "Me and My Guitar" 6 143 1 167
2011 Witloof Bay English "With Love Baby"
Failed to qualify
11 53
2012 Iris English "Would You?"
Failed to qualify
17 16
2013 Roberto Bellarosa English "Love Kills" 12 71 5 75
2014 Axel Hirsoux English "Mother"
1. ^ The full results for the first contest in 1956 are unknown, only the winner was announced. The official Eurovision site lists all the other songs as being placed second.
2. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Belgium's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Belgium gave 12 points to a winning song.
     Second place – Belgium gave 12 points to a runner-up song.
     Third place – Belgium gave 12 points to a third place song.
     Qualified – Belgium gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Belgium gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals
Year Final Year Final Semi Year Final Semi
1975  Ireland 1988  United Kingdom No semi-finals 2001 Relegated No semi-finals
1976  United Kingdom 1989  Austria 2002  Spain
1977  United Kingdom 1990  United Kingdom 2003  Turkey
1978  Israel 1991   Switzerland 2004  Turkey  Netherlands
1979  Spain 1992  United Kingdom 2005  Greece  Netherlands
1980  Ireland 1993  United Kingdom 2006  Armenia  Armenia
1981  Denmark 1994 Relegated 2007  Turkey  Turkey
1982   Switzerland 1995  Spain 2008  Armenia  Armenia
1983  Yugoslavia 1996  United Kingdom Unknown1 2009  Turkey  Turkey
1984  Ireland 1997 Relegated No semi-finals 2010  Greece  Iceland
1985  Norway 1998  Netherlands 2011  France  Sweden
1986   Switzerland 1999  Netherlands 2012  Sweden  Russia
1987  Ireland 2000  Latvia 2013  Netherlands  Netherlands

1 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.


Year Location Venue Presenter
1987 Belgium Brussels Centenary Palace Viktor Lazlo

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Belgium has two broadcast stations VRT (Dutch speaking region) & RTBF (French speaking region). Both broadcast the event and over the years VRT and RTBF commentary has been provided by several experienced radio and television presenters, including Nand Baert, Jacques Mercier, Luc Appermont and Paule Herreman. However since the 1991 Contest, André Vermeulen has provided the Dutch language commentary every year, with the exception of the 1996 Contest. Whilst Jean-Pierre Hautier has provided the French language commentary every year since the 1994 Contest. In 1962 VRT used the commentary from NOS (The Netherlands broadcast), the reason for that was unknown.

Year(s) Flemish Commentator Waloon Commentator Spokesperson Dual Flemish Commentator Dual Waloon Commentator
1956 Nand Baert Janine Lambotte N/A No Dual Commentator No Dual Commentator
1957 Anton Peters Bert Leysen
1958 Nand Baert Arlette Vincent Paule Herreman
1959 Anton Peters Paule Herreman Bert Leysen
1960 Nand Baert Georges Désir Arlette Vincent
1961 Anton Peters Paule Herreman Unknown
1962 Willem Duys Nicole Védrès Arlette Vincent
1963 Herman Verelst Pierre Delhasse Unknown Denise Maes
1964 Paule Herreman André Hagon No Dual Commentator
1965 Nand Baert
1966 André Hagon
1967 Janine Lambotte Jan Theys
1968 André Hagon
1969 Paule Herreman Nand Baert
1970 Claude Delacroix André Hagon
1971 Janine Lambotte No spokesperson
1972 Arlette Vincent
1973 Paule Herreman
1974 Georges Désir André Hagon
1975 Paule Herreman Staf Van Berendoncks
1976 Luc Appermont Georges Désir André Hagon
1977 Paule Herreman Anne Ploegaerts
1978 Claude Delacroix André Hagon
1979 Paule Herreman Anne Ploegaerts
1980 Jacques Mercier Jacques Olivier
1981 Walter De Meyere
1982 Jacques Olivier
1983 Anne Ploegaerts
1984 Jacques Olivier
1985 Anne Ploegaerts
1986 Patrick Duhamel Jacques Olivier
1987 Claude Delacroix Anne Ploegaerts
1988 Pierre Collard-Bovy Jacques Olivier
1989 Jacques Mercier Anne Ploegaerts
1990 Claude Delacroix Jacques Olivier
1991 André Vermeulen Anne Ploegaerts
1992 Jacques Olivier
1993 Anne Ploegaerts
1994 Jean-Pierre Hautier Did not participate
1995 Marie-Françoise Renson
1996 Michel Follet Anne Ploegaerts Johan Verstreken Sandra Kim
1997 André Vermeulen Did not participate No Dual Commentator No Dual Commentator
1998 Marie-Hélène Vanderborght Andrea Croonenberghs
1999 Sabine De Vos Bart Peeters
2000 Thomas Van Hamme Anja Daems
2001 Did not participate
2002 Geena Lisa Bart Peeters
2003 Corinne Boulangier Anja Daems
2004 Martine Prenen Bart Peeters
2005 Armelle Gysen Anja Daems
2006 Yasmine Bart Peeters
2007 Maureen Louys Anja Daems Jean-Louis Lahaye
2008 Sandrine Van Handenhoven Bart Peeters
2009 Maureen Louys Anja Daems
2010 Katja Retsin Bart Peeters
2011 Maureen Louys Sven Pichal
2012 Peter Van de Veire
2013 Maureen Louys Barbara Louys Tom De Cock
2014 Eva Daeleman Peter Van de Veire

Additionly since 1998 VRT has supplied a dual commentator to join André Vermeulen, between 1999 and 2010 Dual commentary was provided by Bart Peeters and Anja Daems. Peeters provided the commentary during the years when VRT selected the entries whilst Daems commentated the years RTBF selected the entries. Since 2011 Sven Pichal has replaced Daems as commentator, whilts Peter Van de Veire has replaced Peeters. Since 2007 Jean-Louis Lahaye has joint Jean-Pierre Hautier as dual commentator for RTBF. After Hautier's death in 2012 Lahaye was joined by Maureen Louys in 2013.



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  2. ^ "Belgian National Final 2005". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  3. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-11-25). "Tom Dice to represent Belgium in Oslo". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 28 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Tom Dice gaat naar het Eurovisiesongfestival" (in Dutch). VRT. 2009-11-25. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2010: complete televoting and jury results". 30 June 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Semi-final results at Eurovision 2011". 15 May 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eén begraaft Eurosong als selectie voor het Songfestival" (in Dutch). VRT. 2009-09-09. 
  8. ^ "No Euroson in 2012 but internal" (in Dutch). 2011-02-14. 
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  10. ^ Griper, Ann (19 May 2013). "Who are Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winners? Full results table". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Belgium: VRT confirms participants for Eurosong 2014". 24 January 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Belgium: Axel Hirsoux wins Eurosong with 'Mother'". 16 March. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
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