Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Country  Belgium
National selection
Selection process Eurosong '08
Selection date(s) Heats
27 January 2008
3 February 2008
10 February 2008
17 February 2008
Semifinals
24 February 2008
2 March 2008
Final
9 March 2008
Selected entrant Ishtar
Selected song "O Julissi"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (17th)
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Belgium made its 50th appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. This year Flemish broadcaster VRT was in charge of selecting the Belgian entry and chose it through the programme Eurosong. The winning song was selected on Sunday, 9 March 2008.[1]

At the Eurovision Song Contest Belgium performed in the first semi-final in Belgrade on 20 May 2008. They performed sixth on the night between the debut entries of San Marino and Azerbaijan. After scoring 16 points the song finished 17th out of 19 entries and failed to qualify for the final. It was also the last Eurosong to date.

Eurosong '08[edit]

As with 2006, four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final were broadcast between 27 January and 9 March. Each qualifying heat contained 5 acts, with the top two acts proceeding to the semi-final. Two wildcard entries were also chosen, bringing the total number of acts to 5 in each semi-final. In the semi-finals the top two acts again proceeded to the semi-final, with one wildcard entrant chosen as well. The final was won by Ishtar with the song O Julissi Na Jalini.

Unlike in previous years, only televoting decided the winner with no jury vote used. The jury did, however, comment on the performances and were able to choose the wildcard entries.

The quarter finals[edit]

First quarter final[edit]

29 January 2008

Position Song Singer Place
1 Magical Sensation Katy Satyn 1st
2 Shut Down the Heatmachine Raevan 3rd
3 What I Like About You Brahim 2nd
4 We Breathe Eva Darche 5th
5 Decadence Femme Fatale 3rd

Second quarter final[edit]

3 February 2008

Position Song Singer Place
1 Breaking All The Rules Kenza 3rd
2 Your Guiding Star EFR 3rd
3 O Julissi Na Jalini Ishtar 1st
4 Game Over Esther 5th
5 Addicted To You Tanya Dexters 2nd

Third quarter final[edit]

10 February 2008

Position Song Singer Place
1 My Music Ellis-T 4th
2 Rumour Has It Tabitha Cycon 3rd
3 I'm Not Sorry Di Bono 5th
4 If I Can't Find My Love Nelson 1st
5 Wheel Of Time Geena Lisa 2nd
  • Tabitha Cycon was later chosen as one of the two wild cards for the semi finals by the professional jury.

Fourth quarter final[edit]

17 February 2008

Position Song Singer Place
1 Vagabundo Francesco Palmeri 5th
2 Shout It Out Paranoiacs 2nd
3 Around The World Elisa 4th
4 Lonely Hearts On Wheels A Butterfly Mind 3rd
5 I Feel The Same Way Sandrine 1st
  • A Butterfly Mind was later chosen as one of the two wild cards for the semi finals by the professional jury.

The semi finals[edit]

First semifinal[edit]

24 February 2008

Position Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Tanya Dexters "Addicted To You" Thomas G:son (m & l), Bobby Ljunggren (m), Henrik Wikström (m) 5th
2 Nelson "If I Can't Find My Love" Nelson Morais (m & l) 1st
3 Paranoiacs "Shout It Out" Hans Stevens (m), Raf Stevens (l) 2nd
4 A Butterfly Mind "Lonely Hearts on Wheels" Annelies Cappaert (m & l) 4th
5 Katy Satyn "Magical Sensation" J. Engelbrecht (m & l), S. Engelbrecht(m & l), A. Lennartsson (m & l), G. Mansson (m) 3rd

Second semifinal[edit]

2 March 2008

Position Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Geena Lisa "Wheel of Time" Yves Barbieux (m & l), S. Dutoit (l), Geena Lisa (l) 5th
2 Tabitha Cycon "Rumour Has It" Marc Paelinck (m & l), Marwenna Diame (m & l) 4th
3 Sandrine "I Feel The Same Way" Lawson, Vettese & Howard (m & l) 2nd
4 Ishtar "O Julissi Na Jalini" Michel Vangheluwe (m & l) 1st
5 Brahim "What I Like About You" Brahim Attaeb (m & l), Alan Glass (m & l) 3rd
  • Brahim was later chosen as the wild card for the final by the professional jury.

The final[edit]

9 March 2008

Position Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Place
1 Brahim "What I Like About You" Brahim Attaeb (m & l), Alan Glass (m & l) 4th
2 Paranoiacs "Shout It Out" Hans Stevens (m), Raf Stevens (l) 3rd
3 Nelson "If I Can't Find My Love" Nelson Morais (m & l) 5th
4 Sandrine "I Feel The Same Way" Lawson, Vettese & Howard (m & l) 2nd
5 Ishtar "O Julissi Na Jalini" Michel Vangheluwe (m & l) 1st

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

At Eurovision[edit]

Points Awarded by Belgium[edit]

Points Awarded to Belgium (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgium: 450 songs received for Eurosong 2008". Archived from the original on 26 November 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Sandrine geeft de Vlaamse punten op het Songfestival". eurosong.be. Archived from the original on 13 June 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "RTBF – La 1 – Concours Eurovision de la chanson". rtbf.be. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Belgium: Sandrine to announce Belgian votes". Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008. 

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