Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Country  Belgium
National selection
Selection process Artist: Internal Selection
Song: Eurovision 2013: À vous de choisir la chanson!
50% Jury
50% Televoting
Selection date(s) Artist: 16 November 2012
Song: 16 December 2012
Selected entrant Roberto Bellarosa
Selected song "Love Kills"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (5th, 75 points)
Final result 12th, 71 points
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2012 2013 2014►

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Belgian entry was selected through a combination of an internal selection to select the artist and a national final to select the song, organised by the Belgian broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF). Roberto Bellarosa represented Belgium with the song "Love Kills", which qualified from the first semi-final of the competition and finished in 12th place in the final, scoring 71 points.[1][2] That was Belgiums's 2nd best placing since the introduction of the semi finals 2004.

Internal selection[edit]

On 16 November 2012, RTBF announced that Roberto Bellarosa was internally selected to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[3][4] On 20 November, RTBF held a press conference in order to present their internal selection and to announce that a three-song radio selection would take place on 16 December 2012 in order to select the song.[5]

Eurovision 2013: A vous de choisir la chanson![edit]

On 16 December 2012, Roberto Bellarosa performed three songs during a live radio show that aired on VivaCité and was webcast on the official website of RTBF.[6] Initially, record label Sony Music presented six candidate songs, and the broadcaster's jury selected three of these to go through the national final.[7] The song titles were revealed on 11 December.[8] The combination of public (50%) and professional jury (50%) votes resulted in the selection of "Love Kills", music and lyrics by Jukka Immonen and Iain Farquharson as the winning song.[1][5]

Draw Artist Song Result
1 Roberto Bellarosa "Love Kills" Winner
2 Roberto Bellarosa "Reste toi"
3 Roberto Bellarosa "Be Heroes"

At Eurovision[edit]

Roberto Bellarosa at the first semi-final dress rehearsal in Malmö.

Belgium was allocated to compete in the first semi-final on 14 May for a place in the final on 18 May.[9] In the first semifinal, the producers of the show decided that Belgium would perform 15th, following Cyprus and preceding Serbia.[10] On stage, Bellarosa was joined by two female backup dancers: Cassandra Markopoulos and Manelle Jebira, and three backing vocalists: Ivann Vermeer, Magali David and Virginie Luypaerts.

Belgium qualified from the first semi-final, placing 5th and scoring 75 points.[11][12] At the first semi-final winners' press conference, Belgium was allocated to perform in the first half of the final.[13] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Belgium would perform 6th, following Spain and preceding Estonia.[14] Belgium placed 12th in the final, scoring 71 points.[2]

Points awarded to Belgium[edit]

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

Points awarded by Belgium[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Grand Final". 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (16 November 2012). "Roberto Bellarosa to Malmö for Belgium". 
  4. ^ "RTBF sends Roberto Bellarosa to Song Contest". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Storvik-Green, Simon (20 November 2012). "Belgium: Radio final to choose song for Roberto". 
  6. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (16 December 2012). "Today: Belgium chooses a song for Roberto". 
  7. ^ Repo, Juha (20 November 2012). "Belgium to select between 3 songs on radio". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (11 December 2012). "Song titles revealed ahead of Belgian final". 
  9. ^ Siim, Jarmo (17 January 2013). "Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". 
  10. ^ Siim, Jarmo (28 March 2013). "Eurovision 2013: Semi-Final running order revealed". 
  11. ^ Leon, Jakov (14 May 2013). "We have our first ten finalists!". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi-Final (1)". 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Brey, Marco (14 May 2013). "First Semi-Final Winners' Press Conference". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 May 2013). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed". Retrieved 17 May 2013.