Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959
|Eurovision Song Contest 1959|
|Selection date(s)||1, 8, 15 February 1959|
|Selected entrant||Bob Benny|
|Selected song||"Hou toch van mij"|
|Final result||6th=, 9 points|
|Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Belgium was represented by Bob Benny, with the song '"Hou toch van mij", at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. The song was chosen at the Belgian national final on 15 February. Benny would represent Belgium again in the 1961 contest.
Two semi-finals with nine songs in each were held on 1 and 8 February, with only the winning song going forward to the final. Details of participating songs are not currently known, nor how the winner was chosen. The final on 15 February was a head-to-head between "Hou toch van mij" and "Levenssymphonie" by Jo Leemans, with the former being declared the winner.
On the night of the final Benny performed last in the running order, following the United Kingdom. Voting was by 10-member national juries with each member awarding 1 point to his/her favourite song. At the close of the voting "Hou toch van mij" had received 9 points (3 from Germany, 2 from Denmark and the United Kingdom and 1 from Monaco and the Netherlands), placing Belgium joint 6th (with Italy) of the 11 entries.