Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982

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Eurovision Song Contest 1982
Country  Belgium
National selection
Selection process Eurosong
Selection date(s) 24, 31 January 1982
7, 14, 21 February 1982
Selected entrant Stella
Selected song "Si tu aimes ma musique"
Finals performance
Final result 4th, 96 points
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1981 1982 1983►

Belgium was represented by Dutch singer Stella Maessen (billed simply as Stella), with the song '"Si tu aimes ma musique", at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Harrogate, England on 24 April. The Belgian preselection consisted of three heats, a semi-final, and the final on 21 February. All the shows took place at the RTBF studios in Brussels, hosted by Pierre Collard-Bovy.

This was Stella's third appearance at Eurovision: She had appeared twice as part of the group Hearts of Soul/Dream Express for the Netherlands in 1970 and for Belgium in 1977. As a solo singer, she had also taken part in the Belgian preselection in 1981.

Heats and semi-final[edit]

Three heats were held with six songs in each, from which the top two songs selected by televoting went forward to a semi-final. The top four songs from the semi-final went forward to the final. Details of the non-qualifying songs from the first heat are not currently available.[1]

Final[edit]

The national final was held on 21 February with the winning song chosen by a 12-member "expert" jury. After Stella was declared the winner, it was reported that some RTBF executives were unhappy about the fact that they were to be represented by a Dutch-born singer who spoke very little French.[2]

21 February 1982
Draw Artist Song Place
1 Stella "Si tu aimes ma musique" 1
2 Baxter "Plus personne n'y croit" 2
3 Tiziano "Par amour" 3
4 Joseph Cioppa "Vivons l'amour de demain" 4

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Stella performed 11th in the running order, following Austria and preceding Spain. At the close of the voting "Si tu aimes ma musique" had received 96 points, placing Belgium 4th of the 18 entries. Although the song did not receive any 12 points votes (the highest were 10 from Denmark and Spain), it achieved the distinction of being only the eighth song in Eurovision history to that date (and only the third non-winner) to receive points from every other participating country (excluding the 1971-1973 contests where each country had to award a minimum of 2 points to every song). The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Switzerland.[3]

Points Awarded by Belgium[4][edit]

12 points   Switzerland
10 points  Germany
8 points  Luxembourg
7 points  Israel
6 points  Austria
5 points  Sweden
4 points  Spain
3 points  Cyprus
2 points  Norway
1 point  Yugoslavia

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