Belgium was represented at Eurovision 2005 by Nuno Resende and the song "Le Grand Soir". The French-speaking RTBF chose its representative at a national final on Sunday March 20, 2005.The event was held at the RTBF TV Studios during a special show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. Only two songs were performed in that final, with the public displaying their preference for Nuno Resende's "Le grand soir" (The big night) by a wafer-thin margin. The song was written by Frédéric Zeitoun and composed by Alec Mansion.
Nuno Guilherme de Figueiredo Resende was born in Porto, Portugal, on 25 June 1973. His family immigrated to Belgium where Nuno received his degree in physical education. He started his career in the basement of his house, surrounded by his guitar and a couple of friends. Nuno also had a stage career where he performed in musicals such as Belle et la Bête, Roméo et Juliette, and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort. In the 2000 Belgian national final, Nuno competed as the lead singer of the group La Teuf who finished 6th with the song "Soldat d'amour".
Because Belgium placed 22nd at the 2004 contest, Nuno was forced to compete in the Eurovision semi-final.
Nuno had a very simple performance, which was effective in expressing the meaning of his song. Nuno was alone on stage throughout the whole song just singing his heart out he performed 11th, following Iceland and preceding the Estonia he came 22nd with 29 points failing to qualify to the Grand Final.Therefore, Belgium will have to compete in the semi-final again in ESC 2006.
The spokesperson who revealed Belgium's votes for other countries was Armelle, a journalist and host of La Une