Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 28 September 2017
Song: 5 March 2018
Selected entrantSennek
Selected song"A Matter of Time"
Selected songwriter(s)Laura Groeseneken
Alex Callier
Maxime Tribeche
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (12th, 91 points)
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Sennek was internally selected by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) on 28 September 2017 to represent the nation at the 2018 contest in Lisbon.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2018 contest, Belgium had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-nine times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in 1956.[1] Since then, the country has won the contest on one occasion in 1986 with the song "J'aime la vie" performed by Sandra Kim. Following the introduction of semi-finals for 2004, Belgium had been featured in only six finals. However, in the last three previous contests (2015-2017) Belgium had achieved three consecutive top ten results in the final. In 2017, Blanche represented the country with the song "City Lights", qualifying to the final and placing fourth.

The Belgian broadcaster for the 2018 Contest, who broadcasts the event in Belgium and organises the selection process for its entry, was Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). The Belgian participation in the contest alternates between two broadcasters: the Flemish VRT and the Walloon Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF). Both broadcasters have selected the Belgian entry using national finals and internal selections in the past. In 2016, VRT organised the national final Eurosong in order to select the Belgian entry, while in 2017 RTBF internally selected a contestant from the reality singing competition The Voice Belgique to represent the nation. On 9 May 2017, commentator for VRT Peter Van de Veire confirmed that Belgium would participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and that the Belgian entry would be internally selected.[2]

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 28 September 2017, VRT announced Sennek as the Belgian entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 during the talk show Van Gils & gasten, aired on Één.[3][4] The song, described by the singer as a "unique pop song with a mysterious feeling", was due to be revealed on 6 March 2018.[5] However, it was leaked online on 4 March 2018.

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 29 January 2018, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Belgium was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 8 May 2018, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[6]

Once all the competing songs for the 2018 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Albania was set to perform in position 4, following the entry from Albania and preceding the entry from Czech Republic.[7]

Semi-final[edit]

Sennek performed fourth in the first semi-final on 8 May, following Albania and preceding the Czech Republic. At the end of the night, Belgium was not one of the ten countries announced as proceeding to the grand final, making it their first non-qualification since 2014. It was later revealed that Belgium placed twelfth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 91 points: 20 points from the televoting and 71 points from the juries.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.

Points awarded to Belgium[edit]

Points awarded to Belgium (Semi-final 1) [8]
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
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]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Belgian jury: [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgium Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Internal selection for Belgium in 2018". SongFestival.be. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (28 September 2017). "Belgium: VRT will reveal the Belgian act for Eurovision 2018 tonight". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Laura Groeseneken naar het Eurovisiesongfestival!" (in Dutch). VRT. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^ Farren, Neil (26 February 2018). "Belgium: Entry to be Revealed on March 6". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 January 2018). "Which countries will perform in which Semi-Final at Eurovision 2018?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Running order for Eurovision 2018 Semi-Finals revealed". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b "2018 First Semi-Final Scoreboard - Belgium". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  9. ^ Groot, Evert (30 April 2018). "Exclusive: They are the expert jurors for Eurovision 2018". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 First Semi-Final Detailed Voting Results - Belgium". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Grand Final Scoreboard - Belgium". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  12. ^ "2018 Grand Final Detailed Voting Results - Belgium". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 May 2018.