Like the Wind (song)

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Belgium "Like the Wind"
Eurovision Song Contest 1999 entry
Vanessa Chinitor
Ilia Beyers,
John Terra,
Emma Philippa Hjälmås,
Wim Claes
Ilia Beyers,
John Terra,
Emma Philippa Hjälmås,
Wim Claes
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Dis oui" (1998)   
"Envie de vivre" (2000) ►

"Like the Wind" was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, performed in English by Vanessa Chinitor. This was only the second time that Belgium had entered a song entirely in English, the first being Dream Express' "A Million in One, Two, Three" back in 1977.

The song was performed second on the night (following Lithuania's Aistė with Strazdas and preceding Spain's Lydia with "No quiero escuchar"). At the close of voting, it had received 38 points, placing 12th in a field of 23.

The song features Chinitor explaining that she needs to be "like the wind", in the sense that it is eternal and doesn't care about what happens to be in its way. For her Eurovision appearance, Vanessa wore a red dress which left her shoulders bare, whilst her female backing singers (including 1981 Dutch representative Linda Williams) appeared in black. She was also accompanied by a man in a grey suit, who, Terry Wogan commented, appeared to be playing a "Mongolian nose flute" (it was actually an ocarina).

It was succeeded as Belgian representative at the 2000 Contest by Nathalie Sorce with "Envie de vivre".


Chart (1999) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 3

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