Reynaert

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Reynaert
Birth name Joseph Reynaerts
Born 1955
Origin Seraing, Belgium
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter

Reynaert (born Joseph Reynaerts, 1955, Seraing) is a Belgian singer-songwriter, best known for his participation in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest.

Early career[edit]

Reynaert started busking at the age of 18. In 1978 he won the annual music competition in the town of Spa with the song "Cerf-volant" ("Kite"), which was released as a single. Another single, "Pas assez" ("Not Enough"), followed in 1982 and he released his first album in 1984.[1]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 1988, Reynaert's song "Laissez briller le soleil" ("Let the Sun Shine") was chosen as the Belgian representative in the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 30 April in Dublin.[2] Despite its title, it was a lyrically bleak, almost despairing, song which failed to connect with the voting juries and finished the evening in joint 18th place of 21 entries, having received points solely from the French jury.[3]

Later career[edit]

"Laissez briller le soleil" was released as a single but met with little success. Since then little has been heard of Reynaert. He appears to have slipped back into obscurity, and his current whereabouts and career are unknown.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Liliane Saint-Pierre
with Soldiers of Love
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
1988
Succeeded by
Ingeborg (singer)
with Door de wind