BELGIUM – In a more confident way, Sennek gives a good and promising performance. Belgium was originally considered a favourite for the 2018 Eurovision trophy but the promo tour performances were bad enough to destroy any thoughts for bringing the trophy to Brussels. This time with better make up and mystic allure on the catwalk Sennek seems to bring again the big question: will this one qualify? I am not sure she will make it (at least not easily). Remember we will see one fo the most difficult semi finals on May 8th and anything is possible. Not the best camera work (better than the first round though) and still backing vocals should be inline better.
ESCKAZ.COM: Sennek’s performance is really good, she looks more confident and very relaxed on stage. It’s still all dark – but I think it suits her and her song.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The only negative thing I have to comment is the outfit choice – the lighting is very dark and moody, a lot of dark blues and black.
ESCXTRA.COM: Simple, sultry and lots of changes as Sennek rehearses for Belgium.
EUROVOIX.COM: The end of the performance sees the backing singers embrace Ari, this is change from the first run through. The opening lighting is a bit shaky. Elegant performance and a serious turn around from the first rehearsal. Belgium should improve in the odds.
DESTINATIONEUROVISION.PL: Vocally, she is good, not great, but still there’s something missing in this performance to make it stand out among the other songs, as this semifinal has many high-quality acts. Still, Belgium has a few more days to fix it.
BELGIUM – Two public broadcasters in Belgium alternate their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. RTBF was responsible for arranging the Belgian Eurovision entry in 2017 meaning that it is the turn of Flemmish broadcaster VRT in 2018. Earlier this year, the broadcaster already confirmed that an internal selection would be used to decide Belgium’s choice of artist for Lisbon.
Laura’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was announced on the talkshow Van Gils & Gasten, during which she performed an English version of Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both), Portugal’s winning song at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Laura Groeseneken was born in 1990 and comes from Leuven. The singer-songwriter has already worked on several high-profile musical projects including the 50th anniversary celebrations of the James Bond franchise, 007 In Concert. Since 2014 Laura has been performing with with Ozark Henry and together they have appeared at some of Belgium’s biggest festivals, including Rock Werchter, which takes place in Belgium every July.
BELGIUM – Flemish national broadcaster annoucned this morning that tonight at 22:00 CET and during the TV show Van Gils & Gasten we will find out the artist who will represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, a decision reached by VRT internally. The song will be of course decided and revealed in the following months. It is rumoured that VRT has been negotiating with big names in Belgium for the Lisbon Eurovision Song Contest edition. We will find out more tonight.
BELGIUM – “The Hanging Tree” is a song performed by composer James Newton Howard featuring vocals from American actress Jennifer Lawrence for the 2014 film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in the third installment of The Hunger Games film series. The song did not appear on the original official soundtrack album for the film (although it does appear on the score album), but was added during the digital re-release of the official soundtrack for the film.
The lyrics were written by The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and originally appeared in her novel Mockingjay. The music was composed by Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of American indie folk band The Lumineers.
Following its release, “The Hanging Tree” debuted in the top 40 of the singles charts of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The song was released to American hot adult contemporary radio stations on December 15, 2014. A remixed version of the song by Rebel was released to contemporary hit radio stations on December 9, 2014.
Composer, James Newton Howard appeared on the show as he is planning a concert in Antwerp on November 11st which will be actually one for eh 16 concerts organised all over Europe in each of them a country’s best performer will sing his song.
Ellie Delvaux was born in Belgium, on 10 June 1999. She is Jewish and speaks French, Yiddish, English and Hebrew. As a child she liked to sing to herself. She later attended some musical theatre classes and took part in school performances. When she turned 16, she auditioned for The Voice. After Eurovision, she hoped to complete secondary school in Belgium. Her stage name, “Blanche”, is her third name.
BELGIUM – The Belgian broadcaster VRT has said it is in the process of selecting the country’s entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
In a statement, the Flemish broadcaster said, “We are in discussions with several performers and their representatives. There are a number of singers interested, both young and old, as well as new talent and more famous artists. The most important thing for us is to find the best combination. It all starts with the performer”. VRT added, “As soon as we reach a decision we will make it public. It is still too early to speculate who it may be, but we are entering the last stretch of the process”.
The broadcaster has already formed an expert jury to select Belgium’s Eurovision representative. Several artists have expressed their interest to take part in the contest including the famous singer Natalia Druyts, who was runner up in the Belgian national selection in 2004, as well as Belgian 2006 representative Kate Ryan, and singers Belle Perez and 2 Fabiola.
Blanche represented Belgium at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, coming fourth in the final.
BELGIUM – Loïc Nottet is a Belgian singer, who finished second in the third season of The Voice Belgique in 2014 and represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 which was held in Vienna, Austria, where he placed fourth with 217 points. On 3 November 2014, Belgium’s French language state broadcaster, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), announced Nottet as the Belgian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 to be held in Vienna, Austria. On 10 March 2015, “Rhythm Inside”, his entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, was presented (co-written by his Voice mentor). The song went to number one on both the Flanders and Wallonia Ultratop charts. Performing in the first semi final of the competition, Nottet was successful in progressing to the final, coming second in his semi final with 149 points. During the Jury Final (following Australia), he could be barely seen on stage due to heavy use of smoke machines and pyrotechnics from the Australian Act. His delegation was rumoured to have lodged a complaint about this, saying that it would affect part of their final score. While they requested to perform again, this was apparently denied, instead telling juries to disregard the smoke. In the Grand Final, the Belgian entry scored a total of 217 points leaving “Rhythm Inside” in fourth position overall, giving Belgium its first top five placement since 2003. It received the maximum 12 points from three countries; Netherlands, France and Hungary. The song was certified Platinum for selling 30,000 copies in Belgium. Nottet has released three different music videos for Rhythm Inside (including one called the “Alice in Wonderland” version). After the contest, “Rhythm Inside” reached the top ten in the Austrian, Lithuanian and Russian Music Charts, achieving top 20 in Finland, Iceland and Sweden and also charting in Australia, UK, France, Switzerland and many more European countries.