BELGIUM – According to exclusive information, it seems that RTBF is the first country this year to announce a 2019 Eurovision participant. According to the information the Walloon broadcaster will announce Valentine Brognon as the Belgian entrant for Tel Aviv.
Valentine wo the 2018 Voice of Belgium. She has been quiet after her victory last april but worked on material. A first singel will be released in March 2019, something that was confirmed by the 2014 Belgian entry Axel Hirsoux.
More information / confirmation … soon!
BELGIUM – On 22 November 2016, broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) announced that they had internally selected Blanche to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Her song, “City Lights”, was supposed to have been released on 8 March 2017, but it was instead leaked the day before. When her song was announced she jumped to the second place in the betting odds but has later been lowered.
It may be that the song “City Lights” is a plagiarism of another song “Eclats” from a Canadian singer Alexe Gaudreault, while Pierre Dumoulin, the author of the song, denies these claims, saying that “It is obvious that there are similarities in the melody as can be found in a hundred or even a thousand current melodies”.
Since Eurovision, Blanche has won a 2018 European Border Breakers Award, which recognizes emerging artists that have achieved success outside their home country.
In Belgium, Blanche won Pop Artist of the Year and Revelation of the Year at French-Belgian broadcaster RTBF’s 2018 D6bels Music Awards and Hit of the Year (for “City Lights”) and Breakthrough Artist at the Flemish 2018 Music Industry Awards (MIA).
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.