Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest: Wikis

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Belgium
Belgium
Member station VRT, RTBF
National selection events Eurosong (VRT)
none (RTBF)
Appearances
Appearances 51
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1986
Worst result Last: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1973, 1979, 1985, 1993, 2000
External links
Belgium's page at Eurovision.tv
Xandee in Istanbul (2004)
Nuno Resende at Kiev (2005)
The KMG's at Helsinki (2007)
Ishtar at Belgrade (2008)

Belgium is a founding member of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, the country has participated 50 times, only being absent three times in total: in 1994, 1997 and 2001, due to low scores in the previous contests that relegated Belgium from the contest.

Belgium has won the contest once, in 1986 when Sandra Kim won with her song "J'aime la vie" in Bergen, Norway. Although she claimed she was 15 years old, she was actually only 13 and too young, but was allowed to keep her victory. Currently the minimum age for participation is 16 and thus Sandra Kim will remain the youngest winner unless the age limit is lowered. Belgium achieved second place in 1978 and 2003 and was last eight times.

In 2003, Urban Trad sang in an invented language earning second place with 165 points, 2 points fewer than Turkey, who won. Ishtar did the same in 2008, but came 17th in the first semi-final and thus did not qualify for the final.

Belgium has two national broadcasters of the contest, Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Walloon broadcaster Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF). The two broadcasters rotate selection for the Eurovision Song Contest each year.

While VRT normally hosts a national final, Eurosong, when selecting their entries for Eurovision, it has been normal for RTBF to hold an internal selection process. However it has been known for RTBF to hold a national final at times, for example in 1998 and 2005.[1][2]

The 2010 entry for Belgium will be Tom Dice, runner-up of the Belgian version of The X Factor in 2008. Dice was internally selected by VRT for the contest, and was announced by VRT on 25 November 2009.[3][4]

Contents

Contestants

Year Artist Song Final Points Semi Points
1956 Fud Leclerc "Messieurs les noyés de la Seine" NA NA
1956 Mony Marc "Le plus beau jour de ma vie" NA NA
1957 Bobbejaan Schoepen "Straatdeuntje" 8 5
1958 Fud Leclerc "Ma petite chatte" 5 8
1959 Bob Benny "Hou toch van mij" 6 9
1960 Fud Leclerc "Mon amour pour toi" 6 9
1961 Bob Benny "September, gouden roos" 15 1
1962 Fud Leclerc "Ton nom" 13 0
1963 Jacques Raymond "Waarom?" 10 4
1964 Robert Cogoi "Près de ma rivière" 10 2
1965 Lize Marke "Als het weer lente is" 15 0
1966 Tonia "Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel" 4 14
1967 Louis Neefs "Ik heb zorgen" 7 8
1968 Claude Lombard "Quand tu reviendras" 7 8
1969 Louis Neefs "Jennifer Jennings" 7 10
1970 Jean Vallée "Viens l'oublier" 8 5
1971 Lily Castel & Jacques Raymond "Goeiemorgen, morgen" 14 68
1972 Serge & Christine Ghisoland "À la folie ou pas du tout" 17 55
1973 Nicole & Hugo "Baby, Baby" 17 58
1974 Jacques Hustin "Fleur de liberté" 9 10
1975 Ann Christy "Gelukkig zijn" 15 17
1976 Pierre Rapsat "Judy et Cie" 8 68
1977 Dream Express "A Million in One, Two, Three" 7 69
1978 Jean Vallée "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie" 2 125
1979 Micha Marah "Hey Nana" 18 5
1980 Telex "Euro-Vision" 17 14
1981 Emly Starr "Samson" 13 40
1982 Stella "Si tu aimes ma musique" 4 96
1983 Pas de Deux "Rendez-vous" 18 13
1984 Jacques Zegers "Avanti la vie" 5 70
1985 Linda Lepomme "Laat me nu gaan" 19 7
1986 Sandra Kim "J'aime la vie" 1 176
1987 Liliane Saint-Pierre "Soldiers of Love" 11 56
1988 Reynaert "Laissez briller le soleil" 18 5
1989 Ingeborg "Door de wind" 19 13
1990 Philippe Lafontaine "Macédomienne" 12 46
1991 Clouseau "Geef het op" 16 23
1992 Morgane "Nous, on veut des violons" 20 11
1993 Barbara Dex "Iemand als jij" 25 3
1995 Frédéric Etherlinck "La voix est libre" 20 8
1996 Lisa Del Bo "Liefde is een kaartspel" 16 22
1998 Melanie Cohl "Dis oui" 6 122
1999 Vanessa Chinitor "Like The Wind" 12 38
2000 Nathalie Sorce "Envie de vivre" 24 2
2002 Sergio & The Ladies "Sister" 13 33
2003 Urban Trad "Sanomi" 2 165
2004 Xandee "1 Life" 22 7 X X
2005 Nuno Resende "Le grand soir" X X 22 29
2006 Kate Ryan "Je t'adore" X X 12 69
2007 The KMG's "Love Power" X X 26 14
2008 Ishtar "O Julissi" X X 17 16
2009 Patrick Ouchène "Copycat" X X 17 1
2010 Tom Dice[5][6]

Voting history (1975-2009)

Belgium has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  United Kingdom 145
2  Ireland 119
3  Germany 117
4  Spain 112
5  Norway 105

Belgium has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Netherlands 96
2  France 85
3  Spain 84
4  United Kingdom 82
5  Portugal 76

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenter
1987 Belgium Brussels Centenary Palace Viktor Lazlo

References

External links

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