Most Eurovision fans agree that Belgium did rather well at the most recent edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. But now that the two weeks of fun have passed, Belgium is already looking forward. VRT have already confirmed participation for Eurovision 2016. But have they perhaps done so a bit too soon? Belgian fans and policitians are now rooting for VRT (the country’s Dutch-language broadcaster) and RTBF (the country’s French-language broadcaster) to join forces for Eurovision 2016 rather than alternating year-by-year as they currently do. And they are rooting loud!
Loic Nottet managed to place second his semi final and fourth in the grand final, giving his countrymen a major boost of national pride. In fact, he came close enough to raise the question that no-one in Belgium has yet to answer: What if RTBF or VRT wins? Who of the two should organise the competition the following year? The winning broadcaster or the broadcaster who’s turn it is next ? (For those not so familair with the Belgian system: RTBF organises in odd years and the VRT in even years). This question was also raised by Flemish politician and Member of Parliament Joris Poschet last week in Flemish newspaper ‘Het Nieuwsblad‘. It’s even possible he will raise the question in the commission of Culture and Media (scheduled for tomorrow 27 May).
— Joris Poschet (@JorisPoschet) May 23, 2015
The main reason he has brought forward this idea is to save money. But we suspect there are other reasons. One of them is having a bigger budget for Eurovision participation, but also the fact that RTBF is known to send better songs, while VRT has the most experience in organising a national selection (Eurosong). The candidates and songs of RTBF, with the Eurosong format of VRT, could lead to even greater success.
One Eurovision Belgium
Apparently some Belgian Eurovision fans fancy the idea as well. Not long after Poschet’s statement, some Belgian fans launched a Facebook group called ‘One Eurovision Belgium‘. The enthusiasts in this group are rooting for unity among the fans and calling on the two broadcasters to join forces. The graphics, posts and comments in this group leave no doubt: They are serious!
It’s not likely that in the near future Belgium’s two broadcasters will work together to send one candidate. But there is hope: Poschet has raised the question in Parliament. It is scheduled to be addressed on Thursday (tomorrow) at 10:00. Fingers crossed for Belgium! After all: the theme of this year was #buildingbridges.
Main graphic: One Eurovision Belgium