After Loïc Nottet’s impressive fourth place finish in Vienna, the pressure is on for Flemish broadcaster VRT to send a worthy successor to Stockholm. As in 2014, they will use the Eurosong show to select the Belgian representative for Eurovision 2016. And it was announced on radio today that the five hopefuls will be revealed on Monday. Peter van de Veire, who co-hosted Eurosong 2014, will have the honours.
The unveiling will take place on the Grote Peter van de Veire show between 6.00 and 9.00 CET. Interestingly, VRT have opted for a scaled down Eurosong this year compared to the mammoth selection which we saw in 2014. You might remember that it was won by Axel Hirsoux, who failed to qualify in Copenhagen. Have they decided to go for quality over quantity?
Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest
Belgium has always let the Flemish and Walloon broadcaster choose a representive every second year. Since the semi-finals began, Flemish broadcaster VRT has had a hard time qualifying for the grand final, only doing so once with Tom Dice in 2010. The Walloon RTBF has done slightly better, finishing fourth with Loïc Nottet this year and qualifying with Roberto Bellarosa two years ago.