Christer Bjorkman Hadise Belgium Eurosong 2016

Following Loïc Nottet’s success in Vienna last May, the pressure is on for Belgium to deliver once again. Flemish broadcaster VRT has already revealed details of a scaled back Eurosong five acts for 2016 compared to 16 in 2014. Despite the changes, the expert panel element will remain intact. And according to Songfestival.be, Christer Björkman and Hadise will sit on it.

Eurosong 2016 host Peter van de Veire broke the news in an interview with the site. Unlike before, the experts will not act as jurors. They will offer tips to the competitors and guide viewers at home. A number of different musical professionals will critique the acts, with the Turkey Eurovision 2009 singer and Melodifestivalen impresario joining the panel on 17 January, the night of the final. The names of the other judges are yet to be announced.

Hadise is perhaps the most famous Belgian of Turkish descent. Since singing “Düm Tek Tek” at Eurovision 2009, she has gone on to become a superstar in Turkey. She’s released a slew of hit singles and is a coach on the country’s version of The Voice. In November, she became only the second Eurovision singer ever to reach 100 million views on a single YouTube video.

Meanwhile, Christer Björkman is the mastermind behind Sweden’s hugely successful Melodifestivalen selection for Eurovision. He’s held the role of supervisor since 2002. Before that, he sang for Sweden at Eurovision 1992, where he placed second from bottom. This won’t be his first foray abroad. In 2015, he appeared on Cyprus’ Eurovision Song Project.

Five acts will compete in Belgium’s 2016 selection. They are Laura Tesoro, Amaryllis Uitterlinden, Adil Aarab, Astrid Destuyver and Tom Frantzis. There will be three shows, but no eliminations until the final. On 3 January, the acts will demonstrate their performance ability (presumedly by singing a cover). On 10 January they’ll finally present their song for Eurovision. The 17 January final will see a winner chosen by a Melfest-style international jury and a traditional public vote.

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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Crappy automatic spell-checker, my tablet has. >:-( Obviously that name should read LOIC!

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Ben: I doubt it. Lois set the bar quite high, and I’m almost as suspicious as Azaad is with regard to Bjorkman judging this contest.

Huh
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Racal: Maybe they already have a reservation to the grand final?

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

I get hadise but why bjorkman
he’s not even that great at song selection tbh i mean he was responsible for john karayiannis

fikri
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fikri

unless these two are involved directly with the song-writing and production i’m doubtful that belgium is gonna come up with another loic. he’s one in a million

Danny
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Danny

I really love Hadise, she shows the modern face of Turkey and turkish culture. Would love to see her again in Eurovision:)

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

Will they be able to live up to last year?

Maxim
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Maxim

First reaction: “WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!”
Second reaction: I don’t think Bjorkman could really help us, maybe Hadise could, but yeah we will see

Racal
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Racal

Why in the world are they asking the head of delegation of another country to judge their songs?! Especially someone like Bjorkman, ready to sell his own parents to win ESC?! I’m sure he’ll try to make the weakest entry win.

Azaad
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Azaad

Great idea to get the mastermind behind Sweden’s Eurovision success to “help” Belgium, he might sabotage it…

François
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François

Christer did a awful job for Cyprus in ESC 2015…

DenizNL
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DenizNL

Looking forward to hear Hadise talking Dutch (Flemish), she is a big star in Turkey and hearing her talk Dutch is just awesome.