In one month we’ll know who will represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. And today we know the full list of experts who will help Belgium choose its winner through Eurosong, Belgium’s national selection for Stockholm.  

Earlier this week we told you that our favourite bellydancing singer Hadise and Swedish Eurovision guru Christer Björkman will serve as experts during the final, offering comments to guide the contestants and, to some extent, the public.

Now even more A-listers are joining the mix. During the first show on January 3 the experts will be Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak and choir leader Stijn Kolacny. One week later Beverly Jo Scott (Loïc’s mentor during The Voice and the co-writer of his tune “Rhythm Inside”) and singer Tom Helsen will fill the chairs.

VRT’s turn to select Belgium’s singer

French-language broadcaster RTBF organized the country’s participant last year — and they did an amazing job. VRT, who takes the reigns this year, have a huge task on their hands to match — or even come close — to Loïc’s fourth-place finish from Vienna.

They started by  announcing that Eurosong would return as the selection method, but this time with five internally chosen finalists.

The winner will be selected on Sunday, 17 January during the final of Eurosong 2016. The Belgian public will determine the winner, but the experts will advise the finalists throughout.

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@Akis: Alex Rybak the most famous? I would think the Norwegians still revere Bobbysocks (their first champs) and maybe Secret Garden; and Alex is from Belarus.

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

@Klaasje: Fanfavs who crashed in the ESC as well…
@Robyn: Tom Dice was chosen internally, not by a public vote.

Anyway, that was just a random thought. I have no answer to my own questions. 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

VRT might have given us Axel Hirsoux, but it also gave us Tom Dice – so they’re not totally doomed. 🙂

The format of this year’s show seems good. All the candidates are decent, rather than the mixed bag a larger national final would offer. So what it all comes down to is the song…

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
4 years ago

lol Hadise aint an expert, her eurovision performance was disaster she ruined a very nic euptempo song with her disaster show, is she gonna use her physic sex symbol to help Belgium pick its winner, lol. Hadise weakest link

Klaasje
Klaasje
4 years ago

@Racal, it’s usually the Flemish people who just vote whatever the jury paises. Axel Hirsoux and Ishtar were both praised by the panel and that is why they won. It’s the same audience though who chose fanfaves Kate Ryan and Xandee to represent them.

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

Would be better to choose Hadise when Turkey is in, to get their 12 points. 😀

Max
Max
4 years ago

Hadise could be a good choice for Belgium and her famous in Europe helps them to be in top 5. Belgium doesnt need any selection just choose Hadise 🙂

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

I’m just wondering something. They will ask the Flemish people to vote for the 2016 representative. The same people who voted for Axel Hirsoux, Ishtar, or other acts that failed miserably on the ESC stage. Did it ever occurred to them that maybe, just maybe, their audience just has a crappy musical taste and will vote for a very bad entry? Is it really a good thing to go for a national final with people voting?

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

Lol, their Wallonian colleagues did very well by internally selecting a candidate and song, so what do the VRT wisely decide to do? Naturally, the complete opposite.

I’d say, why not pair an up and comer like Emma Bale with a good songwriter like Novastar and see what they come up with.

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

why can’t they just hire hadise to represent them? D;