National final season continues, with the first of Belgium‘s three Eurosong shows due to premiere tonight. It will introduce viewers to the five young artists hoping to follow in Loïc Nottet’s shoes. But we won’t hear their national final songs yet – the first episode is just an introduction to the five hopefuls.
The five candidates – Adil Aarab, Astrid Destuyver, Tom Frantzis, Laura Tesoro and Amaryillis Uitterlinden – have already been introduced to the public via online and radio appearances. But tonight they’ll be introduced to television viewers when they each perform a cover of a classic Eurovision song in their own style. The songs will be “Hold Me Now” (Adil), “Euphoria” (Amaryllis), “Düm Tek Tek” (Laura), “Everyway That I Can” (Astrid) and – of course – “Rhythm Inside” (Tom).
There’ll be no eliminations on this show, but the five will get feedback from a panel of experts. The first show features Belgian indie rock choir leader Stijn Kolacny and ESC legend Alexander Rybak, who will impart their expert knowledge.
On the following week’s show, we’ll be introduced to the song each act hopes to take to Stockholm. The five will get advice from more experts, then at the final on 17 January we’ll hear the full versions of their songs, which will be voted on by a public televote and an international jury vote.
Are you looking forward to Eurosong 2016? Can Belgium find another “Rhythm Inside”? Or will the curse of the ghostly “Mother” strike again? Share your thoughts below.