It’s around about this time of year that we usually hear which act Belgium has selected for Eurovision. While that announcement hasn’t happened yet, a rumour is starting to develop, suggesting that Belgium will select The Voice Belgique winner Valentine Brognion.
For Eurovision 2019, the Belgian entry will be organised by Walloon broadcaster RTBF. Since 2013, each time they have internally selected a former contestant from The Voice Belgique, always delivering an impressive performance with good results. Why mess with that formula?
Like Roberto Bellarosa, Loïc Nottet and Blanche, Valentine is an alum of The Voice Belgique. She won the seventh series of the talent show earlier this year. But it wasn’t her first appearance on The Voice.
She originally auditioned for the show in 2015, at the age of 17. Valentine sang Iron & Wine’s romantic song “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”, best known as the prom theme from the first Twilight film.
But the judges weren’t feeling it. None of them turned, meaning Valentine’s Voice journey ended. There was outcry from some viewers who felt the young singer should have been given a chance. But it turned out she was given that chance when she auditioned again three years later.
In her 2018 audition, Valentine presented a stripped-down version of The Police’s “Roxanne”. It prompted all four judges to turn around. Valentine selected indie rock singer Matthew Irons to be her coach.
She sailed through the elimination shows, and finally reprised “Roxanne” at the grand final. It was enough to ensure she’d follow Roberto Bellarosa in winning The Voice Belgique.
On ne se lasse pas de ce moment suspendu !Valentine Brognion a bouclé la boucle en chantant le titre de son Blind en finale. ???
Posted by The Voice Belgique – RTBF on Friday, May 11, 2018
Season seven of The Voice Belgique ended in April, and while a recording package was part of Valentine’s prize, she hasn’t released any new recordings yet. However, both Loïc and Blanche used their Eurovision appearance to launch their careers as recording artists, which could be the path that Valentine will also take.
As always, broadcaster RTBF has not said anything about their artist for Eurovision 2019. They haven’t even confirmed if they’ll internally select the act again — though it seems likely.
So far no broadcasters have revealed their artist for Eurovision, make this the quietest November in a while.
What do you think? Should Belgium send Valentine Brognion to Tel Aviv? What sort of song should she sing? Tell us what you think below!