The days of the European winter are short, dark and gloomy — the perfect weather to spin the rumour mill. In the past few days, speculation has been rife on social media that Loïc Nottet will be writing the track for Belgium’s next Eurovision entrant.
The Eurovision 2015 entrant denied any involvement in the selection process on Twitter this afternoon, articulating the following in French:
“A false rumour is going around about me! For those who asked, it’s not me who will compose and write the song for the Euro this year!”
Une fausse rumeur semble courir à mon sujet ? ! Pour ceux et celles qui se le demandent, ce n’est pas moi qui composerai et écrirai la chanson pour l’Euro cette année ????!
— Loic Nottet (@L0oiic) January 14, 2019
The rumour came about with reports that Loïc’s involvement was announced during yesterday’s broadcast of Ces Annees La. The radio programme airs on VivaCité, a Walloon radio station which is part of RTBF, the broadcaster in charge of the 2019 Belgian entry. However, listening back to yesterday’s broadcast, there is no mention of Loïc Nottet in the entire show, nor did they even play any of his songs.
Belgium at Eurovision 2019
The Walloon broadcaster RTBF has not revealed any details about their selection format for the coming year. However, it is likely that they will opt for another internal selection. Back in November, The Voice Belgique winner Valentine Brognion was named as a potential act. The young star ticks all the boxes of a typical Walloon Eurovision entrant from recent years.
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
Loïc Nottet at Eurovision
Loïc Nottet represented Belgium at Eurovision 2015 with the song “Rhythm Inside“. His contemporary number finished fourth, Belgium’s best result since Urbad Trad finished as runners-up in 2003. Loïc went on to release his first studio album Selfocracy. Additionally, the song “Mud Blood” from that album won the OGAE Video Contest 2017, cementing his status as a Eurovision fan favourite. Recently, he has released “On Fire“, continuing his musical evolution.
Will Loïc Nottet return to Eurovision himself as a performer? Back in December, during a radio interview with station MNM, Loïc stated that he wasn’t against the idea of competing for Belgium again in the future. “Why not?” he said, adding that any potential return wouldn’t be soon. As such, don’t expect to see Loïc involved in Eurovision 2019 but perhaps a return to the Eurovision stage is on the cards in the future.
Are you disappointed that Loïc Nottet won’t write the Belgian entry for Eurovision 2019? Who do you want to sing for Belgium this year? Let us know in the comments below!