Belgium has built a solid reputation for itself at Eurovision. In recent years Belgium has becoming known for dark melancholic pop — with Blanche and Loic Nottet notably notching fourth-place finishes. But Belgium is currently in the danger zone. For two consecutive years the country has failed to qualify. It was especially surprising to see the French-speaking broadcaster RTBF fail with Eliot, as it’s more successful than its Flemish sister VRT.

But hope seems to be on the horizon. Belgian Eurovision website songfestival.be has released some information about an interview it will release on Friday. Apparently VRT is talking to “the number one [artist] on our wishlist”. That’s according to the head of VRT’s selection committee and VRT music coordinator, Mr Gerrit Kerremans.

In the interview he states:

“Talks with artists are ongoing. It is true that we currently have a preferred candidate, the number one on our wishlist. He is currently considering possible participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands. The artist in question only wants to participate with a really strong song. As for the rest, I cannot and will not say much about 2020”.

The artist has been given some time to think about it, but will need to decide soon.

“Yes, there are deadlines set. Because if this artist doesn’t agree, then we have to choose one of our other routes. Fortunately we still have conversations ongoing with a number of people”. 

Mister Kerremans adds that the wish is for an experienced artist.

“Our artist can not fail in any way. I have the feeling that the artist who is now considering it, can score on all levels. Absolutely. Then it is up to us to surround that candidate in the best possible, professional way. I prefer to send someone who is popular at the moment and who already has some miles on the clock. I am pleased to give a new talent a boost, but it is certainly not a requirement”.

Now, we don’t know who is on the VRT wishlist. But we do have a clue about who is on the wishlist of Belgian Eurovision fans.

1. Oscar and the Wolf

One very big name that has been circulating around the Belgian fan scene is Oscar and The Wolf. This is a project of singer-songwriter Max Colombie. Does that name ring a bell? Max participated in Belgium Junior Eurosong in 2005. 

Oscar and The Wolf has had various hits in Belgium and the Netherlands and played several of the bigger festivals, including Rock Werchter — once of Belgium’s biggest festivals. We’re not sure if we are stretching things a bit far, but songfestival.be released a telling snippet of the interview, with a quote from Mister Kerremans:

“Playing Rock Werchter is much easier than singing at the Eurovision Song Contest. Because you have to open up for 200 million viewers”.

2. Hooverphonic

This band hails from the Flemish city of Sint-Niklaas and is an established name on the Belgian music scene. The singer who Hooverphonic made their name with — Geike Arnaert — is no longer with the band. But new singer and Voice Belgium 2018 winner Luca Cruysberghs makes an excellent successor. Hooverphonic has been on the wishlist of Belgian ESC fans for a long time now. You may know their 2015 hit “Badaboum”.

3. Stromae

Stromae doesn’t need much of an introduction. With worldwide hits like ”Alors On Dance” and “Papaoutai“, Stromae would be on a whole other level for Eurovision. But here’s the catch: Stromae has put his music career on hiatus. He is now focusing on fashion and it’s not clear if he will return to the music industry, let alone go to Eurovision.

4. Loic Nottet

Loic Nottet made us all rap-pa-pap in Vienna. Belgian fans would like him back in Eurovision and fair enough — artistically and musically, Loic would be a safe bet. Back in 2018 he was asked if he would ever consider a return to Eurovision and he responded: “Yeah, in a few years. Why not?” Could it be that Loic will make us dance once more?

Who do you think VRT is talking to? Do you think it could be one of the acts above? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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Saney
Saney
1 year ago

Loic Nottet is not an option, since it’s VRT turn this year and he is from the Walloon part, same with Stromae…. I’m afraid Oscar and the Wolf will not do Eurovision either, since I don’t see them doing it, but I could say the same about Fabrizio&Ermal so yeah. Hooverphonic would not be the right choice I think since their singer is a bit weak and they were much better before, although some may have other opinions. I think Natalia may be it, and she is great! We will see

Micha
Micha
1 year ago

I wish Belgium win next year!!! VRT bring the trophy and make Antwerp 2021 dream true! This is only 100km from Rotterdam 🙂 🙂

Saney
Saney
1 year ago
Reply to  Micha

If Belgium wins, it will be Brussels….

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Saney

I think the contest can still be held in the Flemish region and RTBF coud select the act, in case VRT wins.

Stella
Stella
1 year ago

I think bringing back Loic would be lazy tbh

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

It won’t be any artists above, i think you guys are reaching. Stromae is Wallonian and would never do ESC. Loic is highly successful in belgium and france and wouldn’t return, plus he’s Wallonian. Besides, number one on ‘their’ wishlist does not mean number one on OUR wishlist. As long as the song is excellent and the artist can perform and has stage charisma (cough Sennek cough) nothing else matters! Belgium wants to do good next year bc the show will be hosted in the Netherlands and there will be big support in the arena. Can’t they ask the writer… Read more »

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

“Wallonian” is not a word, it’s Walloon. The region is Wallonia, the demonym is Walloon, same for the adjective.

Yeah
Yeah
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

The writer of city lights is also the writer of wake up. We know how that ended…

dygh
dygh
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Stromae is from Brussels and has a flemish mother.

TD303
TD303
1 year ago

Something tells me they’re talking to Ibe Wuyts, this year’s winner of The Voice van Vlaanderen. He was mentioned in an interview on Songfestival.be by Peter van de Veire who is part of the selection committee ( https://youtu.be/rYzMI-0lMsA , 11:00) saying “If Ibe wins The Voice, we definitely are taking him as an option”. He scored a pretty big hit with his debut single “Table of Fools” ( https://youtu.be/TAYlxC–1PY ) and over this summer, they’ve played it a lot on MNM, VRTs public radio station, often an indication because MNM plays more Eurovision-related songs. It seems exactly like the artist… Read more »

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

It will be someone known only in his/her house, just wait and see it. Which is not a bad thing, Duncan also was pretty unknown.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago

watch it end up being someone we’ve never heard of anyway

Pineaple
Pineaple
1 year ago

Am I the only one who thinks it could be Tom Frantzis who was in Belgium’s national final a few years ago? He was very popular with fans and was a good live performer. I think if he was paired with the right song he could do really well!

Nicola
Nicola
1 year ago

Agreed. Loved the studio versions of both ‘A matter of time’ and ‘Wake up’. However especially in regard to ‘AMOT’, the staging didn’t come across well on live TV. With Eliot, it was mainly the his style and the staging that didn’t work. The staging should have been more dark, as well as fit in with the mood of the song. Also, Eliot should have worn something that fit in with the mood of his song.

dygh
dygh
1 year ago

I think it might be Natalia. A few years ago she said she only wants to go if she has a good song. Now they say the mystery artist only wants to go if that person/groupe has a good song. I mean… It might be far-fetched but she is also very experienced. Plus, she is a fun person so the fans will really like her 🙂

Pineaple
Pineaple
1 year ago
Reply to  dygh

Did you not read the “he” in the statement given? Haha. They seem to be speaking to a male act.

dygh
dygh
1 year ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Fair point, could be a generalization, though. But considering this I would say maybe Milow or, as stated in the article, Oscar and the Wolf. Can’t wait!

Katrien
Katrien
1 year ago

I’m hoping for Loïc Nottet. 🙂

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
1 year ago

Stromae and Loic aren’t Flemish acts so they can’t be the Belgian representative for 2020.

marit
marit
1 year ago
Reply to  Gorilla716

I think they can actually. The flemish part chooses, but the artist doesn’t have to be flemish. It was an exception but an example is Axel Hirsoux

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago
Reply to  marit

Maybe if VRT was holding a national final and the winner of that was a Walloon then yes. But I don’t think they’d internally select a Walloon over a Flemish act.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago

They’re talking to the #1 artist on their wishlist, but the VRT’s wishlist is not worth a dime… They’re historically the worst performing broadcaster in the ESC, my expectations are very low.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest#Disparity_between_Flemish_and_French-speaking_broadcasters

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

And also the broadcaster that opened up Belgium’s opportunity of winning since the introduction of semi-finals.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I must have missed that, in what year was that? I’m also not sure what “opening up an opportunity of winning” means (and English is my native language). Either you win or you don’t, and VRT never came even close. We’re talking about the people who thought it was appropriate to send Iris or Axel Hirsoux. Unless they changed the team or the HOD (which I don’t think they did, correct me if I’m wrong), I see no reason to get excited.

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

… did you forget how they went top 6 by sending Tom Dice? 🙂

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Oh, so placing 6th (and 14th in the televote) is “opening up an opportunity for winning”? I guess we have different definitions of “win”, lol. I also have no idea of where you’re going with this: VRT is the worst performing broadcaster in the history of Eurovision, that’s a fact (participating since 1957 and not one single top 5 – even Finland and Portugal did better than that). How exactly does placing 6th 10 years ago change anything? RTBF has scored three qualifications and two top 5 since then. It’s like saying: – “Finland has failed to qualify 6 times… Read more »

dutchie
dutchie
1 year ago

If the VRT could get Stromae, they would certainly send him! Comparing him to Axel Hirsoux is like comparing Eden Hazard to some random footballer off the street. Stromae is definitely Walloon though, despite his Flemish mother.

MyEuroVision
MyEuroVision
1 year ago

I really want Angèle to represent Belgium!! Her songs are catchy, contemporary and have good lyrics.
But as long as its a great song and the artist is confident on stage I’m okay with what they will send.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  MyEuroVision

Yeah but live, she sounds awful… Pure tradition of all these French singers that have no voice, can’t hold a single note and are mostly humming (Alize, Benabar, Zazie, Mylene Farmer, Jain, Vianney). I know she’s Belgian but she’s very successful in France.

Joko97
Joko97
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

Uhm bad live? just search Ta Reine at A Colors Show, she is amazing live and has amazing stage presence.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Joko97

I just watched (and I had seen her Tout Oublier live performance at Victoires de la Musique, which was painful to hear). First of all, this is not live singing, it’s clearly a recorded session. Second, she’s not singing, she’s half talking half humming. She has a pretty voice and she’s cute, but she doesn’t have the pipes to take on Eurovision.

France loves that kind of artists who have absolutely no strength in their voice and sing off key all the time, but have some quirky quality. In any other market, she would never be successful.

Joko97
Joko97
1 year ago
Reply to  MyEuroVision

yeah they talked about a Belgian artist that has immense success recently and i could only think of Angèle to be honest.

kim
kim
1 year ago

oh please let it be true!! I’m hoping for Hooverphonic. Fingers crossed!

Ye1h
Ye1h
1 year ago
Reply to  kim

Check their latest instagram post!

Lola
Lola
1 year ago

Please not Hooverphonic, I can’t stand Alex Callier (he is not the most likeable person, definitly not ESC material, believe me).
Would love to see Billie or Bazart, maybe even Milow! Or Laura Tesoro again with a slightly better song (like her own music).

Jowst Nej
Jowst Nej
1 year ago

Remember, as it’s the Flemish broadcaster, it’s very unlikely to be Loïc or Stromae!

Just send Kate Ryan to get her revenge!

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago

Loïc would be great again

pepe
pepe
1 year ago

His real name is Paul van Haver. He was born in Etterbeek. His father is from Rwanda. His mother from Dendermonde (Flanders.).

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

So? He’s still 100% French-speaking and sings only in French. And in any case, he hasn’t made music in years and is too successful for Eurovision.

pepe
pepe
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

So the definition of a Walloon is the language he sings in.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

Oh, so your comment was the definition of a Flemish, lol? 😀 (Also yes, his mother tongue is French but that was only one of the points I mentioned – Great job at selective reading). … Dude, what are you even trying to say? Your comment doesn’t make any sense. His mom may have been born in Flanders, maybe his dog eats waterzooi and the 3rd cousin of his uncle’s neighbor loves going to Bruges, Stromae is still not Flemish and you know it. Full stop. Now that doesn’t mean that the VRT can’t send him (but they won’t, cause… Read more »

dv97
dv97
1 year ago

Send Tsar B or Selah Sue please

joko
joko
1 year ago

Angel? van Laeken? Would be really nice!

Robbert
Robbert
1 year ago

I hope for Milow! He will be different

FYROM
FYROM
1 year ago

roses are red
violets are grey
william is gay
i had something to say

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  FYROM

Roses are red
No one is laughing
When you don’t have anything to say
You better say nothing.

Trash KAN
Trash KAN
1 year ago
Reply to  FYROM

Ok tell it to your dentist

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Stromae will never be in Eurovision – keep it real

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Yeah,thats true – if he will be in the contest…he will be Kate Ryan 2.0

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Stromae will never be in Eurovision – keep it real

Laburnum
Laburnum
1 year ago

Selah Sue would be a great choice 🙂

Loin dici
1 year ago

I’m not surprised if the artist will have been announced as soon as September. Not sure whether it’s a right choice, but VRT seems really confident with their choices.

Quu
Quu
1 year ago

Loic is the artist i’m most wanting to return. He is such a talented artist.

FanESC
FanESC
1 year ago

“Our artist can not fail in any way. I have the feeling that the artist who is now considering it, can score on all levels. Absolutely.”

I absolutely don’t understand how they can say that when they first aim at the artist rather than the song.

khan
khan
1 year ago

Billie would be great.

James
James
1 year ago

Would it be possible for the Flemish broadcaster to consider artists from Wallonia?

Daphne Dee
Daphne Dee
1 year ago
Reply to  James

Yes, it’s perfectly possibly. And has also happened, Axel Hirsoux is Wallonian, and was send by the Flemish VRT. 🙂

pepe
pepe
1 year ago
Reply to  Daphne Dee

But it was also a statement by VRT to choose a Walloon artist. Plus there was Ruslana who made the public believe that “Mother” was winning material.

Henrikh Mugosa
Henrikh Mugosa
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

Why did someone downvote this comment? It’s the truth. They still elect Miss Belgium together, but that’s pretty much all the “unity” they can master. Every time it’s election time one side votes ‘right’ the other votes ‘left’ and then it takes them a gazillion years to even form a government.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Henrikh Mugosa

Just like there’s no unity in Italy between north and south, in Spain between Catalunia and the rest, in the UK between England and Scotland, in Germany between west and east, in Switzerland between the French/Italian sides and the German (called “bourbines” by the latter, basically “mud people”), in the US among all the ethnic communities, in Canada between Quebec and the rest, etc., etc., etc. This is not a Belgian thing: everywhere politicians play the “It’s not your fault, it’s their fault” card and it works.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  Daphne Dee

“Wallonian” is not a word. It’s Walloon. “Walloons live in Wallonia and eat Walloon food”. Btw, I’m from the US, but glad to teach you a thing or two about your own country. 😀 (I’m kidding, I’ll assume it’s an English language deficiency).

Nicky91
Nicky91
1 year ago

all those big names, and probably going for some dull, unknown

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicky91

Loic wasn’t exactly a big name when he was selected, was he?

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
1 year ago

I hope they’ll choose Bazart, their songs are really good and they usually sing in Dutch. The lead singer also took part in JESC which is a huge plus <3

EscVegi
EscVegi
1 year ago

Loic would win in Rotterdam

Micha
Micha
1 year ago
Reply to  EscVegi

and bring trophy to Antwerp! ANTWERP 2021 🙂

Tijs
Tijs
1 year ago

It says Sennek was RTBF, but Sennek was from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, hence VRT

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tijs

Thanks for pointing this out! It was a reference to RTBF not qualifying, so it’s now been corrected to say Eliot, not Sennek. 🙂

Daphne Dee
Daphne Dee
1 year ago

Thanks for the edit Robyn! Thanks for pointing it out Tijs. Is gewaardeerd 😉 Groetjes!

Tijs
Tijs
1 year ago
Reply to  Daphne Dee

No problem?

Tijs
Tijs
1 year ago
Reply to  Tijs

Sorry, that question mark was supposed to be a smiley, it’s really no problem

Daphne Dee
Daphne Dee
1 year ago
Reply to  Tijs

Got it 😉 Thanks again! 😉

Candy
Candy
1 year ago

I have a feeling it’s Milow. He’s quite well-known and he’s obviously looking for ways to push his career. Only months ago he participated in the German TV show “Sing meinen Song” (= sing my song).

Robbert
Robbert
1 year ago
Reply to  Candy

I hope so. Greetings from the Netherlands

dutchie
dutchie
1 year ago
Reply to  Candy

He was also on the Flemish version of that show, where he met a certain Ilse DeLange.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

Oscar and the Wolf would be spectacular.

Senne Mommens
Senne Mommens
1 year ago

It will be the flemish girl Billie.

khan
khan
1 year ago
Reply to  Senne Mommens

I’d love that. If she delivers a song like Love Kills Slowly then Belgium will definitely be back.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

“A Matter Of Time” was a strong dark song in the music video, but who decided that Sennek should perform in that dress and especially on the catwalk in between cheering fans with flags?!?! Nothing against our fandom, but this song should’ve been staged on main stage with dark and powerful staging….

ADd
ADd
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

The actual stage sucked, and its suckagge messed a lot of acts.

pepe
pepe
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

She choose that dress herself and it was the only dress she took with her to Lisbon. And it was also her own decision to perform on the catwalk. So that was the material Hans Pannecoucke had to work with.

dygh
dygh
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

And add the semi of death in the mix. It was written in the stars that she wouldn’t qualify.

Leo
Leo
1 year ago

Emma Bale, Milow or Oscar and the wolf would all be great choices

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Hooverphonic all day long. <3

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

If Belgium sends Selah Sue then they have my vote.

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 year ago

Stromae would be amazing!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

Yeah, both their live shows were pretty bad. Granted I thought a matter of time was a stronger song than wake up (which I had doubts of it qualifying long before the live show). I hope Belgium can pick itself back on its feet next year.