In just five days time, we will know the first competing act of Eurovision 2022. Belgium broadcaster RTBF has confirmed that they will reveal their internally selected artist on Wednesday 15 September. The act will be introduced on the radio station VivaCité.
The radio station confirmed the reveal date with their lineup of the coming week. On Wednesday 15 September, at around 8.40am on the VivaCité morning show Le 8/9, the radio station will announce the artist who will fly the Belgium flag next year in Italy.
For 2022, Belgium’s Eurovision entry will be managed by the French-speaking broadcaster RTBF. Flemish broadcaster VRT managed the country’s entry in both 2020 and 2021.
RTBF hasn’t given much information about their selection process, but it is known that the broadcaster has again internally selected their act for 2022.
Since 2013, RTBF has always internally selected its acts for Eurovision. In that time, all of the selected singers have previously competed on the French-language The Voice Belgique, which suggests the 2022 act might be another alum of the popular talent show.
Belgium’s act for Eurovision 2022 is on track to be the first artist revealed this season. A mid-September reveal is early for RTBF — in recent years, the act has been revealed no earlier than November.
Belgium at Eurovision
Belgium’s Eurovision participations are managed by the country’s two participating broadcasters — Flemish broadcaster VRT and Walloon broadcaster RTBF. The broadcasters alternate every second year, however VRT managed both the 2020 and 2021 entries after Eurovision 2020 was cancelled.
Belgium has had mixed fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. In 2015, Loïc Nottet placed fourth with “Rhythm Inside”, and Blanche enjoyed the same placing in 2017 with “City Lights”. Laura Tesoro earned a top-ten finish in 2016 with her feel-good anthem “What’s the Pressure”.
Things were less successful in 2018 and 2019. Both Sennek and Eliot didn’t make it into the grand final, finished 12th and 13th in their respective semi-finals.
Most recently the Belgian group Hooverphonic competed in Rotterdam with their moody tune “The Wrong Place”. The group made it to the grand final, where they finished in 19th place. Disappointingly, the otherwise popular group only picked up three points in the grand final televote and had most of their support from the jury vote.
Who do you think will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2022? Should it be another The Voice act? Or should the broadcaster look somewhere else? Sound off in the comments section below!