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!

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Bxl<3ESC
Bxl<3ESC
6 days ago

The news is out, Jérémie Makiese will be the next artist for Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022!

Jeff2307
Jeff2307
6 days ago

Ykon ?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
6 days ago

This is most likely just wishful thinking, but I hope Belgium sends Stromae to Eurovision.

Edit: Stromae is from Etterbeek in Brussels. Brussels is partly Walloon and partly Flemish (if I’ve done my research correctly). So there is a chance it could happen. Idk how big the chance is tho.

Last edited 6 days ago by GojoSatoru
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 days ago

One more day until we find out who will represent Belgium for 2022. Five days have never felt so long.

Dimu
Dimu
7 days ago

Maybe Doria( upcoming in Wallonia and Brussels) or Alice Ve ( the voice Belgique)!! jeremie also a good choice

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
8 days ago

tbh i think blanche and loic were very overrated. but at least belgium is trying something to appeal to people so good for them

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
8 days ago

Imagine it’s Hadise 😀

Yudhistira Mahasena
7 days ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Isn’t Hadise Flemish?

Maxim
Maxim
9 days ago

I saw on Jérémie Makiese’s Instagram that he was recording a song with Pierre Dumoulin (who composed Blanche’s and Eliot’s Eurovision entries). Given the fact that Jérémie has said that he wants to go to Eurovision, I think it could be him with a Dumoulin song …

Gorgeous Gordienko
Gorgeous Gordienko
8 days ago
Reply to  Maxim

Jeremie Makiese has just been announced as a player for a football team in the Belgian First Division B. I think he will have to decide whether his priorities are football or music. Most likely it will be someone else.

Alex
Alex
8 days ago
Reply to  Maxim

oops i think that’s a good sign that it will be him actually. Pierre Dumoulin will def be behind the 2022 entry, it seems

Maxim
Maxim
8 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Although I really liked Dumoulin’s Eurovision songs (Blanche’s song is one of my favourite Belgian entries), it would also be nice if they gave another composer a chance … Not because his songs aren’t good, but to see what other people have to offer … I don’t think it’s always very good to repeat the same formula (look at Cyprus) …

Rebeccalibur
Rebeccalibur
6 days ago
Reply to  Maxim

You are correct.

Kim
Kim
9 days ago

My dream would be a Flemish-Walloon duet, like Loïc and Laura. But i’m afraid neither of them are interested in going a second time. I’m guessing Antoine Delie, who partcipated in The Voice Belgique 2 times and made it to the live shows his second try, and made it to the final of The Voice France, La Plus Belle Voix, last year.

Davo
Davo
9 days ago

2 Unlimited!!

Sot
Sot
9 days ago

Ah, Belgium, my fav country of the 10’s… Tom, Witloof Bay, Roberto, Loïc, Laura, Blanche, Sennek, Hooverphonic, everyone with their glam and style, keep it going!

Alex
Alex
9 days ago

Any rumours??

Tamino would be my ultimate choice for Belgium. He’s a unique artist with great music and voice that stands out (much like Loic but different style).

The artist has to be talented and charismatic on stage (remember 2018 and 2019 failures)

dygh
dygh
10 days ago

The radio station has said it will be a “personality” hinting at a solo artist

pammy
pammy
10 days ago

Jérémie Makiese 

ga89
ga89
10 days ago

Would love to see Tamino. But I don’t think he would participate 🙂 Anyway, I am fine if Belgium continues to send dark and moody stuff.

musica
musica
10 days ago

Belgium interchanges between the Flemish and the Walloon broadcaster, and it’s the Walloons’ turn… they’ve had 3 years to prepare by now, my guess is they’ve known the name for a very long time already and just want to get it out there.

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
10 days ago

Let’s hope it’s Luka

Elle
Elle
10 days ago
Reply to  Euroboitoy

Maybe in 2023 because she’s Flemish. RTBF is a french-speaking Belgian broadcaster in Wallonia.

dygh
dygh
10 days ago
Reply to  Euroboitoy

Politics wouldn’t be happy

Gino
Gino
10 days ago

Imagine Claire Laffut with a moody bop like Verite

Nathan
Nathan
10 days ago

I don’t know, this just seems a bit rushed for me. Wouldn’t it be more logical to take some more time to match the right singer to the right song?
Still it’s exciting news though 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

They may already be starting the process to pick a song, but the last few contest Belgium has always been the first to announce their artist.

Nathan
Nathan
10 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

True but that doesn’t automatically make it a good decision…
But whatever, if that’s what they wanna do then good for them, I’m excited to see who it is

Last edited 10 days ago by Nathan
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

Fair enough. You never know who’s Going to have a good or bad song. I remembered Armenia being the first country to announce their singer for the 2019 contest And they were the last to reveal the song. But in the end, Armenia didn’t qualify Because it was performed and staged so poorly.

chanson
chanson
10 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

The Walloon broadcaster’s last turn was in 2019, so they’ve had plenty of time.

Samo
Samo
10 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

More time than…? We don’t know how long have they been preparing this entry, it could have been years 🙂

Azaad
Azaad
10 days ago
Reply to  Nathan

Blanche was announced fairly early for Kyiv and she came fourth.

Una
Una
10 days ago

Here’s a bit of hoping that new songwriter(s) and an established singer/group will have a chance at Eurovision.
The participating broadcaster had the same approach in their last two editions:

  • same songwriter
  • an unknown performer coming from a reality show.

New approach needed!!

Alex
Alex
10 days ago

Imagine the gag and the DRAMA if Luka was selected as the artist

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  Alex

This is the walloon broadcaster’s turn The Belgian your vision act, so I don’t think it’s likely they’ll pick a Flemish singer. At best, she might participate in 2023 If she wants to.

Alvaro
Alvaro
11 days ago

Wow, didn’t expect to know a name this soon! Looking forward to hear it.

Alvaro
Alvaro
11 days ago
Reply to  Alvaro

Also wishing to hear from the host city pretty soon.

AdD
AdD
10 days ago
Reply to  Alvaro

They sure are taking their sweet time, aren’t they? Ukraine had already announced their host city in 2017 by this date, and it felt like it took them forever.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  AdD

I can’t remember how long it took for Israel to choose Tel Aviv as their host city, so I took a look at the wiki page of 2019 contest and it turned out they had announced Tel Aviv as a host country on September 13, 2018. So it looks like Italy might be on track for a late announcement. I don’t know what’s taking so long to choose a host country. I hope there aren’t any problems.

Last edited 10 days ago by BadWoolfGirl
AdD
AdD
10 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Italy actually suffers from a good problem, for a change. They actually have multiple locations that are more than suitable to host. I have the feeling that they either already have made choice and haven’t announced it, or they’re going to come out of nowhere with a wildcard, like that they’re going to host in Rome, or just throw a complete curveball. Rai also has to deal with how to handle the whole COVID situation when selecting a hosting location, to add to the whole mess,

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  AdD

Yeah, we’re not out of the woods yet with Covid. Let’s hope Italy can develop just a robust system for testing and detecting Covid has the Netherlands did. I don’t think it’s going to be Rome as the host city, because that’s been eliminated for not having suitable facilities.

James
James
10 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

They’ve probably already chose a city but opts to announce it video-style rather than a mere press release l.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 days ago
Reply to  James

And there’s probably the logo and slogan in mind to create in addition to the host city announcement. That takes a lot of work to do, and it’s probably better to announce with the full package not just the host city.

Alvaro
Alvaro
10 days ago
Reply to  AdD

Definitely it seems, although they have 3 strong options, it seems a tough choice

Azaad
Azaad
9 days ago
Reply to  AdD

Wasn’t Ukraine a whole mess in terms of postponing the city announcement though?

AdD
AdD
9 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

They indeed did delay their announcement several times. I actually think that Rai has selected a hosting location, but will make an announcement when they have a full plan on how many people can attend, COVID testing and everything related to the ongoing situation is taken into account. However, I do believe that a theme and hosts will be announced separately at the end of the year, as is usual.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago

Ooh, Our first artist in only five days! Now the Eurovision 2022 season has really started. I wonder who will they announce. Hopefully it’s somebody that they can get another qualification in a row.

BimBamBoum
BimBamBoum
11 days ago

My biggest wish would be Lous and the Yakuzas with an anticipated and mysterious entry in French language like she does so well, but I’m open to any artist or performer who has his own musical world and believe in it. I expect a surprise in the end.

Ashton
Ashton
11 days ago
Reply to  BimBamBoum

omg the SERVE that would be

DonutLover
DonutLover
11 days ago

I trust Belgium to choose the right artist as well as the song but I just hope they won’t ruin it with the staging…
Wake up was such a good song…

Katrien
Katrien
11 days ago

I’m hoping for Loïc Nottet but I think it will be Charles or Jeremie Makiese

Erasmus
Erasmus
11 days ago
Reply to  Katrien

I’d like Charles! Unlike Jeremie she already has established her self and has a certain artistic direction

Joe
Joe
11 days ago
Reply to  Katrien

We already got Loïc Nottet! I’m sure he’d do great if he had a second chance, but I’m happy just letting Rhythm Inside stand on its own rather than having it be compared to anything

kir
kir
11 days ago

I just hope Waloon broadcaster is not overimpressed by the well-deserved success of madame Pravi so they decide to go with Jacques Brel 2022 edition after Edith Piaf 2021 edition.

Last edited 11 days ago by kir
Nikko
Nikko
11 days ago

Belgium is always early in choosing the artist because they have two years time. This year the French broadcaster had even 3 years time to decide

Nils
Nils
11 days ago

Some people in Albania will be furious now.

trabzan
trabzan
11 days ago
Reply to  Nils

I think the song will be revealed later. So Albanians don’t need to be furious 🙂

Malo
Malo
10 days ago
Reply to  Nils

We’ll be fine. We’ll be furious with our broadcaster’s shenanigans once again.

Last edited 10 days ago by Malo
Thanos
Thanos
11 days ago

The heat is getting higher!! Belgium is always solid at ESC so I trust them to come up with a brilliant act once more!

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
11 days ago

Well, it seems like we will also the have the first artist announcement before the host city announcement

Last edited 11 days ago by esc2021rotterdam
Nikko
Nikko
11 days ago

Kate Ryan please. Thank you

Esther Poly
Esther Poly
11 days ago
Reply to  Nikko

She can’t. She has undergone knee surgery and still has severe pains.

Joe
Joe
11 days ago
Reply to  Nikko

You don’t know how this whole RTBF/VRT thing works do you?

Nikko
Nikko
10 days ago
Reply to  Joe

I just found out Kate Ryan is Flemish. Why the heck I thought she is from the French speaking part? Maybe of her French song titles.

hellohi
hellohi
11 days ago

I’m still trying to recover from Belgium 2018. One of my favourite entries in recent years that wasn’t delivered live on stage. Nervous vocals and messy stage presentation. Should have been a contender

kir
kir
11 days ago
Reply to  hellohi

“A Matter of Time” was promising. Sigh

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
8 days ago
Reply to  hellohi

it was never winner material but couldve been a decent 14th/15th place in the finals if they actually tried with the staging. instead they made her walk around the stage for 3 minutes looking like the ghost from the nun

Erik
Erik
11 days ago

Luka Cruysberghs should represent Belgium

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Erik

She’s flemish though

Erik
Erik
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

So?

Denis
Denis
11 days ago
Reply to  Erik

Because Walloon broadcasters choose Walloon artists?

James
James
11 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Except for Witloof Bay.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago

99% chance it is jeremy makiese. Nice that we’ll get news early on in the season. I wonder if RTBF has already made a choice some time ago since they always have like an extra year to prepare.

Rifki
Rifki
11 days ago

to compensate the 2020 cancellation, the 2023 entry should also be managed by RTBF, before being alternatively chosen again after 2023 (VRT for 2024. RTBF for 2025, and so on).

Zheng
Zheng
11 days ago

I hope that next Belgian represent not be a The voice singer. Belgium deserves prominent artist and finally good result first time in many years

kir
kir
11 days ago
Reply to  Zheng

Yeah, the Voice/X-factor alumni like Duncan and Maneskin were bad options for their countries.

Malo
Malo
11 days ago
Reply to  Zheng

4 years is not many though. It took Finland 15 for another top 10 finish.

Peter van Zyäi
Peter van Zyäi
11 days ago
Reply to  Malo

Keep in mind they almost reached top 10 in 2014 with Softengine (2 points below the two automatic qualifiers, Denmark and Spain)

Jake
Jake
11 days ago

Their song choices have been sublime, but going with inexperienced performers on stage has been a mixed bag as some have struggled with nerves on the big stage. Still, Belgium always present a good modern radio-friendly song. Good luck to them. Looking forward to hear what they’ll come up with.