Flemish broadcaster VRT will select its Eurovision 2023 act via Eurosong. That’s what VRT’s commentator Peter Van de Veire announced on live television on Saturday evening. Its main channel Eén confirmed the news on Sunday morning.
During the final of Zomerhit, Flanders’ competition to select the best summer hit of 2022, presenter and Eurovision commentator Peter Van de Veire unexpectedly stepped in to say the following:
“VRT has the fantastic task in 2023 to send someone or ‘someone’s’ to Eurovision. I love the Eurovision Song Contest, but critics say that it is ‘old-fashioned’. But it’s for young people, for the future. That’s why we have decided to do something else with it than in other years. VRT is going to search for a new candidate through a competition. Everyone can apply to Eurosong.”
Details on how and where to apply were scant. On Sunday morning, Flanders’ main television channel tweeted:
“Peter Van de Veire brought news to Zomerhit! that in 2023, we can watch who will be sent to the world’s biggest music competition. That’s because through Eurosong, Peter will search for the artist and the song that will be allowed to represent our country at the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Peter Van de Veire bracht nieuws mee naar #Zomerhit! In 2023 kunnen we samen kijken wie we naar het grootste muziekfestival ter wereld sturen. Want in Eurosong gaat Peter op zoek naar de artiest en de song die ons land mag vertegenwoordigen op het Eurovisiesongfestival. pic.twitter.com/US8rTyi4cZ— Eén (@een) August 21, 2022
VRT’s recent results with a national selection
VRT chose its last two acts, Hooverphonic and Sennek, through internal selections in 2018 and 2020. Before that, Laura Tesoro, one of the country’s most successful young female artists, had been selected through Eurosong, their national final.
Throughout the 2010s, the Flemish broadcaster had uneven success with its Eurovision selection. Its 2014 winner Axel Hirsoux crashed out of the Eurovision semi-finals, placing 14th. But two years later Laura Tesoro famously came 10th in the grand final in Stockholm. At the same time, critics slammed Eurosong for its overall weak song level. Other acts selected through Eurosong crashed out in the semis and songs failed to become domestic hits. However, in 2014, eliminated song “She’s After My Piano” became one of the biggest radio hits on Flemish radio in the first half of the year.
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