It’s been on hiatus for seven years. Now Flemish broadcaster VRT is resurrecting Eurosong — Belgium’s national final — for Eurovision 2023.
During those seven years, the Flemish music industry has seen a large shift with new names and voices. With the boom of Flemish and Dutch-language music reclaiming their position on both the radio and streaming charts in the Benelux countries, the number of young artists able to sustain a career has grown significantly.
Belgian daily newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws already cooked up a list, which it claims consists of VRT’s top picks for their upcoming selection. Those artists are: The Starlings, Camille, Natalia, Regi, Laura Tesoro & Niels Destadsbader.
In the article that follows, we present five additional Flemish acts that could be welcome additions in Belgium’s Eurosong 2023.
Wishlist: Five fresh Flemish acts for Eurosong 2023
1. Pommelien Thijs
Pommelien Thijs was born in Kessel, near Antwerp, in 2001. She started her career as a kid, presenting on both Ketnet and VTMKZoom, Flanders’ main children’s channels. Next to that, she starred in several television series, a film and different musicals. Starring as the main character Caroline “Caro” Timmers in the Ketnet musical series #LikeMe, Pommelien built a huge fanbase. However, her big break in music came when she collaborated with Dutch singer Jaap Reesema on the single “Nu wij niet meer praten”, which topped the charts in both countries. In 2022, while coming out as bisexual, she released “Ongewoon”, her second domestic number-1 hit.
Born in a town close to the French border in West Flanders in 2001, Camille Dhont first appeared as a cover singer on MNM and Qmusic. In 2019, she joined Pommelien Thijs as a co-star in the musical series #LikeMe — a huge break. As a musician, she started collaborating with Belgian DJ Regi. In 2021, she released her first solo single titled “Vuurwerk”, which reached #4 on the Flemish Ultratop charts and stayed on the charts for forty weeks. Her follow-up single “Diamant” achieved the same success. Camille’s debut album Vuurwerk topped the album charts for one week. In 2022, she won the Flemish edition of The Masked Singer, following in the footsteps of Eurovision 1986 winner Sandra Kim.
Formed in Ghent in 2012, Bazart is an indie group initially formed by singer Mathieu Terryn and Simon Nuytten. They focus on a more calm and mysterious musical style and with a Flemish-language only repertoire. Their single “Goud” became a sleeper hit in Flanders in spring 2016 after being released almost six months earlier. The song stayed in the Ultratop top 10 for almost a year, which broke records. The group subsequently won five MIAs, Belgium’s most important music awards, in 2017 and another two a year later. Their 2016 and 2018 albums Echo and 2 topped the albums, while their 2021 album Onderweg peaked at #3. On the eponymous single, they collaborated with Dutch Eurovision 2022 star S10.
Born as Joris van Rossem in Duffel in 1991, Metejoor got acquainted with producer Hans Francken after an unsuccessful attempt by Metejoor’s sister to participate in The Voice van Vlaanderen. Metejoor subsequently signed with CNR Records to release music. Initially wanting to become a gymnastics teacher as a result of his stage fright, Metejoor eventually released “Ik hou van jou” with Daniel Lopez in 2016, which was a mild hit. In 2018, he was an opening act for Eurovision 1991 act Clouseau. In 2021, he scored his first number-1 hit with Babet on the single “1 op een miljoen”. As a result of his success, Metejoor won three MIAs in early 2022. That same year, Metejoor took a seat as a coach on the Flemish version of The Voice Kids alongside Duncan Laurence and Laura Tesoro.
5. Luka Cruysberghs
Luka Cruysberghs was born in Leuven in 2000 and rose to fame as the winner of the fifth season of The Voice van Vlaanderen in 2017, after being coached by Alex Callier. The Hooverphonic leader decided that Luka was to become the band’s new female vocalist in 2019. As part of Hooverphonic, Luka recorded Belgium’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Release Me”. However, Eurovision 2020 was cancelled and Hooverphonic decided to drop Luka from their line up before Eurovision 2021, welcoming back their original singer Geike instead. Since then, the Flemish star has gone solo. In 2021, she released her first song “Not Too Late” and is currently working on new material.
Have we missed any other fresh names? Who would you like to see take part in Eurosong 2023? Let us know in the comments below!