On Saturday, VRT announced that it would revive its Eurovision selection Eurosong for 2023. Since then Belgian Eurovision fans have been on the hunt to find potential candidates for the show. Unfortunately, Flemish starlets Pommelien Thijs and Camille have come out to say they will not be taking part in the national final.
Although we recently named them in our Five Fresh Flemish acts article, both Pommelien Thijs and Camille will not be taking part. In a reaction to a question posed by Songfestival.be, Camille’s manager William Vaesen said:
“If VRT asks us, we would consider a Eurovision participation, but at this moment, it does not fit in Camille’s busy schedule. If she ever takes part, she wants to prepare well and be properly equipped. Eurovision is something for the future for us.”
Pommelien’s manager Lester Williams was rather short and told Songfestival.be: “Pommelien won’t take part in Eurosong, but there will be plenty of nice music coming up.”
Who is enthusiastic to do Eurosong 2023?
Pat Krimson and Loredana, formerly known as 2 Fabiola, took part in Eurosong 2014. They told VRT that they are preparing a bid for the selection. After all, their entry from almost a decade ago “She’s After My Piano” became a huge summer hit in Flanders, even though the jury dragged it down and wrote it off as kitsch and camp during the show.
Other big names have been more reluctant.
Stijn Peeters — who manages both Eurovision 2016 alumna Laura Tesoro and local star Natalia — told Songfestival.be that their management company is not ruling out Eurosong 2023, but have their doubts about it. He said:
“VRT has contacted us indeed. There is careful interest, but we will wait for the concept and format. Natalia is an established name, she won’t take part in slaughterhouse show. The same counts for Laura. If we feel it’s fitting, we want to put in effort to find an appropriate song for Eurosong.”
Flanders’ most successful Eurovision contestant Tom Dice has very specific criteria if he is to take part with The Starlings, a duet he has with his wife Kato Callebaut. He told Songfestival.be:
“With The Starlings, we will only take part if we have the feeling we can win Eurovision or at least do better than my sixth place in Oslo. We don’t just want to promote a new single. We work really hard on new music, if there is a suitable song coming from [our work], we will not rule it out.”
Are you hoping any of your favourite artists will take part in Eurosong? Who is on your wishlist? Let us know in the comments down below!