He has over 500,000 subscribers on TikTok. And in the summer of 2022 he also had a local hit with the song “Say My Name”. But despite the hopes of many of his fans, we won’t be seeing Berre at Eurosong 2023. The Flemish star says he declined an invitation from VRT.21-year-old Berre Vandenbussche started going viral with his TikTok covers in February 2022, catching the eyes and ears of Belgian media.
Three months later, in May 2022, Berre released his first single “Say My Name”, which reached Number 4 on the Flemish radio charts. The song quickly proved a local hit as he was invited to sing on the legendary Flemish music programme Tien Om Te Zien throughout the Summer.
Flemish broadcaster VRT saw the success too and they reportedly invited the TikTok talent to compete in their Eurovision selection. However, Berre told radio programme Kawtar & Keyaert on MNM that he gave them a “no”. Speaking on Tuesday he said:
“They have asked it, yes, but I have politely declined. Because I just have the feeling that I am not ready for it. Because everything is starting calmly and performances have to happen [for me]. I just don’t see myself standing on such a large stage yet.”
Nevertheless, the Brabant native said that he was not ruling out participation in the future.
“I just feel that I have to get experience,” he added.
How will Belgium select its Eurovision 2023 act?
In 2023, the northern region of Belgium, Flanders and its broadcaster VRT, is responsible for selecting the country’s Eurovision 2023 entrant. In July, VRT announced that it would be reviving Eurosong, after seven years of internal selections.
By September, the broadcaster acknowledged that it was “too late” for a submission period and that it would take the responsibility of getting acts to participate itself.
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