Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws has reported that seven acts will take part in VRT’s revived Eurosong 2023. Each act will be singing two songs. On top of that, the country’s national final will move from Antwerp to Belgium’s capital Brussels. The news was confirmed by the broadcaster to Songfestival.be.
VRT has decided to shake up its Eurosong format. Instead of having cover rounds, as in the last two editions, this time the broadcaster will let artists perform not one, but two potential Eurovision entries.
Despite this new info, details about the exact format and the number of shows remains unclear.
What is known is that the broadcaster will stage the final of its selection show in Paleis 12, a popular concert venue in Brussels with a capacity of 15,000. Back in 2014, the show was hosted in Antwerp’s Sportpaleis, while two years later, the show moved back to a smaller venue.
Additionally, Het Laatste Nieuws has reported that the national final is set for February.
Who won’t participate in Eurosong 2023?
Although the broadcaster initially planned to place an open call, welcoming submissions from the general public, VRT ultimately decided to select its participants internally by consulting record labels.
In recent weeks, Flemish media have rounded up a sizeable list of artists that don’t want to participate in the selection. They included fresh names Camille and Pommelien Thijs, as well as TikTok star Berre.
Het Laatste Nieuws has reported that Natalia and Laura Tesoro, who initially considered participation, have now decided against taking part as well. Additionally, bands Bazart and Oscar and The Wolf, and television presenters Jonas Van Geel and Jelle Cleymans are “not interested”.
Niels Destadsbader, one of the region’s biggest television and music stars of the past years, won’t be one of the seven acts either.
Who do you want to see at Eurosong 2023? Who would you like to see representing Belgium at the contest next year?