Flemish public broadcaster VRT has revived Eurosong — the country’s iconic Eurovision selection show. According to local newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Belgium will select its Eurovision 2023 contestant on 14 January.
We already knew that the selection would feature seven artists with two songs each, but HLN — which has consistently provided the Flemish public with insider rumours that have come true — now claims that artists might actually sing three songs.
Although VRT initially announced that the return of Eurosong would mean a series of weekends with prime time television shows, HLN reports that the national final will be concluded rather early. According to the paper the final will take place on 14 January in Brussels.
Next to that, Eurosong 2023 will have a jury panel that will give constructive feedback and advice to the acts, but won’t vote. Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence is reportedly among the members of the jury panel.
What will Eurosong 2023 look like?
Although HLN has not received all the details on the format yet, they could report in their podcast De Mediawatchers that the selection will have two well-known names, likely including The Starlings, and five unknown acts.
The whole selection process will conclude within the space of one week. Although VRT had wanted multiple Sunday night shows, the broadcaster seems to have settled on a more intense alternative now with multiple shows within the space of one week.
The podcast noted that within the management board of the VRT, there had been a strong call to send an act to the contest it could pour pride into, in contrast to the broadcaster’s somewhat meek efforts in the past.
According to HLN journalist Desna Lespinoy, the show’s host Peter Van de Veire is enthusiastic about the potential of the acts, saying that despite the somewhat unclear initial call for songs, the eventual tracks do deliver what they were hoping for.
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