Belgium are set to be the next country to choose their act for Eurovision 2023, with national final Eurosong 2023 taking place on 14 January. Now broadcaster VRT has revealed the names of the 15 people who will sit on the selection’s professional jury and contribute part of the final result.
The winner of Eurosong 2023 will be decided by both the public and also an expert jury. This jury is composed of national and international personalities, ranging from past Eurovision contestants, radio hosts, authors and Eurovision bloggers.
Eurosong 2023 jury members
- Alexander Rybak (Norway Eurovision 2009 and 2018)
- Laura Tesoro (Belgium Eurovision 2016)
- Jérémie Makiese (Belgium Eurovision 2022)
- Nikkie De Jager, aka NikkieTutorials (Eurovision 2021 co-host)
- Laura Govaerts (MNM Radio)
- Ann Reymen (Radio2)
- Korneel De Clercq (Radio 1)
- Thibault Christiaensen (StuBru Radio)
- Francicso Schuster (#LikeMe)
- Leslie Cable (Head of Delegation for RTBF at Eurovision)
- Jasper Van Biesen (Author of 65 jaar België op het Songfestival)
- Stephan Monsieur (Chair OGAE Beglium)
- André Vermeulen (Journalist and Eurovision specialist)
- Els Germonpré (Music coordinator at Eén)
- Manu Lammens (Music manager at MNM)
Duncan Laurence, winner of Eurovision 2019 for the Netherlands, will also be present at Eurosong 2023. He’ll perform his winning song “Arcade” on the Paleis 12 stage.
Nikki De Jager
Best known as NikkieTutorials, Nikki De Jager is a makeup artist from the Netherlands. Her YouTube channel, where she posts lifestyle and makeup videos, has over 14 million followers and she’s worked with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. But Nikkie is also a self-professed Eurovision fanatic, and she co-presented the contest in Rotterdam in 2021.
“What really stuck with me is the magic you felt in Ahoy Rotterdam when Måneskin did their rehearsals. Whether it’s your music genre or not, you felt something happening in the venue. I hope to experience that feeling at Eurosong 2023 as well. I’m looking for a full package, where everything comes together perfectly… that’s what I’m going to pay attention to! It was already a dream come true that I could present Eurovision. The fact that I can now help determine who will represent Belgium, I consider it such a big joy. What confidence… I’m looking forward to it!”
One of the most iconic Eurovision figures, Alexander Rybak enchanted the audience with his violin and song “Fairytale” back in 2009, when he brought victory to Norway. He returned in 2018 when the contest was held in Lisbon, representing Norway with the song “That’s How You Write A Song”. In addition to judging Eurosong 2023, Rybak will also perform his legendary song “Fairytale” on Paleis 12’s stage during the national final.
“I love starting the new year exploring new music. Belgium has a lot of musical talent. I myself have many Belgian fans on TikTok and Instagram, so I’m excited to visit you!”
Former contestant of The Voice Belgique in 2021, Jérémie Makiese represented Belgium at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, finishing 19th in the final. His Eurovision song, “Miss You”, also climbed to the top of the Flemish music charts.
“It is an honour that this year, together with Flanders, I can determine who will succeed me as a Belgian candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest. I myself like all kinds of different music styles and that is exactly what Eurosong 2023 will bring: the songs of the candidates are very diverse in terms of genres. I can’t wait to see how they will perform their song live on the big Eurosong stage.”
Laura Tesoro represented Belgium in Eurovision 2016 with her song “What’s the Pressure”. Winning the audience’s hearts, she finished in tenth position during the grand final. Her Eurovision song remained in Belgian charts for 22 weeks.
The Belgian star has continued her success since then, collaborating with Loïc Nottet (who represented Belgium at Eurovision 2015) on the song “Strangers”. Laura already has skills in selecting talented artists as she carries the experience of being a judge for several years on The Voice van Vlaanderen.
About Eurosong 2023
Seven contestants will participate at Eurosong 2023 — Loredana, Chérine, Ameerah, Gustaph, gala dragot, The Starlings and Hunter Falls.
Each of them has prepared two songs. During a series of introduction shows from 9 January, they’ll select which song they want to take forward to the live grand final on 14 January.
The grand final will be held in Brussels at Palais 12, where one act will be chosen as Belgium’s representative for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.
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