VRT kicks off Eurosong this week – Belgium’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. Seven acts will sing for a ticket to the show in May and the honour of representing Belgium. Who are you most excited for?
VRT broadcasting schedule for Eurosong week
According to Belgian Eurovision web site Songfestival.be, the songs will not all be revealed on the same day. Instead, they will be released over the course of the five days leading up to the grand final in Brussels’ Palais 12 on Saturday 14 January. Each day will focus on one or two acts revealing songs in that programme. At the end of the week, each of the seven acts will choose the song they want to take to the grand final.
- 9 January – Loredana’s songs
- 10 January – Chérine’s songs and Hunter Falls’ first song
- 11 January – Hunter Fall’s second song and Ameerah’s songs
- 12 January – gala dragot’s songs and Gustaph’s first song
- 13 January – Gustaph’s second song and The Starlings’ song
Eurosong 2023 acts
Flemish diva Loredana last participated in Eurosong in 2014, with the Ovi-penned song “She’s After My Piano”, which scored her a hit together with Pat Krimson. This year, the flame-haired songstress will take up the stage alone with two new eurodance tracks – “You Lift Me Up” and “Dream in Colours”.
Named “perfectly trilingual” by Flemish broadcaster VRT, Chérine previously took part in The Voice in both Flanders and France. The Antwerp native is bringing the French language to the Flemish preselection with her entries “Ça m’ennui pas”, a modern uptempo pop song, and and a ballad titled “Mon étoile”.
Although less experienced than most of the other acts, Hunter Falls is brining a mix of flavours to the Eurosong stage. In the competition, he is performing two uptempo tracks. One is a more classic Eurosong song, “Home”, whereas “Ooh La La” seems reminiscent of a scandipop track that could have been found at Sweden’s Melodifestivalen in recent years.
Singer-songwriter Astrid Roelants, better known as Ameerah, previously worked with Jennifer Lopez and Tiësto and featured in a Madcon song. In her two Eurosong tracks, “The Carnival” and “Armageddon”, Ameerah shows off her vocal range as well as delivering a slick pop effort.
Already experiencing stardom in Albania, 17-year-old gala dragot is turning towards a mature audience in Belgium after earlier winning the Flemish edition of The Voice Kids. Her songs don’t fully show themselves well in the snippets that VRT provided, but it seems that “emotion ollie” and “t’inquiète” will have a more gothic and more experimental sound.
An outspoken queer artist, Gustaph finally tries to the take the Eurosong stage himself with two self-written songs, “Because of You” and “The Nail”. In 2018, he worked as a background singer for Sennek’s entry, while in Rotterdam in 2021, Gustaph helped Hooverphonic’s Geike Arnaert as a vocal coach.
The Starlings – that’s Tom Dice and Kato Callebaut – have enjoyed some commercial success in Belgium ever since their founding in 2019. With “oceanside”, The Starlings bring a country-inspired offering to Eurosong that stands out from the rest. “Rollercoaster”, the duet’s other song, was written by Melfest 2023 participant Laurell Barker among others, and has a more distinct Eurovision sound.
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