On September 15th, The Voice Belgique 2021 winner Jérémie Makiese was announced as Belgium’s representative for Eurovision 2022. He’d previously expressed his desire to fly the flag for the nation, and will now take to the stage in Turin in the hope of providing a successful result for the Benelux country.
A Brief History of Belgium in Eurovison
Belgium was one of the founding countries of Eurovision, debuting all the way back at the inaugural contest in 1956. Since then, they have only won once; Sandra Kim was just 13 when she took ‘J’aime la vie’ to first place. More recently, they’ve managed to reach the top 5 twice, in 2015 with ‘Rhythm Inside’ and 2017 with ‘City Lights’. In 2021, Hooverphonic placed 19th in the final with ‘The Wrong Place’.
Who is Jérémie Makiese?
Jérémie Makiese is a 21-year-old singer born in Antwerp to Congolese parents. He speaks both French and Dutch. As a child, he sang in the church choir and later began singing lessons at school.
Not only is Jérémie a singer, but he also plays football. Starting out as a goalkeeper for BX Brussels at just 13, he recently signed for Royal Excelsior Virton.
The Voice Belgique 2021
Jérémie auditioned for the ninth season of The Voice Belgique, performing a stellar rendition of Labrinth’s ‘Jealous’. All the judges turned their chairs for his performance, including Belgium’s 2015 Eurovision entrant Loïc Nottet. However, it was ultimately B.J. Scott who mentored him, and took him all the way to the final, in which he was declared the winner. His performance of ‘Earth Song’ by Michael Jackson showcased his rich, powerful vocals perfectly, only adding to a collection of incredible performances he’d done throughout his time on the show.
Jérémie won’t be the first winner of The Voice Belgique to represent the country at Eurovision. Roberto Bellarosa won the first series in 2012 and went on to represent Belgium in 2013 in Malmö, placing 12th with ‘Love Kills’.
You can watch Jérémie’s performance in the final below:
Looking to Eurovision 2022
At this moment in time, we don’t know what type of song Jérémie will sing in Italy, or when it will be released. But what we do know, is that if he’s able to deliver the same vocals he did in The Voice Belgique, he has huge potential to deliver another successful result for Belgium at Eurovision. We wish Jérémie and Belgium the best of luck for Eurovision 2022, and look forward to hearing his song in the coming months.
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