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Our Eurovision Favourites: Belgium 🇧🇪

Following the announcement that ‘The Voice Belgique 2021’ winner Jérémie Makiese would be representing Belgium in Italy next May, the EuroBuzz team look back on the past entries of one of Eurovision’s founding countries and select our favourites from over the years.

1. ‘Sanomi’ – Urban Trad (2003)

Curtis – “I absolutely adore this; the Celtic feel grips me instantly. To this day, I think it’s a masterpiece, and a risk that was executed brilliantly. More of this please Belgium!”

Honourable mentions:

‘Rhythm Inside’ – Loïc Nottet (2015)
‘City Lights’ – Blanche (2017)

2. ‘Love Kills’ – Roberto Bellarosa (2013)

Liv – “I went back through every single Eurovision earlier this year, yet this still remains in my top 10 favourite entries of all time. I’m a big fan of these kind of pop tracks, so it ticks every box for me.

Roberto delivered a really good vocal on the night; he didn’t seem to be too nervous, and looked so delighted when he’d finished performing. Also, can we just talk about the dancers?! Such sharp choreography. Even though Belgium have arguably sent stronger entries, this one will always stick out to me. I wish I’d have appreciated this more back in 2013, but I can now safely say it is my winner of that year, and it’s unlikely to ever change.”

Honourable mentions:

‘Me And My Guitar’ – Tom Dice (2010)
‘What’s The Pressure’ – Laura Tesoro (2016)

3. ‘Rhythm Inside’ – Loïc Nottet (2015)

Jacob – “Even in a high quality year such as 2015, this song stands out as one of the best, and Loïc delivers an amazing performance on stage. This is the type of quality I hope to see again from Belgium again soon.”

Honourable mentions:

‘Wake Up’ – Eliot (2019)

James – “The song, the staging & the vocals, all of it was perfect. This was by far my favourite song of 2015, especially after seeing it performed live.

The song is mysterious & captivating the whole way through, that is what made it the best in my eyes. The staging was minimal but it worked perfectly with the song. No one could doubt his vocal ability live and he proved to everyone that he was one of the best vocalists of the year. Coming 4th in the contest is great, although I expected it to come at least top three.”

Honourable mentions:

‘What’s The Pressure’ – Laura Tesoro (2016)
‘City Lights’ – Blanche (2017)

4. ‘City Lights’ – Blanche (2017)

Eleanor – “While the staging for ‘City Lights’ is undoubtedly minimalist compared to Belgium’s 2016 effort, in my opinion, it’s a crime that it scored a lower placing. Blanche gives a strong vocal performance that gives the song a hypnotic quality, and the warmth that the crowd give the 17 year old never fails to make me smile when I watch the performance back.

Additionally, the track itself has managed to achieve what few Eurovision songs can do: feel contemporary in the year it was released, and stand the test of time well enough that it’s still never skipped when it comes on shuffle in the car! For me, Blanche’s voice is perfect in its distinctiveness, and this, combined with her journey in growing confidence onstage throughout the 2017 competition, makes the entry even more special to me.”

Honourable mentions:

‘Rhythm Inside’ – Loïc Nottet (2015)
‘Release Me’ – Hooverphonic (2020)

Grace – “It has competition admittedly, but my favourite Belgian song is still City Lights! Funnily, I wasn’t keen when it was first released, but it really grew on me during the 2017 season. I love the production and Blanche’s voice on the track, and I also love how raw and vulnerable the performance is.”

Honourable mentions:

‘Dis Oui’ – Mélanie Cohl (1998)
‘Like The Wind’ – Vanessa Chinitor (1999)
‘Love Kills’ – Roberto Bellarosa (2013)
‘The Wrong Place’ – Hooverphonic (2021)

TJ – “This one, for me, is one of the all-time best Eurovision songs. ‘City Lights’ manages to be modern and chill, while being edgy and authentic. In addition, Blanche’s deep and unique voice teleports you to another dimension.

It’s easy to understand why this one was a big fan favourite back in 2017, and I think that if the delegation had spent more time on the staging this could have been the winner.”

Honourable mentions:

‘Me And My Guitar’ – Tom Dice (2010)
‘Rhythm Inside’ – Loïc Nottet (2015)

5. ‘A Matter Of Time’ – Sennek (2018)

Francesco – I love this song so much. It’s sophisticated and dark, similar to other songs entered by Belgium in recent years. You can really feel power and emotion in Sennek’s voice; I can honestly listen to this song for hours on end. Ultimately, the staging did let it down on the night, but the song itself definitely deserved to qualify.”

Honourable mentions:

‘Rendez-Vous’ – Pas de Deux (1983)

6. ‘The Wrong Place’ – Hooverphonic (2021)

AJ – “Hooverphonic really came in 2021 with their A game! Spectacularly produced, professional and lyrics with a strong narrative. It was also refreshing to see something so ‘mature’ in the contest, while not feeling antiquated or dated at all.”

Honourable mentions: ‘1 Life’ – Xandee (2004). An underrated bop!

Sophie – “I will play this song for years to come. Everything about this is completely magical to me. I much prefer this to their 2020 effort, so I’m so happy they came back and gave me the opportunity to fall in love with their music properly!

The staging of this was incredible, and Geike has an amazing stage presence. I’m glad that in the end it looked like they really enjoyed their Eurovision experience after the drama of 2020. I screamed when they qualified – sorry neighbours!”

Honourable mentions:

‘J’aime La Vie’ – Sandra Kim (1986)
‘What’s the Pressure’ – Laura Tesoro (2016)
‘Me And My Guitar’ – Tom Dice (2010)

Which Belgian entry is your favourite? What are your hopes for Jérémie‘s 2022 entry? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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