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ESC Reporter | April 27, 2017

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Belgium announces Eurosong details

Belgium announces Eurosong details
Eric Nocito

Belgium’s broadcaster, VRT, announced the details of their selection process, Eurosong 2014. Unlike the past two years that Één made the selection for Belgium (2010 and 2012), the process will be from open applications instead of internal selection.

Also, the performer shall be selected separately from the song, with two different kinds of submissions.

 

Applications

Prospective artists must submit a video of themselves covering any song from the 58 years of the Eurovision Song Contest.  The deadline for the submission of entries is October 14 at midnight. Applications must be submitted here.

On the other hand, authors and composers who want to enter a song must send it to eurosong@een.be by October 28 for review.

 

Panel of Experts

Helping to make the decision for Belgium is a panel of four experts, who will advise and decide the initial competitors.  The first two on the panel are:  Piet Goddaer and Jef Martens.

Piet Goddaer is well-known in the Belgian music business, especially in the pop and rock world.  His alias, Ozark Henry, has been also nominated for numerous awards, such as “Best Belgian Act” for the “MTV European Music Awards.”

Jef Martens, also known as Basto or Lazy Jay, is also a well-known name in the Belgian music industry and abroad. Martens is responsible for a range of worldwide hits, including “Scream & Shout” by Will.I.Am featuring Britney Spears.

 

The Shows

On February 2 and 9, there will be two episodes involving the casting of potential contestants for Eurosong.  On each episode, performers will cover the Eurovision song of their choice in front of the panel of experts.  From then, the panel will send eight artists to the semi-finals.

Before the semi-finals begin, there will be a live second chance show titled “The Callback.”  Eight contestants who didn’t make it will return and try to win a place in one of the semi-finals from the viewers and panel of experts. Four artists will then proceed to the semi-finals.

On February 23, the first semi-final of Eurosong 2014 will air live.  Four artists will reveal and perform their new song for the world.  Only two artists will proceed to the final from each semi-final, and that will be decided upon by the viewers and the panel of experts.  Semi-Final 2 on March 2 and Semi-Final 3 on March 9 will do the same and also send two artists to the final.

On March 16, the live final will be broadcast.  The six artists from the semi-finals will perform their song fully as it will be performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winner will be decided by the viewers and the opinions of a European jury.  The panel of experts will only advise in the final.

 

Update:

Ruslana (Eurovision 2004 Winner – Ukraine) has been announced as the third “expert” for Eurosong 2014.

 

All shows will be broadcasted on the channel, Één.

 

The winner of Eurosong 2014 will go on to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

More information on Eurosong can be found here.

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