The Xtra Files 2018: We review Belgium’s ‘A Matter of Time’ by Sennek!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Belgium.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 30 April! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries!

Today we have reviews of Belgian entry, ‘A Matter of Time’ by Sennek, from Matt, Nick, Simon, Tom and Yassia. Let’s get started!

The Reviews


The obvious comparison to a James Bond theme is fair but I can only see that as a positive. Sennek exudes class and I can’t wait to see what Belgium bring to the stage to compliment the song.



Every year needs a proper Bond theme. Belgium are truly delivering this year. Sennek looks like Alanis Morissette, sounds like a jazzed up/Bond worthy Hooverphonic singer and brings us a credible track. Belgium have found their way and I’m delighted for them. With the proper staging, this is a full on contender for victory. For a midtempo/ballad, it’s also quite catchy. The chorus managed to get stuck in my head on the first listen. Fantastic, well done Belgium.


Sennek’s voice gives you a reason to listen – it doesn’t sound like you’ve heard her or the song before. The chorus is a bit of a messy confusion, but the verses are rather enticing.


Belgium with Sennek brings some real class to the competition and yet again shows this country is one to watch at Eurovision. When this song was released I wanted to play it again and again but now maybe it’s fallen behind. Can it grab people’s attention on the night? Hope so.


Again not my type of a song. I like that it’s meant to be a bit more original though. The chorus is even somehow irritating for me. Don’t ask me why, as it’s difficult to explain. Last year I liked Belguim so much better.


Dominik  7.5 Nick  9.5 Tim  9
Hlynur  7 Riccardo  10 Tom  8
Lisa  4 Rigmo  9.5 Vincent  6
Luke  5.5 Rodrigo  9.5 Wiv  9
Matt  6.5 Ryan  9 Yassia  4.5
Miki  9 Sami  7
Nathan  4 Simon  6

Therefore, the average score for Belgium is 7.39.


That means Belgium and Sennek scored just enough to crack our top 5. It was only a matter of time…

  1. Israel – 8.52
  2. Finland – 7.66
  3. Bulgaria – 7.63
  4. France – 7.50
  5. Belgium – 7.39
  6. Sweden – 7.21
  7. Switzerland – 7.08
  8. Poland – 7.08
  9. Germany – 6.95
  10. Ukraine – 6.92
  11. Austria – 6.79
  12. Australia – 6.76
  13. Denmark – 6.55
  14. Lithuania – 6.50
  15. Italy – 6.39
  16. The Netherlands – 6.26
  17. Azerbaijan – 6.05
  18. Portugal – 6.05
  19. Slovenia – 6.00
  20. Estonia – 5.86
  21. Latvia – 5.61
  22. Norway – 5.55
  23. Albania – 5.50
  24. Serbia – 5.05
  25. United Kingdom – 5.03
  26. Belarus – 4.97
  27. Malta – 4.97
  28. Moldova – 4.92
  29. Romania – 4.73
  30. Montenegro – 4.71
  31. Hungary – 4.65
  32. Armenia – 4.29
  33. Georgia – 4.18
  34. Iceland – 4.18
  35. Russia – 4.05
  36. San Marino – 4.03

Tomorrow, it will be the turn of Macedonia to be reviewed.

Do you agree with our reviews of the Belgium? What are your thoughts on A Matter of Time?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

Rigmo Kannike

When not busy haunting various online chat rooms as his criminal alter ego, PeterP, Rigmo enjoys long walks on the beach and rooting for the absolute worst national final songs.

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