VRT, Belgium’s Flemish-speaking broadcaster, has confirmed that Belgium will participate in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, after qualifying for the final for the second time in a row. Jérémie Makiese represented Belgium at this year’s contest with “Miss You”, finishing in 19th place with 64 points.
Eurosong to return?
The Belgian broadcaster confirmed their participation to the contest to ESCToday, joining other countries who had already confirmed their participation in next year’s contest. The selection method that will be used to select the Belgian entry has not yet been confirmed. However, Belgian media have reported that VRT is considering returning to a national selection format to select their entry.
The Eurosong national final was last used to select Belgium’s entry in 2016, when Laura Tesoro won the selection and flew the flag for Belgium in Stockholm. Niels Destadsbader has been reported as a potential host for the selection after former host Peter Van de Veire stepped down from his morning radio show on MNM Radio.
Whoever is selected to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2023 could potentially become the host entry. British newspaper The Guardian is suggesting that the European Union are looking at a joint bid to counter bids by UK cities to host Eurovision 2023. The Belgian capital Brussels has been reported as a potential host city for any EU bid.
Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022
The Voice Belgique winner Jérémie Makiese was announced as the first act for Eurovision 2022 in September, with his song “Miss You” being released six months later, in March.
Participating in the second semi-final, Belgium qualified for the final in 8th place with 151 points – their second qualification in a row after Hooverphonic also qualified in Rotterdam in 2021. In the final, Belgium finished in 19th place with 64 points – scoring 59 points from the juries and five from the televote.