Belgian national broadcaster VRT has provided further details on Eurosong 2023, confirming that their national selection will not welcome open submissions from the general public.
Earlier this week, Songfestival.be reported that VRT will not be accepting song submissions for their national selection from the general public in 2023. This is reportedly due to a high volume of interested participants in trying their hand at having the chance to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest. Instead of having open registrations, the artists and repertoire team will scout a vast group of record labels and managers to scout potential candidates for Eurosong 2023.
Belgium is currently one of the only countries to host national selections with a pre-selected group of artists, rather than welcoming registrations from anyone. At present, VRT has not provided any further information beyond this point regarding dates, potential artists, or general rules and regulations of Eurosong 2023.
Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest
Belgium has a long history of participations at Eurovision, as it was one of the seven countries that debuted at the very first edition in 1956. Since then, it has participated 63 times and made 53 Grand Final appearances, claiming their sole victory in 1986. After a string of non-qualifications in the early 2000s, Belgium achieved an impressive Top 10 streak from 2015-2017, with two top 4 placings in 2015 and 2017. In 2022, Jérémie Makiese represented Belgium in Turin with his song “Miss You”. He placed 19th in the Grand Final and received 64 points.
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