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Thursday, 10 October 2013 22:00

Belgium: Ruslana Joins Panel for Eurosong 2014

Ruslana, winner of the 2004 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Wild Dances has confirmed to the media, and the general public that she will be one of the judges during Eurosong 2014, the Belgian pre-selection which will see to the choice of both the artist and the entry alike. The format of the new selection process is set to resemble that of a casting show in the early stages before becoming a proper showcase where original songs, ready for the Eurovision Song Contest will be put forward in front of an international jury and tele-voting with a panel of guest judges in the studio passing their opinion.

Earlier this year, the Francophone broadcaster, RTBF internally selected Roberto Bellarosa who went onto perform the track Love Kills, taking Belgium straight into the final where he finished in a credible twelfth place, the second best result since the introduction of the two semi-final format. VRT, the broadcaster responsible for next years' entry last obtained a positive result in 2010 when Tom Dice and his entry Me and My Guitar finished in sixth place as their last try in 2012 ended in great disappointment with Iris and the track Would You? only managing a penultimate position in the semi-final. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Ruslana's Official Website

één, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Belgium, every other year and representative of the Flanders sector of the country is set to unveil a pretty sophisticated preselection process which will see the nation pick their artist and song in a seperate manner, in the hope of achieving success. In 2012, it was Iris who carried the flag with her entry Would You? finishing in second to last position within the semi-final but there is a wonderful aura surrounding Eurosong 2014 after Roberto Bellarosa took the country to the final and finished in twelfth place with Love Kills.

Eurosong 2014 will comprise of seven weeks, starting off with two casting shows (2nd/9th February), moving onto the call back (16th February), the semi-finals (23rd February, 2nd March and 9th March) and the actual final (16th March). Basically, artists who would like to throw their hat into the ring will be first judged by a panel of four music experts, two of which have been revealed to be Piet Goddaer and Jef Martens before being given their possible entries for the Eurovision Song Contest, which can be submitted to the broadcaster by the 28th October on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The experts will then play an advisory role towards the end of the selection process with a European Jury along with the Belgian Public selecting their act for the Eurovision Song Contest as the artist would then have been paired up with his respective song. Despite being a tad complicated, VRT and één have planned it out brilliantly and it could very much be a system which works because finding the right song for the right artist should be the way forward in the music industry. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.


Flanders, the region responsible for the participation of Belgium in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark have unveiled their selection procedure under the guidance of their broadcaster, VRT. Would You? co-written by Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts with vocals by Iris was the last entry to represent the regioon but nevertheless failed to amass widespread appeal, obtaining just sixteen (16) points to finish in the penultimate position of seventeenth. In 2014, the selection procedure is set to change in order to try and select an up and coming individual whose aim is to represent the nation in the best possible way.

The national selection process entitled Eurosong is calling for artists who dream big to send a video clip of themselves performing any song from previous editions of the Eurovision Song Contest in a different genre. The concept which is quite intriguing will see to how imaginative the performers will be because they will have to perform in front of millions where they have to adapt to the pressure. Candidates could either be soloists or within a group in an effort to encourage a little bit of both. VRT, the broadcaster responsible for the Flanders region is looking to create a casting show in a similar vein to the German pre-selections of 2010 and 2012 which saw to the selection of Lena Meyer-Landrut and Roman Lob, both of which managed top ten results.

Belgium, a country in the western side of the continent which has been rather unlucky at the international competition, managing to qualify only on two occasions, one of them being earlier this year as Roberta Bellarosa surprised everyone with his stunning rendition of the song Love Kills co-written by Ian Farquharson and Jukka Immonen. The song finished in a respectable twelfth place making it their third best result within the past years and also a hit in several countries including The Netherlands and Sweden. Apart from a call for artists, the Flemish broadcaster is inviting songwriters all across the world to submit their demo songs for the competition. All of the information could be found through the official website, here. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.


It has already been quite the interesting journey with our set of critics, who are actually four but the last two join together as one of the upcoming production houses in Sweden. They have already highlighted which of the seven serve as their favourites and will now be moving on their eight track but nevertheless, their top ten might not reflect the marking as seen within these articles and this is because they are just rating how a song sounds to them on its' own thus far. The next entry comes from Belgium whose Flemish broadcaster had decided to send a newcomer to represent them in the event by the name of Iris and the track that she will be performing entitled Would You? was one of the two that she performed in a two song national selection. It is a co-write between three Belgians including; Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts.

After Sandra Kim (who won with J’aime la vie in ’86, when was just 13), Iris is the youngest ever Belgian Eurovision Song Contest candidate. This spontaneous flower from Noorderwijk (Herentals) is only 17, but is all set to give Europe an unforgettable performance. Iris was clearly bitten by the music bug when she was just a child. She skipped her way through her childhood, singing and dancing. She joined her local school choir. She sang a few local gigs and then, suddenly, she was ‘spotted’ in 2010 at a talent competition, jointly organised by Flemish teen magazine ‘Joepie’ and ‘Sonic Angel’ (the record company behind Tom Dice, who came 6th in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Me and my guitar). Iris won herself a record deal and soon afterwards released her first hit single Wonderful.

When the VRT (the Flemish public broadcaster) announced that Iris would be representing Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, she was still relatively inexperienced and had never before appeared on national TV. The VRT was won over by her youthful enthusiasm, her fresh look and her intriguing stem. For Iris this announcement was a dream come true. She had been dreaming of singing at the Eurovision Song Contest since her childhood. Together with the VRT, Iris (and record company Sonic Angel) went in search of lyricists and composers. Two songs were finally selected: Safety net and Would you. On Saturday 17 March 2012, Flemish TV viewers made the final choice. When she represents Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, Iris will be singing Would you.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • A simple ballad, very powerful performed. I believe that it is Iris voice that makes this ballad so interesting. It has a strong chorus. Hope it will reach the final! Let's give this a clear seven (7) points.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • The Belgian song starts very promising, naked and genuine. It loses some of its impact halfway through or so, and ends up somewhere between horrible and fantastic, but still I want to give credit to the singer. It won’t reach the left side of the score board, but I wouldn’t be astonished if Belgium reaches the final. It is very borderline so hence, my five (5) points.


  • This is a ballad that doesn’t touch you emotionally. Iris is off pitch too many times. Because of this songs “naked” sound her voice needs something extra to shine through. Unfortunately, she doesn’t succeed in doing that. Well, five (5) points will suffice this one though.

Entry Background

Performer: Iris

Composers: Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts

Authors: Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts

Song: Would You?

Language: English

Broadcaster: VRT

 History of the Nation

Like Switzerland, Belgium is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and finished in the bottom position a total of eight times but then again, their results have been quite positive except since the introduction of the semi-final system which has seen them slumber to disaster unfortunately. They have only made it out of the semi-final once, and that was in 2010 with Tom Dice and his song Me and My Guitar who would go onto finish in sixth place at the end of the evening. Last year, they missed out on the final ever so slightly with Witloof Bay and their song With Love Baby finishing in eleventh place. The nation will be hoping that Iris can put her nerves aside and manage to put Belgium through to the final once more hoping that another top ten result could be viable.

Source: for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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