BELGIO – JESC


Belgium in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Belgium
Belgium

Member station
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 10
First appearance 2003
Last appearance 2012
Best result 4th: 2009
Worst result 15th: 2007
External links
Belgium’s page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Belgium in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Belgium has competed in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest until 2013. The country’s best result was in 2009, when Laura Omloopcame 4th with “Zo verliefd”. Belgium’s worst result was in 2007, with Trustcoming 15th with “Anders”.

History[edit]

Belgium are one of the sixteen countries to have made their debut at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which took place on 15 November 2003 at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark.[1]

National selection[edit]

Two broadcasters were once responsible for the Belgium entry at Junior Eurovision – as for the Eurovision Song Contest, both Flemishbroadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Walloonbroadcaster Radio télévision belge de la communauté française(RTBF) were responsible for organising the Belgian entry for Junior Eurovision. The two broadcasters shared responsibility, with VRT organising one year, and RTBF organising the following year. In 2003 VRT organised the Belgian entry, sending X!NK to Copenhagen with “De vriendschapsband”, while in 2004 RTBF organised the Belgian entry, sending the Free Spirits to the contest in Lillehammer with “Accroche-toi”.

2005 marked a change to the format, with both broadcasters organising one national final due to the 2005 Contest being held in the Belgian city of Hasselt. Each broadcaster chose six songs to compete in one national final, with the final winner representing Belgium at the contest.[2] The winner was Lindsay Daenen with “Mes rêves”. 2006 returned to the previous format, with VRT organising the entry. Following this RTBF decided to withdraw from Junior Eurovision due to a lack of interest for the contest in Wallonia and in RTBF.[3] This gave VRT total control of Belgium’s Junior Eurovision entry.

Although VRT is a Dutch broadcaster, it has been known for them to include some French songs in their national finals, for example, in 2008. However, since 2006 all Belgian entries have been in Dutch. In 2010, Belgium sent a duo for the first time since their debut. Belgium was also the first country who confirmed to participate in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and 2012.[4]

Withdrawal[edit]

On 26 March 2013, Flemish broadcaster, VRT, announced that Belgium will withdraw from the contest in 2013, according to sources. On the other hand, their neighbor, the Netherlands, suggested that Belgium could take a one-year break from the contest in order to “NOT disappoint the kids of Belgium.”[5] On 20 December 2013, Belgium’s Flemish TV channel Ketnet announced that they are no longer interested in Junior Eurovision and decided not to make a comeback in Malta.

Participation[edit]

Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2003 X!NK “De vriendschapsband” Dutch 6 83
2004 Free Spirits “Accroche-toi” French 10 37
2005 Lindsay “Mes rêves” French 10 63
2006 Thor! “Een tocht door het donker” Dutch 7 71
2007 Trust “Anders” Dutch 15 19
2008 Oliver “Shut Up” Dutch 11 45
2009 Laura Omloop “Zo verliefd (Yodelo)” Dutch 4 113
2010 Jill & Lauren “Get Up!” Dutch, English 7 61
2011 Femke “Een kusje meer” Dutch, French 7 64
2012 Fabian “Abracadabra” Dutch 5 72
Did not participate between 2013 and 2016

Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[6] The Belgian broadcasters, VRT and RTBF, send their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Flemish language and Walloon languages. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Belgium. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.

Year(s) Flemish commentator(s) Waloon commentator(s) Spokesperson
2003 Ilse Van Hoecke and Bart Peeters Corinne Boulangier Judith Bussé
2004 Ilse Van Hoecke and Marcel Vanthilt Jean-Louis Lahaye Alexander Schönfelder
2005 Ilse Van Hoecke and André Vermeulen Max Colombie
2006 Ilse Van Hoecke and Jelle Cleymans No broadcast Sander Cliquet
2007 Kristien Maes and Ben Roelants Bab Buelens
2008 Chloé Ditlefsen
2009 Oliver Symons
2010 Kristien Maes and Tom De Cock Laura Omloop
2011 Jill & Lauren
2012 Astrid Demeure and Tom De Cock Femke Verschueren
Belgium did not participate or broadcast between 2013 and 2016

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Belgium’s top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2012:

Hostings[edit]

Year Location Venue Presenters
2005 Hasselt Ethias Arena Maureen Louys and Marcel Vanthilt

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