Belgium: “Eurosong 2023” Full Format and Jury Revealed

Flemish broadcaster VRT has published the song titles of 14 songs in the national selection line-up.
Each one of the 7 artists, will perform 2 songs.
The final will be held on the 14th of January 2023.
Each one of the 7 artists will perform one song only in the final.

The 14 songs in the line up are:

  1. Ameerah – The Carnival
  2. Ameerah – Armageddon
  3. Chérine – Ça m’ennuie pas (From French: I Don’t Mind)
  4. Chérine – Mon étoile (From French: My Star)
  5. Gala Dragot – Emotion ollie
  6. Gala Dragot – t ‘inquiète (From French: Don’t Worry)
  7. Gustaph – Because Of You
  8. Gustaph – The Nail
  9. Hunter Falls – Home
  10. Hunter Falls – Ooh La La
  11. Loredana – Dream In Colors
  12. Loredana – You Lift Me Up
  13. The Starlings – Oceanside
  14. The Starlings – Rollercoaster

You can watch and and the listen the snippets in the following video:

VRT revealed that 15 music experts be included in the professional jury panel and these are:

  1. Laura Tesoro (Belgium, Eurovision 2016)
  2. Jérémie Makiese (Belgium, Eurovision 2022)
  3. NikkieTutorials (Host Eurovision 2021, The Netherlands)
  4. Alexander Rybak (2009 Eurovision winner, Norway)
  5. Laura Govaerts (Presenter MNM)
  6. Ann Reymen (Presenter Radio 2)
  7. Korneel De Clercq (Presenter Radio 1)
  8. Thibault Christiaensen (Presenter Studio Brussels)
  9. Francisco Schuster (Actor, singer, dancer)
  10. Leslie Cable (Head of Delegation Eurovision Song Contest RTBF)
  11. Jasper Van Biesen ( and author 65 years of Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest )
  12. Stephan Monsieur (President OGAE Belgium)
  13. André Vermeulen (Retired VRT journalist)
  14. Els Germonpré (Music Coordinator One)
  15. Manu Lammens (Music manager MNM)

The first 4 judged will be present in the arena along the show. While the remaining 11 will stay behind the scenes,
They will give expert comment following the live performances.
The jury panel (all 15 members) will grant points that will have a weight of 50% of the final decision.

The mechanism in which the songs will be narrowed down from 14 to 7 was published:

  • Starting on the 9th of January 2023, the full songs will be revealed.
  • Once per day, after the daily news program, an artist will perform his 2 songs live in front of the other artists in the selection.
  • The daily show will be held at 19:40 CET
  • The rest of the artists will advise the performer, which of the 2 songs to perform in the final.
  • However, the performers will have their own right to pick the song for the final.

The host of the national selection will be Peter Van de Veire

Peter commented:

We have made a song club out of the artists; each artist performs their two songs to the other artists. The rest of the song club then give advice on which of the two songs they think is more suitable for the final. The artist can choose to follow the advice or decide for themselves.
The artists have noticed that they could hand each other victory. That is not so obvious in such a competition

What do you think about the chosen expert jury?
Which snippet excited you the most?
What do you think about the method of selection?

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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