No Eurosong for Belgium

by Benny Royston 37 views

Belgium's national broadcaster responsible for the country's 2010 Eurovision Song Contest entry will not host Eurosong next year. The broadcaster alternates with RTBF has organised the Eurosong national final to select it's representative five times over the last ten years. E�©n will discuss with various representatives within the Flemish music industry about the best way to select the Belgian candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo.

Eurosong in its current format exists since 1999. The program held every two years was very popular at the beginning and the winners and finalists of the competition scored high in the national charts but has delivered poor results at the Eurovision Song Contest. Eén is convinced that there is no magic formula for choosing a candidate for the contest, but wants to try a different formula.

Eén recently decided not to continue with Eurosong in its current format with 20 to 28 candidates and various rounds. Instead, Eén is in contact with various representatives of the Flemish music industry to find new selection formats. These differ greatly and are situated between two extremes: one TV show with several artists and songs to an internal selection of the candidate and the song.

All options for the Belgian selections for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 are currently being discussed and examined. It is in this context that the 'note' quoted in the press today (a note with seven criteria for the Belgian song for Oslo) must be seen. Once a decision is taken, it will be communicated by Eén.

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