360 songs have been submitted for Eurosong 2004, the Belgian national final, organised by Flemish broadcaster VRT. 28 of them have been selected to compete in 4 rounds for a ticket to the final on 15th February. The winner of the final will represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul. Belgium participates in the Eurovision final on 15th May.
The list is a mixture of new talent and famous Flemish singers. The most remarkable are two former Eurovision Song Contest participants who both offered Belgium a last place: Nicole and Hugo with Baby, baby in 1973 and Barbara Dex with Iemand als jij in 1993.
With Natalia (Idols runner-up) and Spring, Eurosong 2004 will be featuring two recent number ones of the Flemish single charts. Other participants to look forward to are: Xandee, partner of Sergio (2002) in Touch of Joy, Kurt, brother of famous Flemish singer Helmut Lotti and Biba Binoche, a Big Brother and Playboy star.
Yanah – Yes or no
Chris D. Morton – Every dead soldier
De Egels – Maria Maria Maria
Katia Berlingieri – Don't be scared
Xandee – 1 Life
G-Jay – Jij
Nicole & Hugo – Love is all around
Quatro – Never say goodbye
Kurt – My heart
Sofie Van Moll – Kerosene
Raf Van Brussel – Chemistry
CLIC – Vieze ouwe venten
Biba Binoche – Je chante pour toi
Elsie Moraïs – Amorè loco
Astrid – Don't you stop the music
Raffaele – Freakin' destiny
The acrolls – The happy song
Roxane – Television game
Garry Hagger – I will choose you
Marjolein – Say love
Spring – Jan zonder vrees
Eva – Angels
Sodapop – Time to party
Amaryllis Temmerman – God in alle eenvoud
Peter Elkins – Cry love
Natalia – Higher than the sun
X-Elementz – Innocent
Barbara Dex & Alides Hidding – One life
The list with participants already accidentally appeared on the website of VRT yesterday afternoon. The Eurovision Song Contest websites decided together not to publish the list and respect VRT's deadline. During a press conference today more information about the participants will be given.