Belgium is supporting South-East Asia today. Both in Flanders and Wallonia public and commercial broadcasters join hands to collect money for the victims of the tsunami by organising a televised charity show. Former Belgian Eurovision Song Contest participants and last year's Eurokids fully support the action.
In Flanders, several former Eurovision Song Contest representatives and Eurosong participants contributed to the single Geef een teken (Give a sign) which has been released today. The single to be sold for the victims of the tsunami already reached the platinum status after more than 30.000 copies of it have already been ordered.
Among the artists singing Geef een teken, a song written by Stef Bos (composer and backing vocalist of Ingeborg's 1989 Eurovision entry Door de wind), are Ingeborg (1989), Barbara Dex (1993), Xandee (2004) and Clouseau (1991). The video clip of the song can be watched here.
Xandee, last year's Belgian singer in Istanbul said it's wonderful to see there is so much solidarity. “When they asked me if I wanted to contribute to the single 'Geef een teken' I immediately said yes. We cannot imagine how it feels like to lose your house, your family, your friends,… that must feel so terrible. I saw the images on TV and that deeply impressed me. I am happy that we artists can now do something all together for the victims overthere.”
Sergio, who represented Belgium in 2002 with the song Sister, accepted the challenge to try to collect a minimum of � 15.000 together with former Miss Belgium Dina Tersago. The result of their effort willl be announced tonight during the charity show Tsunami 12-12, broadcast on TV1, VTM, BVN and on www.tsunami1212.tv as of 20.30 CET.
Also the French speaking community in Belgium will be raising money tonight, during a show organised by RTBF and RTL as of 20.15 CET. Especially for this occasion the Eurokids, the participants at last year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest selections, will sing L'envie d'aimer together with Nancy Sinatra and the choir la Maîtrise du Choeur de la Monnaie. The song will later on appear on a compilation album to be sold for charity.