Under the impression that Portuguese broadcaster RTP has internally made a decision, Belgium is the last country to select its entry for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. In a show dwelling on the 50th anniversary of the contest, the televoting audience will decide whether Nuno Resende or Tiffany Ciely will represent Belgium in Kiev.
Two songs in the running:
1. Nuno Resende – Le grand soir
Written by Alec Mansion and Frédéric Zeitoun
2. Tiffany Ciely – Lost paradise
Written by Tiffany Baworowski
By SMS and televoting the viewers of La Une, the first channel of Belgium's French speaking community broadcaster RTBF, will be decide who'll represent Belgium at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. Tomorrow EMI Belgium will be releasing both national final entries on single.
Nuno Guilherme de Figueiredo Resende was born on 25th June 1973 in Porto (Portugal) and moved with his family to Belgium when he was twelve. Nowadays he is living in Brussels. Nuno Resende perfectly speaks French, Portuguese and English and has good notions of Spanish and Italian.
In 1997 Nuno participated in the song contest Pour la gloire, which was won by Mélanie Cohl (Belgium 1998 – Dis oui). In 2000 he finished 6th in RTBF's Eurovision Song Contest selections as leadsinger of the group La Teuf, performing the song Soldat d'amour. Recently Nuno Resende has been focussing on a career as musical artist, starring in Romeo and Juliette and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.
In tonight's final, Nuno Resende will be singing the song Le grand soir (The big night). The song has been composed by Alec Mansion and Frédéric Zeitoun. Alec Mansion earlier composed the Luxembourgian entry Amour amour, performed by the Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand in 1987.
Tiffany Ciely was born as Tiffany Baworowski on 10th May 1987 in Brussels. Tiffany speaks French, English, Dutch, German and notions of Polish. Since the age of ten Tiffany has been playing in theatre plays, musicals, movies and commercials. At the age of twelve she started writing songs in French and English and composed her first song.
In 2003 Tiffany Ciely started a co-operation with François Leboutte, her manager. Last year she recorded three songs entitled Ton ombre qui court, I die and Lost paradise. For the latter she wrote French lyrics (Paradis perdu) in order to be able to submit it to RTBF's Eurovision Song Contest selections. In tonight's final she will perform a bilingual version of Lost paradise in French and English.
Celebration of 50 years Eurovision Song Contest
Jean-Louis Lahaye and Jean-Pierre Hautier, the hosts of tonight's national final, will be welcoming several guests who have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest before. The former Belgian representatives Fud Leclerc (1956, 1958, 1960 and 1962), Robert Cogoi (1964), Jean Vallée (1970 and 1978), Sandra Kim (1986) and Mélanie Cohl (1998) will be making their appearance.
The Belgian national final takes place tonight at 20:45 CET and will be broadcast live on La Une, RTBF Sat and radio channel Vivacité. A live stream of the final will only be available in audio.