Belgian selection for 2011 starts on 1st October

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In 2011, it will be the Walloon broadcaster's turn to select the Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. RTBF has announced that the selection will kick off on 1st Ocotber via internet. Original plans to launch the selection in May already had been stopped by the EBU.

On 1st October, RTBF and Akamusic will launch a website, where music artists can upload their songs. All entries have to be written in English or French by Belgian songwriters. Until 31st December, page visitors can give financial support in order to make the professional production of their respective favourite song possible. All songs that gahered at least 20,000 € will qualify for the second stage of the national selection, where the eventual winner will be chosen by a jury and members of the public. All people who donated money to songs other than the winning one will be reimbursed.

The last successful entry submitted by the RTBF was Sanomi by Urban Trad in 2003, finishing second. In 2005, 2007 and 2009 their entries were eliminated in the semi finals. Last year, Tom Dice was chosen internally by Flemish broadcaster VRT and he won the first semi final and finished sixth in the final with Me and my guitar.