Belgian fans vote: Anita Lixel!

by Richard West-Soley 186 views

Visitors to have voted Anita Lixel as their favourite candidate to fly the flag for Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki next year.

Australian-born Anita beat acts Maria del Rio, Jess, Silvano and Yel to be the fans' favourite fantasy candidate for Helsinki. Speaking to, the flamboyant artist dubbed 'Belgium's Kylie' reacted enthusiastically "I think it's pretty cool that I won. I thought Lordi this year were pretty rocking!" But is a participation in Belgium's Eurosong on the cards? "I haven't really thought about it", continues Anita. "It could be pretty fun!"

Australians at Eurovision
If Anita made it to Helsinki, she would be following in the footsteps of fellow antipodeans Olivia Newton-John, Gina G, and more recently Jane Comerford (of Germany's Texas Lightning), who all stepped forward for countries other than their own at the Eurovision Song Contest. Until the EBU gives a green light to Australian participation – a issue which was very seriously and hotly debated in the 1990s – adopting another country at the contest offers an attractive platform for Aussie singers to reach a European audience.

Fans keen to see the singer in action can watch Anita performing on 15th July at the Dour festival in Belgium, and will also have a live set at Brussels les Bains on Friday 28th July.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site