Thor! wins first Belgian semi

by Richard West-Soley 160 views

8-year-old Thor! has won the first Belgian Eurosong for Kids 2006 semifinal with the song Een tocht door het donker, and is the first act to be secured a place in the Belgian final at the Grenslandhallen in Hasselt on 1st October.

Thor, who is not only the youngest semifinalist, but also the smallest at just 1m 31cm tall, gained 70 points thanks largely to Eén viewers whose votes counted for double those of the jury on Saturday. [email protected] won second place only three points behind after a closely-fought round of voting. The full round-up is as follows:

1. 70 points . Thor! – Een tocht door het donker
2. 67 points . [email protected]Ik doe wat ik wil
3. 60 points . Attic – Ik doe alle dingen
4. 52 points . Kristel – Zal je ooit
5. 51 points . Suzanne – Zeg het mij

Thor! becomes the first contestant secure of a position in the final of October 1st, along with the winner of next week's second semifinal. After that, the three next best scoring competitors will be awarded the final places.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a gold disc to the young artists for presales figures of more than 15,000 copies of the Eurosong for Kids 2006 compilation album.

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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