Tonight: Belgium selects for Bucharest

by Richard West-Soley 50 views

Tonight, after two semifinals, Belgian's selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 culminates in the grand final, after which it will be known who will represent the country in Bucharest.

Thor!, the contest's most junior candidate at eight years old, and the band Fireflies, seem to be the big favourites for victory tonight. That is maybe not surprising, since both acts were the winners of their respective semifinals. But there is still all left to play for in the final, as five candidates go for their chance to represent Belgium.

The running order is as follows:

  1. AtticIk doe alle dingen (I do everything)
  2. NicolasIk wil je nooit meer kwijt (I don't want to lose you again)
  3. Thor!Een tocht door het donker (A trip through the dark)
  4. The FirefliesWaarom (Why)
  5. [email protected]Ik doe wat ik wil (I do what I like)

Five juries will decide who takes the eventual prize:

  1. Professional jury (Els de Schepper (Eurosong 2006), Ronnie Mousse and Heidi Lenaerts)
  2. The Eurokids Jury
  3. The Radio Donna Jury
  4. The Radio 2 Jury
  5. Televoters (worth double votes)

Each jury will award the points 8, 9, 10, 11 and finally 12 to their favourite song. The votes of the televote will be double, giving them a maximum of 24, which may be enough to swing the vote around and make for a very exciting finish!

Eurovision connection
The band Attic can already boast a Eurovision history connection; its lead singer is the son of Ignace Baert, who wrote Baby, baby for Nicole and Hugo, who sang the song – now a Eurovision kitsch classic – to last place at the contest of 1973.

Although the show is not being webcast, you can tune in to Eén tonight at 19:55 CET to join in the fun at the Eurosong for Kids 2006!

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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