Belgium sends Thor! to Bucharest

by Richard West-Soley 145 views

Eight-year-old Thor! has won the ticket to Bucharest to represent Belgium at the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bucharest. An expert panel and four juries votes to send Thor!, the youngest competitor in this year's contest, to Romania with his song Een tocht door het donker (A trip through the darkness). You can see his live performance at the semifinal by clicking Play below.

The young performers presented their entries first of all, after which the expert jury had their say. They spoke with one voice, summed up by Els de Scheper's praise for the young winner-to-be: "Thor just has to go to Bucharest". Unsurprisingly then, the jury's douze points went to the eight-year-old star, with the Fireflies in a respected second place for the experts.

But all was still to play for in the jury vote, expecially with the home televoters carrying double the voting power of each of the other inidividual juries. Thor! had obviously won the hearts of viewers at home too, as he stormed home to a clear victory. The full results were as follows:

  1. Thor!Een tocht door het donker (A trip through the darkness) – 71 points
  2. The Fireflies – Waarom? (Why?) – 59 points
  3. [email protected] – Ik doe wat ik wil (I do what I like) – 57 points
  4. Attic – Ik doe alle dingen (I do everything) – 57 points
  5. Nicolas – Ik wil je nooit (I still want you) – 56 points

Thor! was the favourite with all juries except the Radio Donna jury, with whom he was placed second behind Nicolas.

Belgium has participated in all the Junior Eurovision Song Contests since the show began in 2003, achieving a high of 6th place in its first year with the band X!NK. Also, the 2005 edition of the contest was held in Hasselt, Belgium.

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Richard West-Soley

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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