Belgium announces in February

by Richard West-Soley 90 views

Belgian fans can expect details of their national song for Helsinki to be released around February 2007, according to the Belgian Head of Delegation for French language broadcaster RTBF. However, as already suggested, it has been confirmed that there will be no national final, and the song will instead be selected internally some time in January.

Head of Delegation, Leslie Cable, also laid to rest rumours that French-speaking Belgian officials would only be considering a group for Helsinki. She confirmed 'also a male or female singer is possible', stressing also that Belgian artists will most certainly be preferred above foreign hopefuls with an eye on representing the country. Already, judges have been sifting through material including entries from Poland and Sweden, although a suitable song has not been found yet.

Due to Kate Ryan's shock non-qualification at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Belgium finds itself in the semifinal once again in 2007, facing what could be the largest number of countries yet in the qualifier stage of the contest.

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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