RTBF, the French speaking Belgian national broadcaster has confirmed to Esctoday.com that Belgium will participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Austria next year.
Thus Belgium becomes the 12th country to confirm its participation at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest scheduled to be held in Austria next year. Hence Belgium joins Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Estonia in the list of the countries that have confirmed their participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
RTBF is yet to decide the method and mechanism to select their 2015 Eurovision representative and entry has not been decided yet. More details regarding the 2015 Belgian Eurovision project will be revealed in the coming months.
RTBF and VRT are the 2 Belgian national broadcasters that compete at the Eurovision Song Contest, thus participating alternately every other year. In 2014 VRT opted for a national selection Eurosong 2014– in order to select its 2014 Eurovision entry and act. Axel Hirsoux won the 2014 Belgian Eurovision national final with his entry Mother and flew the Belgian flag in Copenhagen. Despite a great peformance he failed to qualify to the grand final.
In 2013 RTBF selected its 2013 Eurovision act Roberto Bellarosa via an internal selection. He represented Belgium at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo with his entry Love kills achieving a 12th placing in grand final.
Belgium debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, thus being one of the founding members of Europe’s favourite television show. Belgium has won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 with Sandra Kim’s J’aime La Vie. In 1987 Belgium successfully hosted the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest in Brussels.
The country has participated in the contest every year since its debut only missing out due to relegation in 1994, 1997 and 2001.