Belgium: More information on Eurosong participants

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In association with partner site we will be bringing you more information on the participants of Eurosong 2008. This selection sees the return of Dana and Daisy Nieddu, participants in the first ever Eurosong for kids in 2003, a mixture of Irish and Swedish folk performed by Katy Satyn and the return of Sergio (Belgium 2002) and Yves Barbieux from Urban Trad as songwriters.

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Dana and Daisy NiedduShut down the heatmachine
Twin sisters Dana and Daisy Nieddu took part in the first edition of Eurosong for Kids in 2003 with Plezier Voor Twee. Now they are back in Eurosong with a song- message to stop the global warming, written by Marc Paelinck, who also wrote the Eurovision Song Contest entries Sister and 1 Life, performed by Sergio and Xandee in 2002 and 2004 respectively. For the production of the song, Marc Paelinck got a helping hand from Michael Garvin, a top producer who wrote for Steps and Cher and scored a world hit with his song Waiting for tonight, performed by Jennifer Lopez.

Katy SatynMagical sensation
"The song is a mix of Irish and Swedish folk music, a little bit of opera and dance beats," says Stina Engelbrecht, singer and songwriter of Sarek, who teamed up with her husband Jens Engelbrecht, Sarek's flute player Göran Månsson and Anders Lennartsson to write a song for the Belgian Eurovision Song Contest selections. "I guess it's a pretty unusual combination, but we think the result is very energetic and grandiose and… as we've been told, the song also has a very catchy chorus." Sarek participated in Melodifestivalen twice.

Katy Satyn, the 26 year-old Flemish singer is mostly known for her third place in Star Academy in 2005. "When we tried Katy's voice on the demo, we immediately felt that her dramatic and passionate vocals were perfect for the song," Stina says. "We were very, very thrilled to hear that the jury selected our song for Eurosong 2008. Belgian people seem to be very open for folk music, also when used in modern pop music, which we are very happy about!"

Entries by Eurostars
Among the selected songwriters for Eurosong 2008, we can find some more remarkable names. Sergio, who represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002, and Yves Barbieux from Urban Trad, who finished second in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, both wrote a song for Eurosong 2008. Together with Vincent Pierins and Patrick Hamilton, Sergio (Sergio Quisquater) wrote the song Your Guiding Star. In Eurosong 2008 the song will be performed by E.F.R. (Escape From Reality), the new project of Idols runner-up Wouter de Clerck.

Also Yves Barbieux, the leader of Urban Trad, wrote a song for Eurosong 2008. Television host Geena Lisa, who co-wrote the song Wheel Of Time, will perform the song in the Belgian national selections. "It is a positve song that will wake up everybody," Geena Lisa says about her entry

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.