Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 15 September 2021
Song: TBA
Selected entrantJérémie Makiese
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Belgium is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, and has internally selected Jérémie Makiese as its representative. Another internal selection for the entry is due to take place.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Belgium has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest.[1] Since then, the country has won the contest on one occasion in 1986 with the song "J'aime la vie" performed by Sandra Kim. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Belgium has been featured in only seven finals. In 2021, Hooverphonic represented Belgium with the song "The Wrong Place". The song qualified to the grand final, where it ended 19th out of 26.

The Belgian broadcaster for the 2022 contest, who broadcast the event in Belgium and organise the selection process for its entry, is Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF). RTBF, along with its Flemish counterpart Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), have alternated in selecting the Belgian entry using national finals and internal selections in the past.

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

RTBF announced on 15 September 2021 that they had internally selected Jérémie Makiese to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022; the first broadcaster to do so for the 2022 edition.[2] His entry for the contest has not yet been announced.

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is scheduled to take place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy, and will consist of two semi-finals held on the respective dates of 10 and 12 May, and the grand final on 14 May 2022.[3] According to the Eurovision rules, all participating countries, except the host nation and the "Big Five", consisting of France, Germany, Italy (also the host nation for 2022), Spain and the United Kingdom, are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals to compete for the final; the top 10 countries from each semi-final progress to the final.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Belgium Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Belgium reveals the first artist for Eurovision 2022". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Turin, Italy, to host the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 🇮🇹". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 8 October 2021. Archived from the original on 9 October 2021. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Rules–Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovision.tv. EBU. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
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