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Belgium
Belgium

Capital city Brussels
Population 10,585,000
Area 30,528 km²
Internet TLD be
Member station VRT,RTBF
National selection events Eurosong
Appearances
Appearances 54
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1986
Worst result Last: 1961,1962,1965,19731979,1985,1993,2000

History

Belgium is a founding member of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, the country has participated 54 times, only being absent three times in total: in 1994, 1997 and 2001, due to low scores in the previous contests that relegated Belgium from the contest.Belgium has two national broadcasters of the contest, Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Waloon broadcaster Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF). The two broadcasters rotate selection for the Eurovision Song Contest each year.While VRT normally hosts a national final, Eurosong, when selecting their entries for Eurovision, it has been normal for RTBF to hold an internal selection process (although it has been known for RTBF to hold a national final at times, for example in 1998, 2005 and 2011, while VRT internally chose Tom Dice for the 2010 edition). Belgium has won the contest once, in 1986 when Sandra Kim won with her song “J’aime la vie” in Bergen, Norway. Although she claimed she was 15 years old, she was actually only 13 and too young, but was allowed to keep her victory. Currently the minimum age for participation is 16 and thus Sandra Kim will remain the youngest winner unless the age limit is lowered. Belgium’s next best placing has been second which it has achieved twice at the 1978 and 2003 contests. However, it has been last eight times. Due to the good results & the Flemish population’s choice, the VRT cancelled ‘Eurosong’ selection procedure and chose internally for 2012. For the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, they choose 17-year old singer Iris but decided to let the public choose what song she will sing to represent Belgium. However, she didn’t qualify to the finishing 17th of 18 entrants in the first semi-final, scoring just 16 points which was the second lowest total of all the 36 semi-final entrants.

1956 

Belgium was one of seven countries to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 1956, the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held. Belgian broadcaster INR selected two entries to represent Belgium: Fud Leclerc with “Messieurs les noyés de la Seine” and Mony Marc with “Le plus beau jour de ma vie”, both sung in French. Neither song won the Contest, held in Lugano, Switzerland.

lyrics (song1)
The drowned men of the river Seine
Open the water gates for me
I’m tired of spending my weeks
On the black paving of Puteaux

The drowned men of the river Seine
Open the water gates for me
I’ve been travelling so long under its woollen sky
So the wind has burnt my skin

I’m married in misery forever
I’ve never known better than love on a stone bed
The sun for the rich, the moon for the clochards
Why playing the game, when everyone cheats?

The drowned men of the river Seine
Open the water gates for me
I’m tired of only having for heaven
The rusty bridges of Puteaux

The drowned men of the river Seine
I’ve been watching the boats for a long time
That from Aubervilliers to Gourg-la-Reine
I’m carrying Paris on my back

The girl I loved, never loved me
The friends I had, have all left me
I’m travelling around the world to find springtime
But since the world is round, it might take a long time

The drowned men of the river Seine
Open the water gates for me
I’m tired of watching the ridiculous course
Of children who are unfaithful to Puteaux

The drowned men of the river Seine
Paris owes me a cradle
I’ll fall asleep without love and hate
Between his arms of sand and water
lyrics (song2)
The bells are ringing
They’re all chiming
The most beautiful day of my life
Today I’m getting married
Ding dong, ding dong

If mother cries
The time has come
And father offers his arm
We leave with little steps
Ding dong, ding dong

The little children follow me gravely
Carrying my dress under my white veil
Here is my Charming Prince, he smiles tenderly
I’m approaching him with pounding heart

A short minute as in a dream
We’re both full of love
We’ll always be united
Ding dong, ding dong

What a moving moment
I’m completely absent-minded
Lay your hand on my hand
I simply said ‘yes, I do’

A subdued organ, everything is clearing up
The portal is wide open
We’re leaving under a bright sky
Ding dong, ding dong

The people admire us and I hear them saying
“Look, she’s beautiful”
“They match together”
Ding dong, ding dong

Luck accepts me with open arms
Your eyes caress my fine golden ring
The space of a moment, I remake the oath
Of living to love you faithfully

The bells are ringing
They’re all chiming
I’ll never forget
The most beautiful day of my life
Ding dong, ding dong
1957

Belgium was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 by Bobbejaan Schoepen with the song “Straatdeuntje”, written by Harry Frekin and Eric Franssen and performed in Dutch. The song was chosen during a national final with Schoepen performing all entries. At the Eurovision Song Contest in Frankfurt, the Belgian entry was the first of the night preceding Luxembourg with “Amours mortes (tant de peine)”. Reflecting the song title, the stage was showing the picture of a street in the background. Schoepen delivered, as usual in these days, a simple performance which was remarkable because of the large whistling part in his song. At the close of voting, Belgium had received five points in total; the country finished shared eight among the ten participants. The Belgian jury gave half of its points, five, to the winning country, the Netherlands

lyrics
Along the streets, a tune is dancing
And for a moment I stand still
Where is that pretty tune
All of a sudden coming from?

It’s playing in the trees
Frolicking in the wind
It can’t be bridled
It’s soon becoming my friend

Along the streets, a tune is floating
It’s as if a sunbeam
Is penetrating with that pretty tune
Into the little portal

Tralalalalalalalalalalalalala
Tralalalalalalalalalalalalala

Along the streets, a tune is dancing
It’s heard by young and old
Oh, how such a simple tune
Can be soon indispensable

It knocks on the window
Asks: let me in
I can easily whistle it
It makes me good-humoured

Along the streets, a tune is floating
It follows me everywhere
And I hope that this pretty tune
Will always remain my friend

Tralalalalalalalalalalalalala
Tralalalalalalalalalalalalala
 1958

Belgium entered Fud Leclerc who sang “Ma petite chatte” singing 7th in the startfield. Fud Leclerc finished 6th with 8 points. Leclerc had previously represented Belgium in the 1956 Eurovision Song Contest where he sang “Messieurs les noyés de la Seine”.

lyrics
It was a melancholy day
It might happen to you tomorrow
I was walking the streets by accident
Aimlessly and thinking about nothing

When I perceived her, she came to me
It’s unbelievable, but it’s true
She had all the trump cards in her game
And the skills up to her fingertips

Arguments, as much as you want
Put me up to anything
She looked a bit strange
She looked bad

She smiled at me, being sure of its effect
I didn’t believe there could be
Toys on the ground just like that
It was a dream to see that little sweetie there

Not very higher than that, with crupled eyes
As they say it in songs
And all you have to do to pleasure boys

And it was a love story
A history that ends well
And just like that, it creates good days
I joined her on a beautiful morning

And the evening came, I didn’t dare to think
It’s unbelievable, but know
She had all the trump cards in her game
And the skills up to her fingertips

It doesn’t take a long time to say it
She put me up to anything
She looked a bit strange
She looked bad

She smiled at me, being sure of its effect
I didn’t believe there could be
Toys on the ground just like that
It was a dream to see that little sweetie there

Curled in my arms with crupled eyes
As they say it in songs
And all you have to do to pleasure boys
And all you can do, loses the reason

And all you can’t say in songs
1959

Belgium was represented by Bob Benny, with the song ‘”Hou toch van mij”, at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. The song was chosen at the Belgian national final on 15 February. Benny would represent Belgium again in the 1961 contest. On the night of the final Benny performed last in the running order, following the United Kingdom. Voting was by 10-member national juries with each member awarding 1 point to his/her favourite song. At the close of the voting “Hou toch van mij” had received 9 points (3 from Germany, 2 from Denmark and the United Kingdom and 1 from Monaco and the Netherlands), placing Belgium joint 6th (with Italy) of the 11 entries.

lyrics
Do love me
As much as the flower
Loves sunshine
Tenderly, because the sun
Opens its petals

Do love me
As much as the star
Loves darkness
Eternally, because darkness
Makes it shine

Darling, do love me
As much as the flame
Clings to the wood
Intense, so the fire
Would blaze fiercer

Offer me whole your heart
In love and faithfulness
Do love me
As much as I love you

Do love me
As much as the star
Loves darkness
Eternally, because darkness
Makes it shine

Darling, do love me
As much as the flame
Clings to the wood
Intense, so the fire
Would blaze fiercer

Offer me whole your heart
In love and faithfulness
Do love me
As much as I love you
1960

Belgium was represented by Fud Leclerc, with the song ‘”Mon amour pour toi”, at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 19 March in London. The song was chosen in the Belgian national final on 24 January. This was the third of Leclerc’s four appearances for Belgium at Eurovision.The final took place at the INR studios in Brussels, and was hosted by Georges Désir & Arlette Vincent. Five songs participated and the winner was chosen by an “expert” jury. Among the other participants was Solange Berry, who had represented Luxembourg in the 1958 contest. On the night of the final Leclerc performed 5th in the running order, following Denmark and preceding Norway. At the close of the voting “Mon amour pour toi” had received 9 points (4 from Sweden, 3 from Italy and 1 from Austria and Germany), placing Belgium 6th of the 13 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its highest mark (3) to contest winners France.

lyrics
My love for you, it’s like the sea
When nobody has walked on the sand yet
My love for you, it’s like winter
When the star found its cattle shed

I share with you the paving stones of the road
A clear paddle, ice water and bread
My love for you, it’s like the sea
The blue sky of winter
A tender paddle and clear water

A little wind is spinning
Around an old bell-tower of a church
Four boats on the gray sea
A small ball painted in neon

And under my tiny room
Sounds the broken echo of a fanfare
So a song is dancing
On my nocturnal intoxications

My love for you, it’s like the sea
When nobody has walked on the sand yet
My love for you, it’s like the winter
When the star found its cattle shed

I share with you the paving stones of the road
A clear paddle, ice water and bread
My love for you, it’s like the sea
The blue sky of winter
A tender paddle and clear water

My love, my love for you
1961

Belgium was represented by Bob Benny, with the song ‘”September, gouden roos”, at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Cannes, France. The song was chosen in the national final on 29 January. Benny had previously represented Belgium in the 1959 contest. Future Belgian entrant Jacques Raymond (1963 & 1971) finished runner-up in the final. On the night of the final Benny performed 11th in the running order, following Switzerland and preceding Norway. At the close of the voting “September, gouden roos” had received only 1 point (from Luxembourg), placing Belgium joint last (with Austria) of the 16 competing entries. The Belgian jury awarded its highest mark (5) to Norway.

lyrics
A golden rose, September
A last kiss of the sun
A blackbird whistles full of nostalgia
The refrain of a season

Still the summer will sing
A deeply moving song
That will softly fade away
Only sadness will remain for us

The days are slowing down
And are sliding over
The summer is getting tired
Oh, so tired

Now we have to part
Our heart is getting quiet and fragile
When we see it blooming again
September, golden rose

As soon as the first leaves are falling in the woods
A red ivy shackles to a window
When evening mists hang in the valleys
Then I know that summer is over

But before it leaves
He will linger for a moment
As if it wants to pay the farewell with…

A golden rose, September
A last kiss of the sun
A blackbird sings full of nostalgia
The refrain of a season

Still the summer will sing
A deeply moving song
That will softly fade away
Only sadness will remain for us

The days are slowing down
And are sliding over
The summer is getting tired
Oh, so tired

Now we have to part
Our heart is getting quiet and fragile
When we see it blooming again
September, golden rose

September, golden rose
1962

Belgium was represented by Fud Leclerc, with the song ‘”Ton nom”, at the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Luxembourg City. The song was chosen in the Belgian national final on 19 February. This was Leclerc’s fourth time at Eurovision, and he still shares the record (with Lys Assia, Elisabeth Andreassen and Peter, Sue & Marc) for the most Eurovision appearances as a main performer. “Ton nom” has also gone down in history as the first Eurovision performance ever to score the infamous nul-points. On the night of the final Leclerc performed second in the running order, following Finland and preceding Spain. Voting was by each national jury awarding 3, 2 and 1 points to their top three songs, and at the close of the voting “Ton nom” had failed to register any points, placing Belgium joint last with three other zero points entries from Austria, the Netherlands and Spain. This was the second consecutive year in which Belgium finished the evening at the foot of the scoreboard. The Belgian jury awarded its 3 points to Luxembourg.

lyrics
Your name is playing with my name
Trying to get it and to erase yours

Your joy is singing with my joy
So they would fuse together

Your heart is playing with my heart
With a lot of luck, of passionate luck

And then your hand is holding mine
And it’s guiding me through the shadow to the sun

We don’t need
No complicated romances
No lovers of the cinema

We don’t need
What we do at the pictures
Luck is as I see it

Your name is playing with my name
Trying to get it and to erase yours

Your joy is singing with my joy
So they would fuse together

Your heart is playing with my heart
With a lot of luck, of passionate luck

And then your hand is holding mine
And it’s guiding me through the shadow to the sun

To the sun

1963

Belgium was represented by Jacques Raymond, with the song ‘”Waarom?”, at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 March in London. The song was chosen in the national final on 16 February. Raymond had previously finished second in the Belgian final in 1961, and would later represent the country in a duet with Lily Castel in 1971.The venue and host of the national final are currently unknown. Six songs qualified for the final having survived a series of qualifying rounds, the details of which are also unknown. The winner was chosen by an “expert” jury and a public jury, although how points were allocated is also unclear. Among the other participants was future Belgian representative Lize Marke (1965) On the night of the final Raymond performed 14th in the running order, following Sweden and preceding Monaco. Voting was by each national jury awarding 5-4-3-2-1 to their top 5 songs, and at the close of the voting “Waarom?” had received 4 points (all from Austria), placing Belgium 10th of the 16 competing entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 5 points to contest winners Denmark.

lyrics
Why would the red rose exist?
Are all the stars lighted every evening?
Why do the butterflies flutter cheerfully?
Does the bird’s choir sing in May?

Why can we be full of nostalgia?
Why does our heart know joy and pain?
Listen to the blackbird, singing happily:
“I love you, do you love me too?”

The language of love is often very miraculous
A word, a sign, an image, a small gesture
Only our heart understands that language

Why can we be full of nostalgia?
Why does our heart know joy and pain?
Listen to the blackbird, singing happily:
“I love you, do you love me too?”
1964

Belgium was represented by Robert Cogoi, with the self-penned song ‘”Près de ma rivière”, at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 21 March in Copenhagen. On the night of the final Cogoi performed 15th in the running order, following Switzerland and preceding Spain. Only an audio recording of Cogoi’s performance survives as it is believed that the video master of the 1964 contest was lost in a fire at the Danish TV archive in the 1970s, and no other broadcaster had recorded the entire programme. Cogoi’s performance on the night was delayed due to the invasion of the stage after the Swiss performance by a protestor (apparently under the mistaken apprehension that the Spanish song was next on stage) brandishing a “Boycott Franco and Salazar” banner. “Près de ma rivière” had received 2 points (1 each from Monaco and Portugal), placing Belgium joint 10th.

lyrics
Nearby my river, with silver reflections
Between heaven and earth, we loved each other much
In the light grass we forgot our oath
Nearby my river, with silver fishes

There, the world was so far away
There, there was nothing left
Nothing but my eyes in your eyes
Nothing, nothing but the both of us

Nearby my river, with silver reflections
Between heaven and earth, we loved each other much
The river is flowing and the time is flowing away
Sad and solitary, I’m coming now

Nearby my river, where we loved each other much
Nearby my river, where we loved each other much
1965

Belgium was represented by Lize Marke, with the song ‘”Als het weer lente is”, at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 20 March in Naples. Marke was chosen internally to be the Belgian representative, and the song was chosen in the national final on 13 February. Marke had previously finished second in the Belgian preselection in 1963. On the night of the final Marke performed 8th in the running order, following Norway and preceding Monaco. Voting was by each national jury awarding 5, 3 and 1 points to its three favourite songs. At the close of the voting “Als het weer lente is” was one of four songs (along with the entries from Finland, Germany and Spain) which had failed to register a single point. This was the third time that Belgium had found itself at the foot of the Eurovision scoreboard, and the second (and to date last) time the country had finished with the infamous nul-points.

lyrics
I’ll save the drops of dew
When it’s springtime again
I’ll buy for you just what you want
When it’s your holiday
I’ll be for ever waiting for you for ever
And in my thoughts I am with you

I’m counting the stars of April in the sky
I wanted to spend my life with you happily
I’ll save the pearls of dew for you
When it’s springtime again, for you

I’ll go and close the doors every evening
I’ll turn off the lights every evening
In summer, we’ll go and have a picnic outside
And for each bite, you’ll get a kiss

I’ll save the drops of dew
When it’s springtime again
I’ll buy for you just what you want
When it’s your holiday
I’ll be for ever waiting for you for ever
And in my thoughts I am with you

I’m counting the stars of April in the sky
I wanted to spend my life with you happily
I’ll save the pearls of dew for you
When it’s springtime again, for you
1966

Belgium was represented by Tonia, with the song ‘”Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel”, at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 March in Luxembourg City. Tonia was chosen internally to be the Belgian representative, and the song was chosen in the national final on 25 January. “Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel” had received 14 points (5 from Germany and the Netherlands, 3 from Portugal and 1 from Sweden), placing Belgium joint 4th (with Ireland) of the 18 competing entries. This was Belgium’s highest Eurovision finish to date, and would remain so until Jean Vallée’s second place in 1978. The Belgian jury awarded its 5 points to contest winners Austria.

lyrics
A bit of pepper, a bit of salt
A bit of love, a bit of honey
When this all will be mixed together
You’ll finally be able to say that it happened

He always passed me right under my nose
I didn’t exist for him
He couldn’t know that my big love
Flourished not far from him

To the local fortune-teller
I could finally tell about it
She looked at me for a long, long time
And this is what she told me

“A bit of pepper, a bit of salt
A bit of love, a bit of honey
When this all will be mixed together
You’ll finally be able to say that it happened”

I followed with no further explanation
The advice she gave me
To win the love of this beautiful boy
I wanted to try everything

I’ve bought a brandy
At one hundred and twenty-one degrees
And strongly thinking about him
I’ve added bravely

A bit of pepper, a bit of salt
A bit of love, a bit of honey
When that all was mixed together
What had to happen, happened

Tom topo tom tom tom to tom…
Tom topo tom tom tom to tom…

Upon a beautiful day he came to me
My mother invited him
I gave him my herb tea to drink
And after that, everything changed

I love him, he loves me, we love each other
As in a fairy tale
To hold a boy dear
It’s enough to give him

A bit of pepper, a bit of salt
A bit of love, a bit of honey

A bit op pepper, a bit of salt
1967

Belgium was represented by Louis Neefs, with the song ‘”Ik heb zorgen”, at the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 8 April in Vienna. “Ik heb zorgen” was chosen at the Belgian national final on 25 February. Neefs would represent Belgium again in 1969.On the night of the final Neefs performed 10th in the running order, following Germany and preceding eventual contest winners the United Kingdom. At the close of the voting “Ik heb zorgen” had received 8 points (the highest being 3 from Finland), placing Belgium 7th of the 17 participating countries. The highest marks from the Belgian jury were 3s to Ireland and the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot
Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot

She was as beautiful, beautiful as a spring song
She couldn’t be more beautiful
She was so beautiful, beautiful as one seldom sees
And there was moonlight

Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot

Her first kiss, kiss, it came just in time
Oh oh oh, what a kiss
And then I thought, let’s do this glory
One time again

Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot

Somewhere far away, far away in a pine
That nightingale was singing
And it braught to me my dearest dream
And that dream was fatal to me

Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot
Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot

Oh oh, I have worries, oh oh, I have worries
Oh oh, I have worries and that bores me a lot
1968

Belgium was represented by Claude Lombard, with the song ‘”Quand tu reviendras”, at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in London. The song was chosen at the Belgian preselection, held on 13 February. Former Belgian representative Tonia (1966) and future participant Nicole Josy (1973, as one half of Nicole & Hugo) also took part.On the night of the final Lombard performed 3rd in the running order, following the Netherlands and preceding Austria. At the close of the voting “Quand tu reviendras” had received 8 points (3 from Italy and 1 apiece from Finland, France, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom), placing Belgium joint 7th (with Monaco and Yugoslavia) of the 17 participating countries. The Belgian jury awarded 6 of its 10 points to France.

lyrics
When will you come back?
You, who has left me
You, who is so far away from me
A bird will tell me:
“Sing your bliss”

When will you come back?
Hasting you over there
Via our ancient roads
Showing colours
In the merlons of my heart

Weeks are passing by
The days are lingering
And I’m waiting for your return
Spinning the wool in my beautiful finery
Embroiding my pain in soft threads of love

When will you come back?
You, who has let me
With a lot of hope in front of me
My love is waiting for you
Nearby a fire in the grate

Watch my tenderness on your standard
But before I see you back
I’m a poor princess, my heart in black
I’m turning incessantly my spinning wheel of hope

Because you will come back
Without leaving me ever again
And my heart will be satisfied
Because I love you
Because I love you
1969

Belgium was represented by Louis Neefs, with the song ‘”Jennifer Jennings”, at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 29 March in Madrid. Neefs was chosen internally to be the Belgian representative, and the song was chosen in the national final on 22 February. Neefs had previously represented Belgium in the 1967 contest in Vienna. On the night of the final Neefs performed 10th in the running order, following Sweden and preceding Switzerland. Neefs is remembered for his quirky performance, which involved throwing his arms in the air in an apparently random manner. At the close of the voting “Jennifer Jennings” had received 10 points (3 from the United Kingdom, 2 from Norway, Spain and Switzerland and 1 from the Netherlands), placing Belgium joint 7th (with Ireland) of the 16 competing entries. The result matched Neefs’ 7th place in 1967. The Belgian jury awarded its highest mark (3) to joint contest winners Spain

lyrics
London city was dreaming silently in the sun
Dreaming about the sea in the sun around me
Where I went along the edges of the lawn
Stood the trees gloriously in the sun

And then you came, Jennifer Jennings
And danced by, as sweet as spring
You came, Jennifer Jennings
And blue eyes, smiling at me
At me, only at me

Then you took me out through the city
Along the dreams that you had, soft as silk
And ever since, my dreams are coming back every time
To all those ancient dreams about you and me

And then you come, Jennifer Jennings
As fresh and playful, as happy as love
Because you, Jennifer Jennings
You are exactly what I dreamt for me

Yes, then you come, Jennifer Jennings
And blue eyes, smiling at me
But you, Jennifer Jennings
You were dancing by, time and time again
By, always by
Each time by
Hopelessly by
1970

Belgium was represented by Jean Vallée, with the song ‘”Viens l’oublier”, at the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Amsterdam on 21 March. “Viens l’oublier” was chosen at the Belgian national final on 3 February. Future Belgian representatives Serge & Christine Ghisoland (1972) and Ann Christy (1975) also took part in the 1970 preselection. On the night of the final Vallée performed 5th in the running order, following Yugoslavia and preceding France. At the close of voting “Viens l’oublier” had received 5 points (3 from France and 1 apiece from Ireland and Luxembourg), placing Belgium joint 8th (with Italy and Monaco) of the 12 entries. The Belgian jury awarded 9 of its 10 points to contest winners Ireland, the highest ever mark given by one country to another under the 10-points-per-jury system.

lyrics
A grief has just appeared
A bit of rain for your lashes
Some tears have just been born
A bit of love that runs away

Come to forget him
That boy makes you suffer too much
Come to wipe him out
That first love was written badly

A cloud will disappear soon
A bouquet of shadows that runs away
A sun has just appeared
A bit of blue for your lashes

Come to forget him
That boy makes you suffer too much
Come to wipe him out
That first love was written badly

A star has just appeared
A bit of night for your lashes
A rose has just been born
A bit of love in the night

Come to forget him
That boy makes you suffer too much
Come to wipe him out
That first love was written badly

Come
1971

Belgium was represented by Jacques Raymond and Lily Castel, with the song ‘”Goeiemorgen, morgen”, at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in Dublin. Raymond and Castel had not taken part in the original Belgian final, which was won with Nicole & Hugo performing the song. Shortly before the Dublin final however, Nicole had fallen ill and was unable to travel, so broadcaster VRT drafted in Raymond and Castel as late replacements. Raymond had previously sung for Belgium at Eurovision in 1963. Future Belgian representatives Ann Christy (1975) and Micha Marah (1979) took part in the 1971 preselection. On the night of the final Raymond and Castel performed 10th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Italy. At the close of the voting “Goeiemorgen, morgen” had received 68 points, placing Belgium 14th of the 18 participating countries.The original version by Nicole & Hugo does however remain one of the better-remembered of Belgian Eurovision entries.

lyrics
Good morning, morning, good day
Good morning, good morning
Glad I saw you again this morning
Good morning, good morning
Good day, everybody
Thank you that I can be here again
Singing, dancing

Good morning, morning, I am glad
Good morning, good morning
Because after all, I can be here again
Good morning, good morning
Good day, sunshine
Thank you, morning, that I can be

The world is a stage on which we’re playing
For everybody a castle in the air to share
And if we don’t get very much, we don’t care
We think that the least bit is also sensational

Good morning, morning, good day
Good morning, good morning
Glad that I can experience you again
Good morning, good morning
Good day, everybody
Thank you, morning, for the welcome

The world is a stage on which we’re playing
For everybody a castle in the air to share
And if we don’t get very much, we don’t care
We think that the least bit is also sensational

The world is a stage on which we’re playing
For everybody a castle in the air to share
And if we don’t get very much, we don’t care
We think that the least bit is also sensational
1972

Belgium was represented by Serge & Christine Ghisoland, with the song ‘”À la folie ou pas du tout”, at the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Edinburgh on 25 March. “À la folie ou pas du tout” was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held at the RTBF studios in Brussels on 15 February. The Ghisolands had previously participated in the Belgian final in 1970.The 1972 national final took place on 15 February, with the Ghisolands performing all ten songs. On the night of the final the Ghisolands performed 16th in the running order, following Monaco and preceding eventual winner Luxembourg. The song seemed rather quaint and old-fashioned in comparison to many of the year’s other entries, and at the close of the voting “À la folie ou pas du tout” had received 55 points, placing Belgium 17th.

lyrics
We love passionately or not at all
Love is nothing when it doesn’t drive crazy
But whatever we say to flowers
We love each other a bit much and we believe it

When I pick a flower of the fields
(When I pick a flower of the fields)
There’s nothing to it that I defoliate it
(There’s nothing to it that I defoliate it)

A bit much, those words scared us
It’s never enough in the grey of the heart
Love is nothing when it doesn’t drive us crazy
We love passionately or not at all

We love passionately or not at all
Love is nothing when it doesn’t drive crazy
But whatever we say to flowers
We love each other a bit much and we believe it

We love passionately or not at all
Love is nothing when it doesn’t drive crazy
But whatever we say to flowers
We love each other a bit much and we believe it
1973

Belgium was represented by Nicole & Hugo, with the song ‘”Baby, Baby”, at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Luxembourg City on 7 April. “Baby, Baby” was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held at the Amerikaans Theater in Brussels on 25 February. Nicole & Hugo had won the 1971 Belgian preselection with the song “Goeiemorgen, morgen”, but days before the contest Nicole had fallen ill and was unable to travel to host city Dublin, so Jacques Raymond and Lily Castel had been drafted in as last-minute replacements. On the night of the final Nicole & Hugo performed second in the running order, following Finland and preceding Portugal. Among the backing singers was Claude Lombard, Belgium’s 1968 Eurovision entrant. At the close of the voting “Baby, Baby” had received 58 points, placing Belgium last of the 17 entries, the fourth time the country had finished at the foot of the Eurovision scoreboard. Notwithstanding the bad result however, the couple’s outrageously camp styling and performance have ensured that “Baby, Baby” has over the years gained cult status amongst Eurovision fans. Several clips from the performance were shown during Eurovision’s 50th anniversary TV gala Congratulations in 2005, culminating in a live appearance by the pair, wearing their infamous purple 1973 outfits and performing an abridged version of the song. “Baby, Baby” remains an iconic Eurovision performance, far better remembered than hundreds of songs which finished much higher up the scoreboard.

lyrics
Nananana, na-na-na-na-nana
Oh, nananana, na-na-na-na-nana
Nanananana

Baby, baby – what’s the matter now?
Just tell me – am I yours?
Tell it to me – a thousand times, too
Talk about love – in every language

Love is fragile
It’s just like china
Oh, it breaks in your hand
Before it can be finished
Let’s be together

Baby, baby, I love you
I love you, yes my love
It’s so lovely to be together
But the divorce doesn’t hurt after all

Though, I know
A woman can’t do anything alone
Oh, love only happens together with two
Let’s be together

Sometimes love is only love pain
Oh, did you think it could be different?

Baby, baby – what’s the matter now?
Just tell me, am I yours?
Tell it to me a thousand times, too
Talk about love in every language

Baby, baby, I love you
I love you, yes my love
It’s so lovely to be together
But the divorce doesn’t hurt after all

Nananana, na-na-na-na-nana
Oh, nananana, na-na-na-na-nana
Nanananana
1974

Belgium was represented by Jacques Hustin, with the song ‘”Fleur de liberté”, at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in Brighton, England. Hustin was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 14 January. On the night of the final Hustin performed 11th in the running order, following Monaco and preceding the Netherlands. The voting system tried between 1971 and 1973 was abandoned, and for 1974 returned to the previous system of ten jury members in each country awarding one vote each. At the close of the voting “Fleur de liberté” had received 10 points (5 from Greece, 3 from Luxembourg and 2 from Norway), placing Belgium 9th of the 17 competing entries.

lyrics
Come back to earth, flower of liberty
Come back to earth, our hearts are prisonners
There’s a lot to do and a lot to love
Come back to earth, flower of liberty

Is it really a child of the Good Lord
That I saw passing by this morning?
He already looked like a little old man
Who doesn’t expect anything of the next day

Was it really a man I was talking to
He looked at me without seeing me
Nevertheless nothing else seperated us
But the gratings of a counter

Come back to earth, flower of liberty
Come back to earth, our hearts are prisonners
There’s a lot to do and a lot to love
Come back to earth, flower of liberty

You were the princess of the wind
Is it here good for you to live
In this glass and cement palace
Where the trees are the enemy

You have contracted fingers of the future
Without seeing that the present is dead
The hour has come for me to leave again
This evening I will still be alone

Come back to earth, flower of liberty
Come back to earth, our hearts are prisonners
There’s a lot to do and a lot to love
Come back to earth, flower of liberty

Come back to earth, flower of liberty
Come back to the earth, our hearts are prisonners
There’s a lot to do and a lot to love
Come back to earth, flower of liberty
1975

Belgium was represented by Ann Christy, with the song ‘”Gelukkig zijn”, at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 March in Stockholm. Christy was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 1 March; she had previously taken part in the Belgian preselections of 1970, 1971 and 1973. Future Belgian representative Micha Marah (1979) also took part. On the night of the final Christy performed 11th in the running order, following Israel and preceding Malta. Under the free-language rule in operation at the time, Christy performed the first half of the song in Dutch, before switching to English. At the close of the voting “Gelukkig zijn” had received 17 points (7 from Germany, 5 from the Netherlands, 3 from Yugoslavia and 2 from Sweden), placing Belgium 15th of the 19 participating countries. It was a disappointing result for a well-performed song which had been regarded before the contest as at least a top 10 finisher. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Ireland

lyrics
The walking through streets
Just without target
The softly talking
Only in the bustle
The looking at people
That makes me happy

So that’s called being happy
A door that opens suddenly
So that’s called being happy
It makes you hope again
That makes you happy
Makes you happy, makes you happy

So that’s called being happy
The feeling of not being alone
So that’s called being happy
To be then the two of us

When moving or dreaming
When running along
I’m feeling like singing
Like singing a song
And walking beside you
I can’t go wrong

So could it be happiness
This feeling I get from you?
So could it be happiness?
I can’t get enough of you
Being so near
Dear, so near, oh so near

So could it be happiness
This feeling I get from you?
So could it be happiness?
I can’t get enough of you

So could it be happiness
This feeling I get from you?
So could it be happiness?
I can’t get enough of you
Being so near
Dear, so near, oh so near

So could it be happiness
This feeling I get from you?
So could it be happiness?
I can’t get enough…

1976

Belgium was represented by Pierre Rapsat, with the song ‘”Judy et Cie”, at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in The Hague. Rapsat was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 21 January.On the night of the final Rapsat performed 6th in the running order, following Luxembourg and preceding Ireland. At the close of the voting “Judy et Cie” had received 68 points from 11 countries (including a maximum 12 from Finland), placing Belgium 8th of the 18 competing entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Judy, Judy isn’t beautiful
Judy, Judy, the one who is forgotten
(She is forgotten)
From the moment the evening ends

Judy, Judy, you are needled
Judy, Judy, you are married
(You are married)
But always with a dream

Underneath your mascara and jewels
You pray to Saint Marylin Monroe
To be a doll, a darling toy
Burning with enthusiasm
Finally the woman

Judy, Judy escapes
Judy, Judy, in magic
(In magic)
Bottles that are so soft to believe

Judy, life is a ridiculous dream
A day, an evening changing of skin
With the girls on photo
To have a body, thin as reed
And eyes totally empty
But no wrinkles

Judy, Judy and company
Judy, Judy, she is sacrificed
(She is sacrificed)
Against a handful of snow
Poor Judy

1977

Belgium was represented by Dream Express, with the song ‘”A Million in One, Two, Three”, at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in London on 7 May.The free-language rule which had applied in Eurovision between 1973 and 1976 was abolished by the European Broadcasting Union before the 1977 contest and participants were now obliged once again to perform in an official language of their country. However as Belgium (along with Germany) had already chosen an English-language song and did not have a native-language version available, they were given dispensation to perform in English. On the night of the final Dream Express performed 17th in the running order, following Finland and preceding the eventual winner France. At the close of the voting “A Million in One, Two, Three” had received 69 votes from 11 countries (including the maximum 12 from Germany and 10 from the United Kingdom), placing Belgium 7th.Although this was Belgium’s highest placing since 1969 it was seen as something of a disappointment, as prior to the contest the song had been widely tipped as a contender for victory. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Need a million in one, two, three
Can’t you do a little work for me
Mister President, can’t you see
I’m never gonna get higher

Need a million in one, two, three
I’m not too clumsy, as you can see
I’ve got the feeling inside of me
Feel my need and desire now

I’ve got the look, but never got the money
Just a ten quid flat on the second floor
Too doo doo too too too doo…
Had a dream – holiday in Cannes
A yacht in Monte Carlo next to his
Too doo doo too too too doo…

Joining your big company
Could bring me wealth and sympathy
Think you’ve got some extra needs
Hey, hey, hey…

Need a million in one, two, three
Can’t you do a little work for me
Mister President, can’t you see
I’m never gonna get higher

Need a million in one, two, three
I’m not too clumsy, as you can see
I’ve got the feeling inside of me
Feel my need and desire now

My bedroom wall’s covered with glamour
The Lido in December would not be bad
Too doo doo too too too doo…
Ships and sails, Formula races
Super-long drinks down at the Playboy club
Too doo doo too too too doo…

Joining your big company
Could bring me wealth and sympathy
Think you’ve got some extra needs
Hey, hey, hey…

I’ve got the look, but never got the money
Just a ten-quid flat on the second floor
Too doo doo too too too doo…
Had a dream – holiday in Cannes
Yacht in Monte Carlo, next to his
Too doo doo too too too doo…

Joining your big company
Could bring me wealth and sympathy
Think you’ve got some extra needs
Hey, hey, hey…

Need a million in one, two, three
Can’t you do a little work for me
Mister President, can’t you see
I’m never gonna get higher

Need a million in one, two, three
I’m not too clumsy, as you can see
I’ve got the feeling inside of me
Feel my need and desire

Need a million in one, two, three
Can’t you do a little work for me
Mister President, can’t you see
I’m never gonna get higher

Need a million in one, two, three
 1978

Belgium was represented by Jean Vallée, with the song ‘”L’amour ça fait chanter la vie”, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 April in Paris. Vallée was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 8 February; he had previously represented Belgium in the 1970 contest in Amsterdam, where he had finished fifth. Another previous Belgian entrant Jacques Hustin (1974) also took part. On the night of the final Vallée performed 10th in the running order, following Switzerland and preceding the Netherlands. At the close of the voting “L’amour ça fait chanter la vie” had received 125 points with votes from all other participating countries apart from Denmark and Turkey, and including five first-place 12 points votes from France, Greece, Ireland, Monaco and the United Kingdom. This ranked Belgium second of the 20 competing countries, the highest position achieved by a Belgian entry in Eurovision to that date, which has since only been bettered by Sandra Kim’s 1986 victory and matched by Urban Trad in 2003. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Israel

lyrics
Love, it brings into your heart
Coloured pencils to draw the world
Love, one becomes a musician
Real little Chopins, only for a blonde

Love, it’s so fantastic
It puts happiness in music
It laughs at the whole symphony
Love, it makes life change

Love, it puts in your eyes
A fabulous look which changes your face
Love, it gives you wings
To go up in the sky, onto Seventh Heaven

Love, it’s so fantastic
It puts happiness in music
It laughs at the whole symphony
Love, it makes life change

Love, it’s a great magician
Who changes your sorrow in less than one second
Love, to cut a long story short
It gives you twenty years in all the corners of the world

Love, it’s so fantastic
It puts happiness in music
It laughs at the whole symphony
Love, it makes life change

Life
1979

Belgium was represented by Micha Marah, with the song ‘”Hey Nana”, at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Jerusalem on 31 May. On the night of the final Marah performed 12th in the running order, following France and preceding Luxembourg. At the close of the voting “Hey Nana” had received just 5 points (2 from Denmark and the United Kingdom and 1 from Germany), placing Belgium joint last (with Austria) of the 19 entries, the fifth time Belgium had found itself at the bottom of the Eurovision scoreboard. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Spain. “Hey Nana” is noted for lyrics which those who understood Dutch cited as among the most facile and childish ever heard at Eurovision. Marah herself made no secret of her dislike for the song, refusing even to record it, making it one of very few Eurovision songs never to have been released commercially in its home territory.

lyrics
Hey, won’t you come?
Won’t you stay here with me tonight?
I’ve already been waiting so long for you
Hey, do you know?
It’s time now for the big game
You now become my henpecked husband

You take me in your arms
And you carry me into our house
I’ll always be very sweet for you

Wouldn’t that be great for you and me?
Such a little house for the both of us
Where we would be very happy
And in the evening when you show up after your work

Then I’ll shout:
“Hey hey, nananana, nananana
Hey hey, nananana, nananana”
You take me in your arms
And you carry me into our house

So you see
Everything falls into place
We are now a couple together
I take care of you
The way you take care of me
And our luck will never end

You take me in your arms
And you carry me into our house
I’ll always be very sweet for you

Wouldn’t that be great for you and me?
Such a little house for the both of us
Where we would be very happy
And in the evening when you show up after your work

Then I’ll shout
“Hey hey, nananana, nananana
Hey hey, nananana, nananana”
You take me in your arms
And you carry me into our house

Hey hey, nananana, nananana
Hey hey, nananana, nananana
Hey hey, nananana, nananana
Hey hey, nananana, nananana

Na
1980

Belgium was represented by synth-pop band Telex, with the song ‘”Euro-Vision”, at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 19 April in The Hague. Telex were the winners of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 24 February. Synth-pop had never previously been tried in a Eurovision final.The final took place at the RTBF studios in Brussels, hosted by former Belgian Eurovision entrant Jean Vallée. Seven songs participated in the selection and the winner was chosen by an expert jury. It was the first time that a song of this nature had been entered for Eurovision, and the audience reaction was somewhat bewildered, as if they were unsure whether or not it was meant to be a joke entry. The reaction was largely shared by the juries, as at the close of the voting “Euro-Vision” had received only 14 points (10 from Portugal, 3 from Greece and 1 from the United Kingdom), placing Belgium 17th.

lyrics
Beautiful ladies, beautiful gentlemen
Music on the programme
Singers, get ready
May the best win

The borders are open
What should I say if tonight is a party?
The stars are nervous
They do their make up
Smoke a cigarette
Before going on stage

Eurovision, Eurovision, Eurovision
Eurovision, Eurovision, Eurovision

Old Europe cheers the country that wins
Then a tear, the spell is broken

The eyes of the whole world are waiting
Impatiently for news flashes
That are going to announce
By satellite and by shielded cables
What’s happening in their regions

Eurovision, Eurovision, Eurovision
Eurovision, Eurovision, Eurovision
Eurovision, Eurovision, Eurovision
1981

Belgium was represented by Emly Starr, with the song ‘”Samson”, at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Dublin on 4 April.Future Belgian representatives Stella Maessen (1982) and Liliane Saint-Pierre (1987) also took part in the 1981 selection.Prior to the contest, the song title was shortened to “Samson”. On the night of the final Starr performed 16th in the running order, following Portugal and preceding Greece. At the close of the voting “Samson” had received 40 points (the highest being 8 from Yugoslavia), placing Belgium 13th of the 20 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Denmark.

lyrics
Talks a lot about conquests
About disloyal love
You know what to concoct
For every beautiful woman

Oh, playboy, I’d rather forget you
Oh, no one can give you love

Samson, hundreds of stories without a Delilah
Samson, forget your wild hairs
Find yourself a Delilah
Samson

You care more about your strange friends
With whom you build castles in the air
With friends you want to find joy
Though I really love you

Oh, playboy, I want to live with you
Oh, no one can give you love

Samson, hundreds of stories without a Delilah
Samson, forget your wild hairs
Find yourself a Delilah
You share your love with so many

I’m your Delilah (if you want to)
I’m longing for you
The true Delilah (if you want to)
Your only wife

Oh, playboy, I want to live with you
Oh, no one else can give you love

Samson, hundreds of stories without a Delilah
Samson, I want your wild hairs
But go with me
Samson, I love you
Samson
1982

Belgium was represented by Dutch singer Stella Maessen (billed simply as Stella), with the song ‘”Si tu aimes ma musique”, at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Harrogate, England on 24 April.This was Stella’s third appearance at Eurovision: She had appeared twice as part of the group Hearts of Soul/Dream Express for the Netherlands in 1970 and for Belgium in 1977. As a solo singer, she had also taken part in the Belgian preselection in 1981. On the night of the final Stella performed 11th in the running order, following Austria and preceding Spain. At the close of the voting “Si tu aimes ma musique” had received 96 points, placing Belgium 4th of the 18 entries. Although the song did not receive any 12 points votes (the highest were 10 from Denmark and Spain), it achieved the distinction of being only the eighth song in Eurovision history to that date (and only the third non-winner) to receive points from every other participating country (excluding the 1971-1973 contests where each country had to award a minimum of 2 points to every song). The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Switzerland.

lyrics
It’s so nice
In the morning to get up to music
It makes you a little crazy
But the alarm clock is more euphoric

It follows you everywhere
During the whole day
And all your worries
Will clear away in smoke immediately

If you like my music
Sing it with me
If you want to dance
Nobody will stop you

Isn’t it magnificent?
Sing with a full voice
Doing this, makes
The whole world vibrate

The song
It’s one of the most fantastic
That’s also why we sing
On every geographical surface
Prosperity
Is often found in music
And the good humour
It’s like a really magical flower

If you like my music
Sing it with me
If you want to dance
Nobody will stop you

Isn’t it magnificent?
Sing with a full voice
Doing this, makes
The whole world vibrate

If you like my music
Sing it with me
If you want to dance
Nobody will stop you

Isn’t it magnificent?
Sing with a full voice
Doing this, makes
The whole world vibrate
1983

Belgium was represented by Pas de Deux, with the song ‘”Rendez-vous”, at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Munich on 30 April.On the night of the final Pas de Deux performed 19th in the running order, following Austria and preceding the eventual winner Luxembourg. At the close of the voting “Rendez-vous” had received only 13 votes (8 from Spain, 4 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Portugal), placing Belgium 18th of the 20 entries, ahead only of the nul-points Spanish and Turkish entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Yugoslavia Despite its poor performance in the contest, “Rendez-vous” has remained popular with many Eurovision fans; it frequently features prominently in fan polls of the best Belgian entries and is cited as a song that was way ahead of its time in Eurovision terms.

lyrics
Rendezvous
But that’s the limit
And I clam up

Rendezvous
But that’s the limit
And I clam up

Rendezvous
Rendezvous

Rendezvous
But that’s the limit

Rendezvous
But that’s the limit
And I clam up

Rendezvous
But that’s the limit
And I clam up

Rendezvous
Rendezvous

Rendezvous
But that’s the limit

Rendezvous
But that’s the limit
And I clam up
1984

Belgium was represented by Jacques Zegers, with the song ‘”Avanti la vie”, at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Luxembourg City. Zegers was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 2 March.French-language broadcaster RTBF was in charge of the selection of the Belgian entry for the 1984 Contest. The final was held at the RTBF studios in Brussels with ten songs participating. Voting was by a 50/50 split between an expert jury and 500 randomly chosen TV viewers. Only the top 4 placings were announced, with “Avanti la vie” being declared the winner. On the night of the final Zegers performed 8th in the running order, following Cyprus and preceding Ireland. At the close of the voting “Avanti la vie” had received 70 points from 11 countries (including maximum 12s from France and Luxembourg), placing Belgium joint fifth (with Italy) of the 19 competing entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Ireland.

lyrics
Go forward, go forward in life
Remember the history of mankind
Heart and fists, go forward
Maybe you will revive Rome

Go forward, go forward in life
Be a free bird, go
Wings and beak, go forward
But fly higher than the cats

The train of the days
Rides in your head
So much so that a bend
Is often waiting for you

Go forward, go forward in life
Don’t listen to all the laws
You would perish, go forward
All the liberties growl on you

Go forward, go forward in life
Neither servant nor king
Be a poet without executioner, go
Sing as strong as you can
Ink and words, go forward
Go forward in life
Write down the madness of your inner

The train of the time
Sometimes stops
Make the most of it
Change your mind

Go forward, go forward in life
Help yourself, heaven will help you
Stand up and walk, go forward
Someone else said it before me

Go forward, go forward in life
Remember the history of mankind
Heart and fists, go forward
Maybe you will revive Rome
1985

Belgium was represented by Linda Lepomme, with the song ‘”Laat me nu gaan”, at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 4 May. Flemish broadcaster VRT was responsible for selection of the 1985 Belgian entrant.The selection process was fraught with problems before the last-minute announcement of singer and song was made. On the night of the final Lepomme performed 8th in the running order, following Turkey and preceding Portugal. At the close of the voting “Laat me nu gaan” had received only 7 points (all from Turkey), placing Belgium last of the 19 entries, the sixth time the country had finished the evening at the bottom of the scoreboard. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Norway.

lyrics
Let me go now
Say nothing more
Let me go now
Don’t you feel
That what you say is not helping me anymore?

Please, let me go
Forget me
Do let me go
Didn’t you ever see
That no love can live without warmth?
And that I want to dream my life again
As if I had never met you?

Never again I want to be with you
You hurt me
Never again I want
Someone else to live my life

Don’t touch me
No, don’t touch me
Leave me alone
I saw the world only through your eyes
I feel betrayed, I loved you
You never understood that, never understood

Do you see now
What I always wanted to tell you?
Then you also know
How long an empty night can last
When one hopes and waits
Exhausted and tired of thinking
Do you realise now
That something in me is going to break
When I leave you?

Don’t let me go
Do look at me
Don’t let me go
Do you really let me go like this?
1986

Belgium was present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway. The Belgian national final to select their entry, Eurovision ’86, was held on 2 March at the RTBF-TV Studios in Brussels, and was hosted by Patrick Duhamel. The winning song was decided by the following formula: 50% of the final tabulation would come from 12 “music experts” and 50% would come from 500 random Belgians polled to make up a fair segment of the Belgian population. The winning entry was “J’aime la vie,” performed by Sandra Kim, composed by Jean Paul Furnémont and Angelo Crisci, with lyrics written by Rosario Marino. Sandra Kim performed thirteenth on the night of the Contest, following Ireland and preceding Germany. At the close of the voting the song had received 176 points, placing 1st in a field of 20 competing countries. It was the first win for Belgium in the Contest, something they have not been able to replicate since.

lyrics
I see people bowing their back
This way the life was a zero
I’m 15 and I tell you
Whoa whoa, I love the life
(I love the life – the life, the whole life)

You have to believe in it, I also have
Flashes of hope, of insomnia
But in total, on the bill
I love the horizon

I love, I love the life
(Even if it’s madness)
I love, I love the life
(Bravo for the challenge)
I love, I love the life
Don’t hold it against me
I was born that way

I love, I love the life
Whoa, and no matter
If it rains a bit much on me
Whoa whoa, you’re there

Compared to Jacques Brel, to Mozart
I feel so small, I’ve got the blues
I’m just a speck of dust
In this universe
(That’s the life – the life, the whole life)

But as soon as you love me, as soon as you smile
My joy goes on forever
There’s no more Brel, no more Mozart
My life begins again

I love, I love the life
(Even if it’s madness)
I love, I love the life
(Bravo for the challenge)
I love, I love the life
Don’t hold it against me
I was born that way

I love, I love the life
No matter if it rains a bit on me

I love, I love the life
(Even if it’s madness)
I love, I love the life
(Bravo for the challenge)
I love, I love the life
Don’t hold it against me
I was born that way

I love, I love the life
(Even if it’s madness)
I love, I love the life
(Bravo for the challenge)
For those days when things don’t work out
I have something to fall back on
I’m counting on you

I love, I love the life
Whoa, and no matter
If it rains a bit much on me
Whoa whoa, the life – yes, you are there
1987

Belgium was represented by Liliane Saint-Pierre, with the song ‘”Soldiers of Love”, at the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 April in Brussels, following Sandra Kim’s victory for Belgium the previous year. Saint-Pierre was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held on 14 March. On the night of the final Saint-Pierre performed 5th in the running order, following Iceland and preceding Sweden. At the close of the voting “Soldiers of Love” had received 56 points with votes from 12 countries (the highest mark being 8 from the United Kingdom), placing Belgium 11th out of 22 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Ireland.

lyrics
A new day, a new scandal
We see violence in the news
Children are thrown in the battle
For ideals, for profits

We feel guilty
But sip our wine
You’re asking yourself constantly
What we are doing

Love chases away discord
Purifies your soul, buries the fighting
Just start with your inner self
And go slowly to the outside world

Take each other’s hands
Come on, weld those bonds
Do you hear that distant scream?
Nobody asks for that suffering

Soldiers of love, fire love
No more bullets, all weapons down
Soldiers of love, fire love
The weapons down, no more war

I had a dream where I saw
The whole world with a flag
On which you could read in big
We want peace and no hatred
United we stand, together we will fall
Lay all weapons aside, no more war

Soldiers of love, fire love
No more bullets, all weapons down
Soldiers of love, fire love
The weapons down, no more war

Soldiers of love

Soldiers of love, fire love
No more bullets, all weapons down
Soldiers of love, fire love
The weapons down, no more war

Soldiers of love
1988

Belgium was represented by Reynaert, with the song ‘”Laissez briller le soleil”, at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Dublin on 30 April. Reynaert was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held in Brussels on 27 February.On the night of the final Reynaert performed 16th in the running order, following Norway and preceding Luxembourg. At the close of the voting “Laissez briller le soleil” had received 5 points (all from France), placing Belgium joint 18th (with Portugal) of the 21 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Ooh, billions of humans on earth
Search the light
To burn fierce fires

Ooh, their ideas, which are murdered
In camps, in mines
To imprison the sun

Ooh, I know that it hurts
Ooh, you see everything isn’t normal

Ooh, in the streets and in the stations
The bottom of despair
Of those who are cold in the winter

Ooh, and all those toddlers that are mutilated
For begging the useless
What do they think of the sun?

Ooh, I know that it hurts
Ooh, you see everything isn’t normal

Ooh, what will we do with the earth
When only stones are left
To be launched into the universe?

Ooh, if our fatal madness
Could finally be kept silent
Let the sun shine

The sun
Let the sun shine
(Yes, the sun)
Let the sun shine
(Yes, the sun)
Let the sun shine
1989

Belgium was represented by Ingeborg, with the song ‘”Door de wind”, at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 6 May. Ingeborg was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held in Brussels on 18 March.On the night of the final Ingeborg performed 6th in the running order, following Turkey and preceding the United Kingdom. At the close of the voting “Door de wind” had received 13 points (from Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Iceland), placing Belgium 19th out of 22 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Austria.

lyrics
Through the wind
Through the rain
Straight through…
Through everything

I see you in front of me, with my eyes closed
I can feel you, with my heart locked up
I hear you talking, but you aren’t there
You aren’t there

And I’d feel lost if I have to lose you
And I keep dreaming of you
Because I can’t miss you
I can’t miss you

Through the wind
Through the rain
Straight through everything
Through the storm
Even if it’s not going my way
Because of you, I’m never alone

I feel you by my side
When I want to forget at night on the street
What’s written in my eyes
If you only knew

And I want to get lost in a winner’s extasy
And I’d like to scream
But I can only sing
(Tup, tup, tudee, doodoo, deedoodaw)
I can only sing

Through the wind (through the wind)
Through the rain
Straight through everything
Through the storm (through the storm)
Even if it’s not going my way
Because of you, I’m never alone

Through an endless distance
Through an empty wall
Through a quiet land
Through an empty wall

Through the wind (through the wind)
Through the rain
Straight through everything
Through the storm (through the storm)
Even if it’s not going my way
Because of you, I’m never alone
Never alone, because of you, I’m never alone
1990

Belgium was represented by Philippe Lafontaine, with the song ‘”Macédomienne”, at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Zagreb on 5 May. Lafontaine was chosen internally by broadcaster RTBF to be that year’s Belgian representative.The song was dedicated to Lafontaine’s Macedonian wife, and Lafontaine refused to allow the commercial release of the track, going so far as destroying the original master tape to prevent it being copied. “Macédomienne” remains one of very few Eurovision entries which was never released commercially even in its own country. On the night of the final Lafontaine performed 3rd in the running order, following Greece and preceding Turkey. At the close of the voting “Macédomienne” had received 46 points from ten countries (the highest being 8 from France and Germany), placing Belgium 12th out of 22 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom

lyrics
When she cries, it’s the whole Adriatic
Which floods her eyes
When she sleeps, it’s not far from Ohrid
She dreams on the edge of beautiful blue lakes
I see her again, a little girl on bare feet
With rain in her hair
In her house, on the earthen floor
She has left the illusions of all her games
That she wants to keep to herself

She has the charm of the Macedonians
It’s vital that I love her, that I hold her
Whatever you may do or think
But she is more beautiful
Those who don’t believe me let them come
They will see how much I have and that she is mine
You can shout, you can cry, you can laugh
But certainly not at her

When she sleeps at the bottom of the hill
She does what she wants with my body
It’s a sunflower that is emigrated into the vines
With a heart of stone, she makes a flame of a whole fire
A gipsy cry hidden in her murmurs
She lives love with no denial
When she fights from the top of her wounds
She pretends everything
She mocks God
Too many desire her

She has the charm of the Macedonians
It’s vital that I love her, that I hold her
Whatever you may do or think
But she is more beautiful
Those who don’t believe me let them come
They will see how much I have and that she is mine
You can shout, you can cry, you can laugh
But certainly not at her
1991

Belgium was represented by the band Clouseau, with the song ‘”Geef het op”, at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Rome on 4 May. Clouseau were chosen internally by broadcaster VRT to be that year’s Belgian representatives.On 9 March, during a live broadcast called Euro-Clouseau hosted by Jessica de Caluwe from the Casino Cursaal in Ostend, Clouseau performed a number of songs, three of which (“Geef het op”, “Hilda” and “Ik kan zonder jou”) were new. The band made their own choice from the three songs and announced “Geef het op” as the song they would perform in Rome. On the night of the final Clouseau performed 18th in the running order, following Germany and preceding Spain. At the close of the voting “Geef het op” had received 23 points from seven countries (the highest being 5 from France and Italy), placing Belgium 16th out of 22 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Switzerland.

lyrics
Isn’t it true that I told you long ago
To forget him? Come back to me
Give it up, come back to me

Hahahahahahahahahahaaah whooh…

You always keep trying
He really isn’t worth it
Don’t just follow him

Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl

I give you more than anyone has ever given you
I’m always concerned about you
If you think about the times we spent together
You’d never leave me again

Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl

I’ll keep hoping
I want you close to me, day and night
I’d sell my soul
If the devil would bring you back to me

Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl

Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl

(Give it up, give it up)
I’ll keep hoping
(Give it up, girl)
I’d sell my soul

Give it up, give it up
Give it up, girl

Ah, give it up
1992

Belgium competed at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, represented by Morgane with “Nous, on veut des violons”.Morgane performed 2nd in the running order of the contest, following Spain and preceding Israel. “Nous, on veut violons” received 11 points: 1 from Luxembourg; 3 from Spain and France; and 4 from Turkey, placing 20th of 23 countries competing.

lyrics
In sweatshirt, in trousers
Crazy generation
We hide our emotions underneath
The skin of a blouse

Yes, but underneath the appearance
But behind the carefreeness
We say nothing about our injuries
My generation assures

In rap and in funky
Generation Gorby
We hide our shivers
Underneath tons of concrete

But that look of carefreeness
Is nothing but an appearance
In lands without borders
My generation hopes

We want violins
And statues of stone
Thousand years of tradition
Feelings in the air

We want violins
Birds, chimeras
And declarations
That can’t be changed
We want violins

We have no history
No past, no memory
My heart pounds
Underneath my smile for show

I post up the indifference
It’s nothing but an appearance
Underneath those coloured masks
My generation is afraid

We want violins
And statues of stone
Thousand years of tradition
Feelings in the air

We want violins
Birds, chimeras
And declarations
That can’t be changed
We want violins

We want violins
We want a whole orchestra
And afterwards emotions
And afterwards drunken nights
We want violins

We want violins
And statues of stone
Thousand years of tradition
Feelings in the air

We want violins
Birds, chimeras
And declarations
That can’t be changed

We want violins
We want violins
We want violins
1993

Belgium was represented by Barbara Dex at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, which took place in Millstreet, Ireland, performing “Iemand als jij”. Dex was the winner of the Flemish national final for the contest, Eurosong ’93.On the night of the final Dex performed 7th in the running order, following Greece and preceding Malta. Her performance became infamous due to her see-through dress, which she made herself. At the close of the voting “Iemand als jij” had received 3 points, all from Germany, placing Belgium 25th and last, relegating the country from taking part in the 1994 Contest.

lyrics
I have never loved someone this way before
All my doubts are over forever
I never had this nice feeling before
You’re everything what I mean

In your eyes I see that heavenly-blue
A warm feeling that I love
I have never loved someone this way before
Such someone like you

Wherever I am, you’ll be with me
With you, I can always find the right way
I have never loved someone this way before
Such someone like you

You’ll be in my thoughts forever
Whatever may happen to us
Know for sure that I’ll wait for you
Even in the middle of the night

You give me wings, a free feeling
Now, that’s exactly what I mean
I have never loved someone this way before
Such someone like you
Such someone like…
Someone like you
1995


Belgium was represented by Frédéric Etherlinck, with the song ‘”La voix est libre”, at the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Dublin on 13 May. Etherlinck was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held in Brussels on 12 March.On the night of the final Etherlinck performed 14th in the running order, following Hungary and preceding the United Kingdom. At the close of the voting “La voix est libre” had received 8 points (7 from Spain and 1 from Austria), placing Belgium 20th out of 23 entries. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to Spain.
lyrics

The voice is free, free of everything
Everything is possible and we don’t give a damn
Balanced on our knees
The voice of free, free of everything

The voice is free, free of everything
Everything is possible and we don’t give a damn
Take yourself as target, carry on
The voice of free, free of everything

Free to cry out your dreams
When you wake up in the morning
Imagine you have a duel with your reflection
Look yourself in the eyes and talk to who you want
You didn’t wake up for nothing, it’s fine already

The voice is free, free of everything
Everything is possible and we don’t give a damn
Balanced on our knees
The voice of free, free of everything

Free to wipe out your screen
Of those black and bloody pictures
You can change the colours that scare you
When you run down the street, they didn’t recognize you
You didn’t cry out enough, try again

The voice is free, free of everything
Everything is possible and we don’t give a damn
Balanced on our knees
The voice of free, free of everything

The voice is free, free of everything
Everything is possible and you don’t give a damn
Each person has his own written bible
The voice of free, free of everything

1996


Belgium was represented by Lisa del Bo, with the song ‘”Liefde is een kaartspel”, at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Oslo on 18 May. 40 songs took part in the Belgian preselection, which consisted of four semi-finals in February, followed by the final on 9 March. All the shows took place at the Knokke-Heist Casino with hosts Michel Follet and Alexandra Potvin.
In 1996, for the only time in Eurovision history, an audio-only pre-qualifying round of the 29 songs entered (excluding hosts Norway who were exempt) was held in March in order for the seven lowest-scoring songs to be eliminated before the final. “Liefde is een kartspel” placed 12th, thus qualifying for the final.
On the night of the final del Bo performed 16th in the running order, following the Netherlands and preceding the eventual winner Ireland. At the close of the voting “Liefde is een kaartspel” placed 16th of the 23 entries, having received 22 points. Oddly, 17 of its points came from two of the first three countries to vote: the maximum 12 from Spain and 5 from the United Kingdom. The result was not good enough to prevent Belgium from being relegated from the 1997 contest on the cumulative countback rule. The Belgian jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom.
Liefde is een kaartspel” later became embroiled in controversy when it was alleged that it had been plagiarised by Sweden’s 2001 Eurovision entry “Listen To Your Heartbeat”. This was initially denied by the writers of the Swedish song, but Belgian songwriters’ association SABAM threatened legal action, and a cash settlement was agreed to forestall this.
lyrics

Nananananana
Nanana, nanana
Nananananana
Nananananana

You had plenty of charms
Burning I knew what you did
But my skin was longing
For those wild hands
I was just upset

Even though I saw you standing with others
Even though you ran off with them
I wanted to and would get you
Run you through with my sword
Although I was playing with fire

Love is a cardgame
With jokers and pokers
Love is a match
With giving and taking
Love is a cardgame
With queens and kings
Love is a game of chance
For winners just like you

Passion won from tenderness
Fury from cosiness
Did you want to devour me
Without committing yourself?
You’ll never get rid of me again

Even though you like to go your own way
Leaving you doesn’t scare me anymore
I want to and will get you
Run you through with my sword
Although I’m still playing with fire

Love is a cardgame
With jokers and pokers
Love is a match
With giving and taking
Love is a cardgame
With queens and kings
Love is a game of chance
For winners just like you

You and I, you or I
You with that what’s-her-name
It’s enough
Don’t you play, do you play?
Play your game
You’re the king of hearts

Love is a cardgame
With jokers and pokers
Love is a sparring match
With giving and taking
Love is a cardgame
With queens and kings
Love is a game of chance
For winners just like us

1998


Melanie Cohl represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 after winning the national final selection. Her song “Dis oui” was one of ten songs presented in the national final, which was held on 13 March 1998 at the RTBF studios in Brussels accompanied by the big orchestra of RTBF. Jean-Pierre Hautier hosted the event, and the winner was selected by televoting for the first time.Melanie Cohl performed 20th in the running order on the night of the contest. “Dis oui” went on place 6th with 122 points. It was the first time Belgium finished in the Top 10 since their victory in 1986.
lyrics

Come
If you are tired of your vacuous loves
If you no longer believe in “never” or “forever”
If you want to slow down and have a little rest
If you believe that we could be happy

Come
If you can’t be there anymore to compete
I want to warm up from the light of your smile
We will fill the air with the sound of our laughter
You have to be able to leave someday

Say yes
You know the Earth is beautiful
Say yes
When we are in unanimity
And then
The world needs reconstruction
Say yes
Come for life
Come for an hour

See
Something has changed in the sky this morning
It seems the air is purer and that’s good
You know the keys to the future are in our hands
So then, when will you join me?

Say yes
At least we’ll be together
Say yes
We’ll be much stronger together
And then
And then we are similar
Say yes
I want to learn you by heart

You can’t stand those bombs
Which all explode around us
You dream of another world
Where money won’t rule everything
So stop listening to those
Who keep telling you we’re wrong
You know it’s enough to be two
To believe we are already stronger

Come
If you are tired of your vacuous loves
If you no longer believe in “never” or “forever”
If you want to slow down and have a little rest
If you believe that we could be happy

Say yes
You know the Earth is beautiful
Say yes
When we are in unanimity
and then
The world needs reconstruction
Say yes
Come for life
Come for an hour

Say yes

Say yes

1999


Belgium entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 with Vanessa Chinitor and “Like The Wind”. The song was selected to represent Belgium at the contest by winning the Belgium national final Eurosong ’99.Chinitor performed second on the night of the contest, following Lithuania and preceding Spain. “Like The Wind” received 38 points, placing 12th in a field on 23.
lyrics

The wind has blown for eternity
Never looking back, never giving in – never
Causing the waves on the stormy sea
But never staying long, always running on – always

Running on endlessly, and I know that I have to be
Like the wind, be like the wind
Like the wind – run forever free

The mountains – full of serenity
Uncaring ’bout the wind, never giving in – never
But waves that roll on the stormy sea
Turn mountains into dust, the wind – it wins at last – always

Running on endlessly, and I know that I have to be
Like the wind, be like the wind
Like the wind – run forever free

Running on endlessly, and I know that I have to be
Like the wind (The wind has blown for eternity)
Be like the wind (The wind has blown for eternity)
Like the wind (The wind has blown for eternity)
Run forever free

2000


Belgium was represented by Nathalie Sorce, with the song ‘”Envie de vivre”, at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Stockholm on 13 May. Sorce was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held in Brussels on 18 February.On the night of the final Sorce performed 10th in the running order, following Russia and preceding Cyprus. A somewhat shrill and at times off-key vocal performance, combined with a much-criticised choice of outfit, contributed towards an ignominious result, with only 2 points received (from the unlikely source of Fyrom) and a last place finish of the 24 entrants, the eighth time that Belgium had finished at the foot of the Eurovision scoreboard. The 12 points from the Belgian televote were awarded to Latvia.
lyrics

How to live without love?
How to live without love?
How to live the wish to live?

Beyond thoughts, beyond love
We have to share far more every day
Under the wrath of time furious for 2000 years
What’s left standing, it’s not us

Between good and bad, lots of other feelings
Following the only star to the glory of the living God
Through the passions and distrusting all seasons
What’s left standing, it’s not us, but

The wish to live for eternity
The wish to live passed us by
The wish to live will remain engraved
Like in a book we have forgotten about.

But we can’t survive in a world without love
The gates of life will need it every day
How could we see a smile in every look
If square one is devoid of any hope?

So I want to live, live to give
The wish to live and the wish to love

The wish to live for eternity
The wish to live passed us by
The wish to live will remain engraved
Like in a book we have discovered again

How to live without love?
How to live without love?
How to live the wish to live?

2002


Belgium was represented by Sergio & The Ladies,with the song Sister.The Belgian Final was held on February 17, and was hosted by Bart Peeters at the VRT TV Studios in Schelle.
lyrics

(Sister, sister, sister, sister)

Once upon a time, I was looking for a girl like you
Like a thunder in the night, felt a fire burning so brand new
She was scared and so much younger, and she never learnt of what to do
That’s why I’m telling you

Sister – come and move your body
Sister – so come on and make my day
‘Cause I’m in love, and I can make you feel this way
That’s what I wanna say

Oh yeah, that’s what I wanna say, honey
Come on

When a boy becomes a man, guess you better know the chance you take
Don’t you play your game so fast ’cause a broken heart’s the price to pay
So let me try and make it better ’cause there’s so much more that we can do
That’s why I’m telling you

Sister – come and move your body
Sister – so come on and make my day
‘Cause I’m in love, and I can make you feel this way
Oh baby

Sister – get it right the first time
Sister – don’t you wait another day
‘Cause I’m in love, and I can make you feel this way
That’s what I wanna say

(Sister) Let’s make it better
(Make my day) I just can’t wait
(Sister) It’s now or never
(Make my day) Don’t you walk away
(Sister) Let’s stick together
(Maky my day) Night and day
Baby, won’t you show me the way?

(Sister) Oh yeah
(Come and move your body) Oh…
(Sister) – so come on and make my day
‘Cause you’re in love, and I can make you feel this way
(Hey, hey) Come on, everybody

Sister – get it right the first time
Sister – don’t you wait another day
I’m in love, and I can make you feel this way

Oh baby, sister

2003


Belgium participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Riga, Latvia. This was the first Walloon participation since the 2000 contest.
Belgium internally selected Urban Trad to represent them, singing in an imaginary language for the first time in the contest’s history.Urban Trad received 165 points, placing second and giving Belgium their best result since their win in 1986.
lyrics

Sanomi helé
Manilla keranu
Aliya irema nia lago
Ture madilé

Sanomi helé
Manilla keranu
Aliya irema nia madilé

Kenatu narilé
Lakenatu narilé
Pasema niamo ture saro
Delamaoré

Kenatu narilé
Lakenatu narilé
Pasema niamo ture sanisi

Sanomi helé
Manilla keranu
Aliya irema nia lago
Ture madilé

Sanomi helé
Manilla keranu
Aliya irema nia madilé

Kenatu narilé
Lakenatu narilé
Pasema niamo ture saro
Delamaoré

Kenatu narilé
Lakenatu narilé
Pasema niamo ture sanisi

Léala léala sorimana sorimana
Léala léala sorimanao
Léala léala sorimana sorimana
Léala léala sorimana soléo

Sanomi helé
Manilla keranu
Aliya irema nia madilé

Léala léala sorimana sorimana
Léala léala sorimanao
Léala léala sorimana sorimana
Léala léala sorimana soléo

2004


Belgium was represented by Xandee and the song “1 Life”. VRT’s (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep, the Flemish broadcaster) organized the Belgian National Final ‘Eurosong 2004’, which took place on February 15, 2004. The automatic favourite “1 Life” triumphed throughout the competition, which included a performance from Barbara Dex who came in last for Belgium at Eurovision 1993.
Before Eurovision, Belgium was considered the favourite to win the whole competition and received a good amount of pre-contest promotion. Xandee even sang the song in a Turkish version for a visit to Istanbul. However, the performance was considered by many as poor and flat, which may have led to a complete fail during the voting procedure. Xandee reproduced her Eurosong performance with a few minor changes, but it didn’t seem to help as she only managed 22nd place with 7 points.
lyrics

Lift me up, take me down
You can turn my world around
I can hear what people say
It doesn’t matter anyway

We’re not the same
But so much alike
You are my brother
My sister tonight

We got one life, living together
In one life, let us be free
One life, you take my troubles away
Light up my day, yeah

You came here in the night
Take the worries off your mind
In your eyes, beneath your skin
I feel the pain you’re in

We’re not the same
But so much alike
You are my brother
My sister tonight

We got one life, living together
In one life, let us be free
One life, you take my troubles away
Light up my day, yeah

One life, living together
In one life, let us be free
One life, you take my troubles away
Light up my day

2005


Belgium was represented at Eurovision 2005 by Nuno Resende and the song “Le Grand Soir”. The French-speaking RTBF chose its representative at a national final on Sunday March 20, 2005.Nuno Guilherme de Figueiredo Resende was born in Porto, Portugal, on 25 June 1973. His family immigrated to Belgium where Nuno received his degree in physical education. He started his career in the basement of his house, surrounded by his guitar and a couple of friends. Nuno also had a stage career where he performed in musicals such as ‘Belle et la Bête’, ‘Roméo et Juliette’, and ‘Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’. In the 2000 Belgian national final, Nuno competed as the lead singer of the group ‘La Teuf” who finished 6th with the song “Soldat d’amour”.
At Eurovision, Nuno had a very simple performance, which was effective in expressing the meaning of his song. Nuno was alone on stage throughout the whole song just singing his heart out.
lyrics

Tonight, all these looks
There in the dark, fear and hope
Tonight, it’s not too late
To believe in dreams of glory
Tonight, a light
In a flash, to change the story
Tonight, I prayed for it
I waited for it, the big night

Tonight, the short breath
The stake is heavy, not to disappoint
Tonight, to change sidewalk
Tonight, a new start
And to see his entire life
All his friends in a glance
Tonight, I make a vow
A want for them, the big night

Tonight, we forget all
The bad paths, the misty nights
Tonight, it’s another day
Tonight, it’s my turn at last
To have as a Sunday
A revenge and the power
Tonight, to call it, to sing it
The big night

2006


Belgium chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 using Flemish broadcaster VRT. The Belgian final, Eurosong ’06, was staged on February 19 and favourite Kate Ryan managed to win with the song Je t’adore. Ryan’s song is a Swedish dance track that she wrote the lyrics to in collaboration with a Swedish team. Je t’adore was one of the favourites among many others in the Belgian final.
Ryan, born as Katrien Verbeeck, is a Belgian singer-songwriter who gained international prominence with a cover of Mylène Farmer’s “Désenchantée”.Polls suggested the Belgian entry to be the early favourite to take the Eurovision crown. although the song title is French, the lyrics are in English.
Flemish Minister of Culture Bert Anciaux gave a subsidy of 60000 euros in order to promote Kate Ryan and her song in the other participating countries of the year’s contest. The money was used to pay for a promotional tour throughout these countries. The subsidy itself has been harshly criticized in the Flemish press.Although considered to be one of the favorites before the contest, Belgium’s 2006 Eurovision Song Contest entrance Ryan was surprisingly eliminated in the semi finals in 12th place with 69 points, which took place May 18, 2006. When giving the Belgian public vote for the Final, however, the spokeswoman was seen to be holding a placard with the words “We Love Kate Ryan” on it.
lyrics

Ah…
The sum of all my fantasies
That’s everything you are to me

You came around and made my senses fly
Shook me up when you took me to the sky
Never thought that I could ever get this high

Je t’adore and I can’t conceal it
Je t’adore, anyone can see it
You give me just a little more
Of everything I’ve waited for

Je t’adore, here’s my heart, so take it
Je t’adore, only you can break it
You got me fallen to the floor
Any way you want, I’m yours
(Je t’adore)

Bye bye to all the lies I’ve heard
You made a different kind of girl

You spun me out and you made my senses fly
Shook me up when you took me to the sky
Never thought that I could ever get this high

Je t’adore and I can’t conceal it
Je t’adore, anyone can see it
You give me just a little more
Of everything I’ve waited for
Ooh yeah…

Je t’adore, here’s my heart, so take it
Je t’adore, only you can break it
You got me fallen to the floor
Any way you want, I’m yours
Ooh… je t’adore

You’re the rush that I missed
Made a wish that I’d feel a kiss
Just like this

Je t’adore, yeah, you made me feel it
Je t’adore, and I really mean it
You give me just a little more
Of everything I’ve waited for
(Everything I’ve ever waited for)

Je t’adore, here’s my heart, so take it
Je t’adore, baby, don’t you break it
You got me fallen to the floor
Any way you want, I’m yours

(Oh…)
Je t’adore

2007


Belgium selected their participants for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with an internal selection. Walloon broadcaster RTBF selected the Belgian entry, announcing their decision in February 2007. It was officially decided that The KMG’s (The Krazy Mess Groovers) would represent Belgium with the song “Love Power”.The KMG’s were drawn into the 24th spot for the semi-final on May 10. Gathering only 14 points and a 26th position, they did not qualify for the final.
lyrics

Can you feel the love power?
Can you feel the love?

I wake up every morning
Another day on my own
I’m in the eye of the storm
And I feel so alone

But when I notice the sunshine (Sunshine)
The summer breeze in the air
And when I dream of your sweet smile
Why should I fall into despair?

Can you feel the love power coming your way?
Can you feel the love power all day?
Can you feel the love power coming your way?
(Can you feel the love power?)

Today is another bad day
I’m gonna turn into stone
There’s too much pressure on me
And I feel so alone

I feel the temperature rising (Rising)
There’s something new in the air
And all the birds are just singing love
Why should I fall into despair?

Can you feel the love power coming your way?
Can you feel the love power all day?
Can you feel the love power coming your way?
(Can you feel the love power?)

(Can’t you feel the love power?)
(Can’t you feel the love power?)
(Can’t you feel the love power?)
Can you feel the love?
(Can’t you feel the love power?)

(Can you feel the love power coming your way?)
(Can you feel the love power?)

Can you feel the love power coming your way?
Can you feel the love power all day?
Can you feel the love power coming your way?
Can you feel the love power?

One more time, come on (Coming your way)
Can you feel the love power coming your way?
Can you feel the love power?

Can you feel the love power?

2008


Belgium made its 50th appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. This year Flemish broadcaster VRT was in charge of selecting the Belgian entry and chose it through the programme Eurosong. The winning song was selected on Sunday, 9 March 2008.At the Eurovision Song Contest Belgium performed in the first semi-final in Belgrade on 20 May 2008. They performed sixth on the night between the debut entries of San Marino and Azerbaijan. After scoring 16 points the song finished 17th out of 19 entries and failed to qualify for the final. It was also the last Eurosong to date.
lyrics

O julissi na jalini
O julissi na ditini
O bulo diti non slukati
Sestrone dina katsu

O julissi na ti buku
O julissi na katinu
Dvoranu mojani bidna
Marusi naja otcha tu

(Pokoli sestro moja kona) Moja kona
(Pokoli meni dita boja) Dita boja
(Jalina pitsu marusinja) Marusinja
(Kolosali) krokodili

O julissi na jalini
O julissi na ditini
O bulo diti non slukati
Sestrone dina katsu

O julissi na ti buku
O julissi na katinu
Dvoranu mojani bidna
Marusi naja otcha tu

(Pokoli sestro moja kona) Moja kona
(Pokoli meni dita boja) Dita boja
(Jalina pitsu marusinja) Marusinja
(Kolosali) krokodili

O julissi na jalini
O julissi na ditini
O bulo diti non slukati
Sestrone dina katsu

O julissi na slukati
O julissi na kotchali
Od nu je dvorian ne si bili
Precko sti budo najali

O julissi na ja
O julissi na jalini
O julissi na ditini
O bulo diti non slukati
Sestrone dina katsu

O julissi na jalini
O julissi na ditini
O bulo diti non slukati
Sestrone dina katsu

2009


The 2009 contest marked the turn for RTBF to once again send an entrant and it decided to hold an internal selection as it had in 2007.Patrick Ouchène was selected to represent the country with the song Copycat, but it finished second last in the first semi-final, scoring just one point.
lyrics

Way down in Memphis, Tennessee
There’s a guy looking just like me
Wearing the same blue suede shoes
Singing the same old blues

Way down in the US of A
There’s a guy doing things my way
Combing the same greasy hair
Hugging the same teddy bear

He’s a copycat, trying to steal my soul
But he’s too fat to rock ‘n’ roll
He’s a copycat, trying to steal my soul
But he’s too fat to rock ‘n’ roll

Way down in the deep deep South
There’s a guy with a girly mouth
Eating the same banana sandwich
Dressed in the same kind of kitsch

Way down by the Mississippi river
There’s a guy with a voice that quivers
Driving the same Cadillac car
Chasing the same lucky star

He’s a copycat, trying to steal my soul
But he’s too fat to rock ‘n’ roll
He’s a copycat, trying to steal my soul
But he’s too fat to rock ‘n’ roll

Way down in America
There’s a guy, rich and arrogant
Dating my fair Priscilla
He makes me want to hire a killer

Way down in the land of the brave
There’s a guy lying in his grave
‘Cause nobody duplicating my jive
Will never get away with that alive

He was a copycat, trying to steal my soul
Now he’s too dead to rock ‘n’ roll
He was a copycat, trying to steal my soul
Now he’s too dead to rock ‘n’ roll

(Copycat) To rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ roll…
(He’s too dead) To rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ roll…
(Copy-copycat, copycat)
(Copy-copycat, copycat)
(Copy-copycat, copycat)
(Copy-copycat, copycat) He was a copycat

2010


Belgium participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, with Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) having selected the 52nd Belgian entry for Eurovision. Tom Dice was selected by VRT to represent Belgium at the Contest, held in Oslo, Norway in May 2010, performed the song “Me and My Guitar”. It ended 1st in the Semi Final 1, and 6th in the Final.
Dice’s song, “Me and My Guitar”, written by Tom, Jeroen Swinnen and Ashley Hickin, was presented on 7 March on an hour-long presentation show, Eurosong 2010: een song voor Tom Dice!, hosted by Bart Peeters from the Eén TV studios. Dice performed a number of other songs during the show, including a covers of Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love”, Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody”, and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”. A number of guests gave Dice suggestions and tips for his performance at Eurovision, including Marcel Vanthilt, Siska Schoeters, André Vermeulen, Peter Van de Veire and Belgium’s 2002 entry Sergio.
The week after the song presentation, “Me and My Guitar” charted in the official Belgian charts in both Flanders and Wallonia, Ultratop. In the Flemish charts, the song entered at number 2, beaten only by Natalia & Gabriel Ríos’ cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, in aid for relief after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In the Walloon charts “Me and My Guitar” entered at number 24.[16] “Me and My Guitar” also entered into the Dutch Top 100 at number 85.
The following week, “Me and My Guitar” went to number one in Flanders and number 18 in Wallonia.[
lyrics

People always say:
“Tom, this has gone too far”
But I’m not afraid to chase my dreams
Just me and my guitar

And no one may ever know
The feelings inside my mind
‘Cause all of the lines I ever write
Are running out of time

So maybe I should get a nine to five
But I don’t wanna let it go
There’s so much more to life

Tell me that I got it wrong
Tell me everything will be okay
Before I fall
And tell me they’ll play my songs
Tell me they’ll sing the words I’ll say
When darkness falls
Then all of the stars will see
Just me and my guitar
Mmm…

I’m sure that I’ll find my way
‘Cause I’m not afraid to try
But even a world of love and hope
Can’t guarantee that price

So maybe I can get a nine to five
But I don’t wanna let it go
There’s so much more to life

No… tell me that I got it wrong
Tell me everything will be okay
And before I fall
No, no… tell me they’ll play my songs
And tell me they’ll sing the words I say
When darkness falls
Then all of the stars will see
Just me and my guitar, oh oh…

Me and my guitar, mmm… mmm…

2011


Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through an internet selection and a national final, organised by French speaking broadcaster RTBF (Radio télévision belge de la communauté française).Belgium competed in the first half of the second semi-final of the contest, on 12 May. Witloof Bay did not qualify for the final, placing in 11th with 53 points and missing out on qualification by a single point.
lyrics

(With love) Hey… with love
(With love, love, love) You gotta do it with love, love
(With love)

In my mind, my body and my soul
I’m doing everything and I’m doing it all (With love)
In my mind, my body and my soul
With love, baby, you can have it all

If you like to move it, if you like to groove it
Do it with love, baby
If you like to sing it, if you like to swing it
Do it with love, baby

‘Cause when your love is gone and you’re all alone
There is nothing left to carry on
So whenever we’re singing this song
We do it with love, baby, with love

In my mind, my body and my soul
I’m doing everything and I’m doing it all (With love)
In my mind, my body and my soul
With love, baby, you can have it all

(With love) With love, baby
(With love) With love, baby
(With love) With love, baby
Oh, whatever you’re doing, just do it with love

You gotta do it with love, with love
Come on and sing it, swing it with love
Feel it in your body, your soul and your mind
When you move, when you groove, with love

We’ll break it down now
One, two… bring the bass back

Yes, I had to sing it and I came to bring it to you
With love, baby
Then I tried to blend it, but I have to end it for you
With love, baby
‘Cause when I love you and you love me too
There is nothing left for us to do
But to hug and to kiss and to tug into bliss
With love, baby, with love

In my mind, my body and my soul
I’m doing everything and I’m doing it all (With love)
In my mind, my body and my soul
With love, baby, you can have it all

(With love) With love, baby
(With love) With love, baby
(With love) With love, baby
Oh, whatever you’re doing, just do it with love

In my mind, my body and my soul
I’m doing everything and I’m doing it all
In my mind, my body and my soul
With love, baby, you can have it all

With love, baby
(With love) With love, baby
(With love) With love, baby
Oh, whatever you’re doing, just do it…
With love

2012


Belgium will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and have selected their entry act by an internal selection, organised by the Flemish broadcaster VRT.During the Semi-Final Allocation draw which was held on 25 January 2012, it was announced Belgium were scheduled to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 22 May.On 20 March 2012 the Running Order draw was held, which determined the order of which the participants performed. Belgium is set to perform 8th in the first semi-final.
lyrics

Come and find me, I’ve been hiding from you
Come and get me, running from you
It’s been easy, easy for you
To believe me when I say I love you

But what would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag and away from you
You took my love for granted, would you really miss me?
Any other guy would do, but would you?

It’s a secret and a question for you
Where I’m at now, what are you gonna do?
If you run here and look for me now
Are we done here or starting somehow?

But what would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag and away from you
You took my love for granted, would you really miss me?
Any other guy would do, but would you?
Would you?

It’s a two-way street and I know that
But don’t look back
Still I wonder, still I wonder

What would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag just to be with you
But when I’m at your door, will you say you missed me?
Any other guy would do
Yeah, any other guy would do, but would you?

Would you? Oh, would you?
I love you

Belgiumthe real results

country year singer song pts position
Belgium 1956 Fud leclerc Messieurs les noyes de la seine
Belgium 1956 Mony marc Le plus beau jour de ma vie
Belgium 1957 Bobbejaan Schoepen Straatdeuntje 5 8
Belgium 1958 Fud Leclerc Ma Petite Chatte 8 5
Belgium 1959 Bob Benny Hou Toch Van Me 9 6
Belgium 1960 Fud Leclerc Mon Amour Pour Toi 9 6
Belgium 1961 Bob Benny September, Gouden Roos 1 15
Belgium 1962 Fud Leclerc Ton Nom 0 13
Belgium 1963 Jacques Raymond Waarom? 4 10
Belgium 1964 Robert Cogoi Près De Ma Rivière 2 10
Belgium 1965 Lize Marke Als Het Weer Lente Is 0 15
Belgium 1966 Tonia Un Peu De Poivre, Un Peu De Sel 14 4
Belgium 1967 Louis Neefs Ik Heb Zorgen 8 7
Belgium 1968 Claude Lombard Quand Tu Reviendras 8 7
Belgium 1969 Louis Neefs Jennifer Jennings 10 7
Belgium 1970 Jean Vallée Viens L’Oublier 5 8
Belgium 1971 Lily Castel & Jacques Raymond Goeie Morgen, Morgen 68 14
Belgium 1972 Serge & Christine Ghisoland A La Folie Ou Pas Du Tout 55 17
Belgium 1973 Nicole & Hugo Baby Baby 58 17
Belgium 1974 Jacques Hustin Fleur De Liberté 10 9
Belgium 1975 Ann Christy Gelukkig Zijn 17 15
Belgium 1976 Pierre Rapsat Judy Et Cie 68 8
Belgium 1977 Dream Express A Million In One, Two, Three 69 7
Belgium 1978 Jean Vallée L’Amour Ça Fait Chanter La Vie 125 2
Belgium 1979 Micha Marah Hey Nana 5 18
Belgium 1980 Telex Eurovision 14 17
Belgium 1981 Emly Starr Samson 40 13
Belgium 1982 Stella Si Tu Aimes Ma Musique 96 4
Belgium 1983 Pas De Deux Rendez-Vous 13 18
Belgium 1984 Jacques Zégers Avanti La Vie 70 5
Belgium 1985 Linda Lepomme Laat Me Nu Gaan 7 19
Belgium 1986 Sandra Kim J’Aime La Vie 176 1
Belgium 1987 Liliane St Pierre Soldiers Of Love 56 11
Belgium 1988 Reynaert Laissez Briller Le Soleil 5 18
Belgium 1989 Ingeborg Door De Wind 13 19
Belgium 1990 Philippe Lafontaine Macédomienne 46 12
Belgium 1991 Clouseau Geef Het Op 23 16
Belgium 1992 Morgane Nous En Veut Des Violons 11 20
Belgium 1993 Barbara Iemand Als Jij 3 25
Belgium 1995 Frédérick Etherlinck La Voix Est Libre 8 20
Belgium 1996 Lisa Del Bo Liefde Is Een Kaartspel 22 16
Belgium 1998 Mélanie Cohl Dis Oui 122 6
Belgium 1999 Vanessa Chinitor Like The Wind 38 12
Belgium 2000 Nathalie Sorce Envie de vivre 2 24
Belgium 2002 Sergio & The Ladies Sister 33 13
Belgium 2003 Urban Trad Sanomi 165 2
Belgium 2004 Xandee 1 Life 7 22
Belgium 2005 Nuno Resende Le Grand Soir 29 36
Belgium 2006 Kate Ryan Je T’Adore 69 26
Belgium 2007 The KMGs Love Power 14 40
Belgium 2008 Ishtar O Julissi Na Jalini 16 39
Belgium 2009 Patrick Ouchène Copycat 1 41
Belgium 2010 Tom Dice Me and my guitar 143 6
Belgium 2011 Witloof Bay With love baby 53 28
Belgium 2012 Iris Would you? 16 41
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