Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 15 September 2021
Song: 10 March 2022
Selected entrantJérémie Makiese
Selected song"Miss You"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (8th, 151 points)
Final result19th, 64 points
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Jérémie Makiese to represent the country with the song "Miss You".[1]

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Belgium has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest.[2] Since then, the country has won the contest on one occasion in 1986 with the song "J'aime la vie" performed by Sandra Kim. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Belgium has been featured in only seven finals. In 2021, Hooverphonic represented Belgium with the song "The Wrong Place". The song qualified to the grand final, where it ended 19th out of 26.

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

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

RTBF announced on 15 September 2021 that they had internally selected Jérémie Makiese to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022; the first broadcaster to do so for the 2022 edition.[3] His entry for the contest, "Miss You", was released on 10 March 2022.[4]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Belgium has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[5]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Belgium was set to perform in position 16, following the entry from Montenegro and before the entry from Sweden.[6]

References

  1. ^ Meersman, Boris (10 March 2022). "Belgium: Jérémie Makiese will bring "Miss you" to Turin!". ESCUnited. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Belgium Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Belgium reveals the first artist for Eurovision 2022". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  4. ^ Luukela, Sami (10 March 2022). "Jérémie Makiese releases the Eurovision 2022 entry "Miss You"". ESCXTRA.com. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in? 🇮🇹". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi-Final running orders revealed!". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.