Building on the success of our Best of the Big 5 series, Eurovision Ireland is now broadening its search for your favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – that’s well over 1500 songs!
We’ve scoured the Big 5 countries and across Scandinavia for your Eurovision favourites and you voted in your thousands to crown your winners. We now begin on our next exciting set of countries: those of Western Europe that are not part of the Big 5 – namely Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. With winners crowned from the Netherlands and Switzerland, the next stop on our European tour is a country famous for an interesting mix of beer, chocolate and politics – it is of course, Belgium!
Having only ever missed 3 editions of the contest in over 6 decades, Belgium are one of the most familiar faces at Eurovision. They’ve finished in the Top 5 a respectable 11 times since debuting at the first-ever Eurovision in 1956, including 4 second places and their only win to-date in 1986. At the other end of the scale, they’ve has finished last 7 times, including twice with 0 points – so Belgium’s back catalogue is certainly a mixed bag! Recent years have seen Belgium ricochet from not qualifying for the final for years at a time, to achieving some of their most successful placings ever – but out of all their entries, which are your favourites?
There have been a total of 62 entries from Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956, so as always we’ve split the songs between Odd and Even Years. This week you’ll be voting for your favourite Belgian entries from their Odd Year back catalogue– songs that entered in years ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9. Admittedly, as Belgium alternate their broadcasters year on year this Odd Year list also coincides with the majority of entries from the Dutch speaking broadcaster VRT!
Don’t spot your favourites below? Don’t panic! You’ll get to vote for which Even Year entries you love next week! As always, the Top 10 entries from both semi finals will then go on to the grand final, where you will vote for your overall winner. Don’t forget, your winner will be entered in the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame, so what are you waiting for? Get voting!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland