Belgium

#POLL – Best of Eurovision – BELGIUM’s Even Years

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 time it’s the turn of Belgium’s Even Year entries – so songs that entered in years ending in 2,4,6,8 or 0. Since Belgium alternate their broadcasters year on year, this Even Year list will also correspond with the majority of entries from the French speaking broadcaster RTBF!

Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:

  1. City Lights (2017) – 278 points
  2. The Wrong Place (2021) – 234 points
  3. Rhythm Inside (2015) – 211 points
  4. Love Kills (2013) – 209 points
  5.  Baby, Baby (1973) – 170 points
  6. Like The Wind (1999) – 167 points
  7. Iemand Als Jij (1993) – 152 points
  8. Sanomi (2003) – 145 points
  9. Soldiers Of Love (1987) – 143 points
  10. A Million In One, Two, Three (1977) – 136 points

Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now it’s time to see who joins this Top 10 for the Belgian final next week!

REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!

Author: James Scanlan
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