Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece. The Belgian entry was selected through a national selection, Eurosong '06, organised by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Kate Ryan represented Belgium with the song "Je t'adore", which failed to qualify from the competition's semi-final, placing 12th and scoring 69 points.[1]

Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processEurosong '06
Selection date(s)Heats
8 January 2006
15 February 2006
22 January 2006
29 January 2006
Semifinals
5 February 2006
12 February 2006
Final
19 February 2006
Selected entrantKate Ryan
Selected song"Je t'adore"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (12th, 69 points)
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2005 2006 2007►

Before Eurovision

Eurosong '06

Eurosong '06 was the Belgian national final for choosing the Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006.

Format

The selection process involved the staging of seven shows; the final on 19 February, plus four quarter finals and two semi finals held during January and early February 2006. All shows were hosted by Bart Peeters at VRT TV Studios in Schelle. Each qualifying heat contained seven songs and the top three from each heat proceeded to one of the two semi-finals. After the quarter finals, the jury chose two wildcards - one for each of the semi-finals - bringing the total number of songs in each semi-final to seven. The top three of each semi final proceeded to the final and the jury selected one wildcard to bring the total in the final to seven.

In the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, the juries accounted for 66% of the votes while the televote accounted for 33%. In the final, the juries accounted for 40% of the vote, the international juries accounted for 30% of the vote and the televote accounted for the remaining 30%. The songs were judged by an expert jury (consisting of Yasmine, Marcel Vanthilt, André Vermeulen and twice Eurovision winner Johnny Logan), Radio 2, Radio Donna, Press Jury and televoters. Three European juries were implemented in the final.

Competing entries

Two former Eurovision Song Contest participants competed in the selection: Vanessa Chinitor (1999) and Barbara Dex (1993).

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)[2]
Afi "Not That Beautiful" Alain Vande Putte, Miguel Wiels
Ali vs. Laura "I Belong to You Belong to Me" Jamy M. Bagheri
Axel Devries "Alleen jij" (Only you) Ronald Vanhuffel, Tracy Atkins, Jurgen Coppieters
Barbara Dex "Crazy" Andre Remkes, Alidus Hidding
Beatoxic "Feel Like" Geert D'Haene
Belle Perez "El mundo bailando" (The world is dancing) Belle Perez, Juan Guerrero, Fernando De Meersman, Patrick Renier
Brahim "P.O.W.E.R." Fred Braikin, Brahim Attaeb, Jeremy Style
Casa Creola "Easy esta noche" (Easy tonight) Marc Paelinck, Jamie Winchester
Els de Schepper "Als ik je morgen ergens tegenkom" (If I meet you somewhere tomorrow) Rick Denys, David Poltrock
Eve Kempbel "Not Right" Greg Watts
Fantoom "Hier sta ik" (Here I stand) Servaas Binge, Servaas Binge, Hillert Binge
Jeason "Dame amor, dame vida" (Give me love, give me life) Jeason Herfs
Kaden "In Your Heaven" Marc Van Hie, Rudolf Hecke
Katerine "Watch Me Move" Mark Frisch, Anthony Galatis, Yannik Fonderie
Kate Ryan "Je t'adore" (I like you) Kate Ryan, Niklas Bergwall, Niclas Kings, Lisa Greene
Kaye Styles "Profile" Youssef Chelak
La Sakhra "Wonderland" Vincent Pierins, Patrick Hamilton
Laura D "History Turning Round" Daniel Boquist, Marcus Englöf, Johan Bejerholm, Nick Woodbridge
Peter Evrard "Coward" Stefaan Fernande, Luca Chiaravelli
Pim "I'm Your Man" Alain Vande Putte, Serge Hertoge
Roxane "Push It" Mon S'Jegers
Sonny O'Brien "I'll Be There for You" Ben Robbins, Lenna Bauerly Shelly
Tommy "The Best Time of My Life" Tommy Vlaeminck
Triskèl "I'll Be There for You" Kurt Burgelman, Kurt Burgelman, Alain Van Zeveren
Valérie Mouton "I Can't Go On Like This" Sofie Verbruggen, Herve Martens
Vanessa Chinitor "Beyond You" Gerard James Borg, Philip Vella
WOEST "Gek" (Crazy) Tom Van Landuyt
Zenna "Someone Is Calling" Inge Moortgat, Violetta Zimbardi, Sammy Merayah

Quarter-finals

The quarter-finals were held at the VRT TV Studios in Schelle, hosted by Bart Peeters. The top 3 songs in each quarter-final qualified for the semi-finals. After all the quarter finals had been held, the expert jury chose 2 other songs to go forward to the semi-finals.

Quarter-final 1
Quarter-final 1 – 8 January 2006
DrawArtistSongJuryRadioTelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press Radio 2 Radio Donna
1Brahim"P.O.W.E.R."7 77914442
2Jeason"Dame amor, dame vida"5 23410243
3Sonny O'Brien"I'll Be There for You"4 5554234
4Fantoom"Hier sta ik"1 1238156
5Vanessa Chinitor"Beyond You"3 3112107
6Zenna"Someone Is Calling"2 4426185
7Katerine"Watch Me Move"9 99718521
  • Sonny O'Brien was later chosen as one of the two wild cards for the semi finals by the professional jury.
Quarter-final 2
Quarter-final 2 – 15 January 2006
DrawArtistSongJuryRadioTelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press Radio 2 Radio Donna
1Casa Creola"Easy esta noche"2 4254146
2Afi"Not That Beautiful"7 9596363
3Tommy"The Best Time of My Life"3 2338195
4Barbara Dex"Crazy"5 59718441
5Beatoxic"Feel Like"1 111267
6Els de Schepper"Als ik je morgen ergens tegenkom"4 34410254
7Roxane"Push It"9 77214392
  • Els de Schepper was later chosen as one of the two wild cards for the semi finals by the professional jury.
Quarter-final 3
Quarter-final 3 – 22 January 2006
DrawArtistSongJuryRadioTelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press Radio 2 Radio Donna
1Valérie Mouton"I Can't Go on Like This"4 3214146
2Kate Ryan"Je t'adore"7 99910441
3Kaye Styles"Profile"9 45514373
4Axel Devries"Alleen jij"1 1332107
5Laura D"History Turning Round"5 5446244
6Peter Evrard"Coward"3 77718422
7Pim"I'm Your Man"2 2128155
Quarter-final 4
Quarter-final 4 – 29 January 2006
DrawArtistSongJuryRadioTelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press Radio 2 Radio Donna
1Kaden"In Your Heaven"2 3412126
2WOEST"Gek"4 4248224
3Ali vs. Laura"I Belong to You Belong to Me"1 2324126
4La Sakhra"Wonderland"5 97710382
5Triskèl"I'll Be There for You"3 1136145
6Belle Perez"El mundo bailando"9 79918521
7Eve Kempbel"Not Right"7 55514363

Semi-finals

The semi-finals were held at the VRT TV Studios in Schelle, hosted by Bart Peeters. The top 3 songs in each semi-final qualified for the final, along with one other song chosen by the expert jury.

Semi-final 1
Semi-final 1 – 5 February 2006
DrawArtistSongJuryRadio 2TelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press Radio 2 Radio Donna
1Jeason"Dame amor, dame vida"1 121497
2Eve Kempbell"Not Right"5 2338214
3Els de Schepper"Als ik je morgen ergens tegenkom"4 45410273
4Afi"Not That Beautiful"2 5452185
5Katerine"Watch Me Move"3 3126156
6Kaye Styles"Profile9 77714442
7Kate Ryan"Je t'adore"7 99918521
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 2 – 12 February 2006
DrawArtistSongJuryRadioTelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press Radio 2 Radio Donna
1La Sakhra"Wonderland"9 9998441
2Roxane"Push It"1 211277
3Sonny O'Brien"I'll Be There for You"2 1224116
4Brahim"P.O.W.E.R."7 74410324
5Belle Perez"El mundo bailando"5 37514343
6Peter Evrard"Coward"3 4536215
7Barbara Dex"Crazy"4 53718372
  • The day after the last semi final, Brahim was chosen to be the professional jury wild card in the Belgian final

Final

The final was held on 19 February 2006 at the VRT TV Studios in Schelle, hosted by Bart Peeters. The winner was chosen by the expert jury, Radio 2 jury, Radio Donna jury, a press jury, three international juries from Germany, Israel and Poland, and televoting. The juries accounted for 40% of the vote, the international juries accounted for 30% of the vote and the televote accounted for the remaining 30%. The decision for VRT to choose these three countries to represent the European audience was based on a study they asked two independent professors in statistics to do, on which countries gave the points most close to the actual results in the last few Eurovision Song Contests. Each international jury consisted of eight members: four random viewers and four music experts. They will watch the show from their native countries where it will be streamed live for them

Kate Ryan won the national final after being a top three favourite with all eight juries, and being the top favourite amongst the televoters and two of the international juries. The winning composition, "Je t'adore" - with a French title but English lyrics - was written by Kate herself and three Swedish composers; Niklas Bergwall, Niclas Kings and Lisa Greene.

Final – 9 March 2006
DrawSingerSongJuryRadioTelevoteTotalPlace
Expert Press International Radio 2 Radio Donna
1Barbara Dex"Crazy"3 1 13529335
2Brahim"P.O.W.E.R"9 3 61415384
3Belle Perez"El mundo bailando"2 5 209912573
4Els de Schepper"Als ik je morgen ergens tegenkom"1 4 9213207
5La Sakhra"Wonderland"7 9 144721622
6Kaye Styles"Profile"4 2 6336246
7Kate Ryan"Je t'adore"5 7 257527761

Spokespersons:

Promotion

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.

At Eurovision

Because country failed to qualify in 2005 Belgium competed in the semi-final of the 2006 Contest on 18 May 2006 performing 7th, following Albania and preceding Ireland. Despite being one of the pre-contest favourites, Belgium failed to qualify to the final, placing 12th in the semi-final and scoring 69 points.[3] Therefore, Belgium will have to compete in the semi-final again in ESC 2007. The Belgian voting spokesperson, Yasmine, held up a placard with the words "We Love Kate Ryan" during the final.

Points awarded to Belgium

Points awarded to Belgium (semi-final)[3]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Belgium

See also

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest

References

  1. "Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Final". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. http://esckaz.com/2006/bel.htm. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
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