Belgium – Noon, today, Belgium ended the very long first round of its Internet selection, with 32 songs reaching the 20,000 euros limit. Indeed, the format was different from the simple Internet vote. In order to ensure that people would really invest in the songs they supported, the RTBF made people actually pay money for the songs. Only the ones who invested in the song that will actually represent Belgium, however, will actually have to pay. The others will be reimbursed.
Due to their political lyrics, however, the RTBF has disqualified two songs after they reached the 20,000 euros limit : they are Thoom’s “United Belgium” and Paul Biss’ “Manipulation”. This leaves us with no less than 30 songs which will battle for a place in the finale, on January the 30th in radio, when only 14 of them will be chosen. The show will be hosted on St Valentine’s day, with a 50% televoting and 50% juries will decide the Belgian singer for 2011.
Update: From ESCFlashMalta: In a very interesting revelation made by Eurovision-Info.net which is also a fan-site of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the respective broadcaster, RTBF, will be holding another phase prior to the final which will involve both the internet and radio mediums. All of the songs will be performed live on national television on the 30th January 2011 where there will be a split between the votes of the people (internet, radio and television) along with a professional Jury. The best fourteen (14) entries out of the thirty (30) qualifiers make it to the final phase of the competition which will be entitled “Eurovision 2011 : Qui ? A Vous de Choisir !” and take place within the middle of February rumoured to be the 14th actually.
Here’s the list of the 30 qualifiers :
Léa Clément : Où s’en vont nos rêves ?
Syla K. : Simple Love
Hélène : Our Home
Steve Linden : C’est la musique
The Blazing : Our Way
Bellyve : Nos pages, nos images
Joe Galli : Live my life
HANNY-D : Près de Toi
J COOL : Dans ma chanson
Witloof Bay : With Love Baby
Gautier Reyz : Addiction
Alexandre Deschamps : Elle merveille
Nelza : Be my friend
Sarina Cohn : Rien en apparence
Natohé : For you
The MichelJanssens : Fais Comme Ci
Kaptain Oats : Reset
Thayss N’ Bau : Somewhere With You
Joyce & Jay : Do You Remember (Te souviens tu)
2DAYSTICKET : A Journey Inside Me
Harley : Pardonne Moi “Prière Rock”
Mael : L’Ancre de nos Vies
SWING CHANNEL : Les pieds dans l’eau
Tommy Waters : I’m Alive
Etienne Deleyre : The way you are
Françoise Norroy : Je vis comme une chanson
NellSonn! : Commence par un pas
Chloe : Just One Chance
.fen : Yes I know
Clac et les Portes : Claquer les portes
You can listen to all entries here !
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