Belgium – In the last national final of the season, Belgium chose Axel Hirsoux to be their representative in Copenhagen. He will sing ‘Mother‘. The international juries voted for Axel and when the televote was added it resulted in his being selected by a landslide.Belgium’s sole ever winner of Eurovision, Sandra Kim opened the show.
The six remaining finalists were
- Eva Jacobs – ‘Nothing is impossible‘
- Udo – ‘Hero (in Flanders fields)‘
- Yass – ‘Need you tonight’
- SIL – ‘What’s the time in Tokyo?‘
- Axel Hirsoux – ‘Mother‘
- Bandits – ‘One‘
The expert panel made up of Bart Peeters, Piet Goddaer, Jef Martens and Ruslana commented on the songs but could not vote this evening. The international jury vote was made up of juries from Azerbaijan, Denmark, Ireland, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Spain and Belarus. They awarded the following top scores:
Denmark 12 pts to Yass
Belarus 12pt to Yass
Spain 12 pts to Axel
FYR Macedonia 12 pts to Eva Jacobs
Netherlands 12 pts to Axel
Azerbaijan 12 pts to Axel
Irleand 12 pts to Axel
Total for the jury: Axel was the winner with 74 points
After the international jury had cast their votes, the televote opened. All 4 of Bart Peeters, Piet Goddaer, Jef Martens and Ruslana then voted for Bart Peeters, Piet Goddaer, Jef Martens and Ruslana as the one they would want to see in Copenhagen. Ruslana then made an endearing speech about wanting peace for her country and performed a ‘This Is Euphoria’ / ‘Wild Dances’ mash up with a Ukranian flag.
The result of the public vote was:
Added together, as Axel received a massive 57% of the public vote, the final result was a win for Axel Hirsoux singing ‘Mother‘.
Check out the winning song: