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één, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Belgium, every other year and representative of the Flanders sector of the country is set to unveil a pretty sophisticated preselection process which will see the nation pick their artist and song in a seperate manner, in the hope of achieving success. In 2012, it was Iris who carried the flag with her entry Would You? finishing in second to last position within the semi-final but there is a wonderful aura surrounding Eurosong 2014 after Roberto Bellarosa took the country to the final and finished in twelfth place with Love Kills.

Eurosong 2014 will comprise of seven weeks, starting off with two casting shows (2nd/9th February), moving onto the call back (16th February), the semi-finals (23rd February, 2nd March and 9th March) and the actual final (16th March). Basically, artists who would like to throw their hat into the ring will be first judged by a panel of four music experts, two of which have been revealed to be Piet Goddaer and Jef Martens before being given their possible entries for the Eurovision Song Contest, which can be submitted to the broadcaster by the 28th October on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The experts will then play an advisory role towards the end of the selection process with a European Jury along with the Belgian Public selecting their act for the Eurovision Song Contest as the artist would then have been paired up with his respective song. Despite being a tad complicated, VRT and één have planned it out brilliantly and it could very much be a system which works because finding the right song for the right artist should be the way forward in the music industry. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z_5s5gnrCM

Flanders, the region responsible for the participation of Belgium in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark have unveiled their selection procedure under the guidance of their broadcaster, VRT. Would You? co-written by Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts with vocals by Iris was the last entry to represent the regioon but nevertheless failed to amass widespread appeal, obtaining just sixteen (16) points to finish in the penultimate position of seventeenth. In 2014, the selection procedure is set to change in order to try and select an up and coming individual whose aim is to represent the nation in the best possible way.

The national selection process entitled Eurosong is calling for artists who dream big to send a video clip of themselves performing any song from previous editions of the Eurovision Song Contest in a different genre. The concept which is quite intriguing will see to how imaginative the performers will be because they will have to perform in front of millions where they have to adapt to the pressure. Candidates could either be soloists or within a group in an effort to encourage a little bit of both. VRT, the broadcaster responsible for the Flanders region is looking to create a casting show in a similar vein to the German pre-selections of 2010 and 2012 which saw to the selection of Lena Meyer-Landrut and Roman Lob, both of which managed top ten results.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z_5s5gnrCM

Belgium, a country in the western side of the continent which has been rather unlucky at the international competition, managing to qualify only on two occasions, one of them being earlier this year as Roberta Bellarosa surprised everyone with his stunning rendition of the song Love Kills co-written by Ian Farquharson and Jukka Immonen. The song finished in a respectable twelfth place making it their third best result within the past years and also a hit in several countries including The Netherlands and Sweden. Apart from a call for artists, the Flemish broadcaster is inviting songwriters all across the world to submit their demo songs for the competition. All of the information could be found through the official website, here. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCl7OUFNSCA

VRT, the national broadcaster for the Flemish region and community in Belgium are inclined to take care of the participation at the Eurovision Song Contest next year following the successful result achieved by the French broadcaster, RTBF as Roberto Bellarosa managing to finish in twelfth place at the end of the final of this years' spectacle. Love Kills, a modern pop song was very much appreciated by both the juries and the public finishing in fifth place during the semi-final before getting that mid-table position. Belgium alternate between the two broadcasters to make sure that all the public is represented at the international showcase. 

Information revealed by Björn Verdoodt on behalf of VRT will see to the creation of a new selection format. Eurosong, the national final which was used to select entries such as Je T'Adore sung by Kate Ryan in 2006 and O Julissi performed by Ishtar in 2008 is set to return but the concept will be fresh and enlightening as VRT seeks to build on the result that Belgium achieved this year. In 2012, the last time that they were in charge of the participation, Iris was selected from the record label Sonic Angel who was also behind the 2010 participant Tom Dice but the song entitled Would You? was not appreciated and could only muster up sixteen (16) points to finish in seventeenth position. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: VRT, Eurosong.be, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z_5s5gnrCM

The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression during the summer 2012. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Interview with Iris (Belgium 2012):  

Belgium last qualified for the Grand Final in 2010 in Oslo when Tom Dice won his Semi Final with the song "Me and my guitar". In 2011 it was Witloof Bay who almost get Belgium back into the Grand Final with the song "With love baby" but missed a few points and ended up at Number 11 in their Semi Final meaning not qualifying Belgium for the Grand Final in Duesseldorf. Now in 2012, Iris represented Belgium and on reached Number 17 in Semi Final 1 with the song "Would you". Lilian, Roger and JP met the young singer for a brief interview which you can hear on the showthis week. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z_5s5gnrCM

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - The Host Entries:  

After reflecting on the 57th Eurovision Song Contest over the past weeks Radio International now continuous to present a brand new series with the Eurovision experts in the UK and Ireland to take you through the summer. The new series is taking a look at the entries to the Eurovision Song Contest by the countries that were hosting the contest e.g. this year the Eurovision Song Contest came from Azerbaijan and the Azeri entry = Host Entry is Sabina Babayeva. This week it is the turn of Ross Bennett who will be joining the team in the studio from Brighton to take a look at the host entries of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012. 

Home Composed Song Contest 2012 - Call out for submissions:  

As in previous years Radio International supports the Home Composed Song Contest which is a songwriters competition across Europe and beyond. 2012 marks the 21st edition of the Song Contest and the 2011 edition was won by Denmark and this year's edition is hosted by Spain. Contact the website of the Home Composed Song Contest to find out further details how to submit your entries and also what the schedule looks like. Samuel Bugia Garrido and his team is ready to guide you through the contest. Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Interview with Mandinga (Romania 2012): 

 What a nice delegation Romania took to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Celebrating it's 10th Anniversary Mandinga represented Romania with the song "Zalelah" in Baku successfully qualifying heir home country to the Grand Final and reaching a remarkable Number 12 position. "Zalelah" is a dance Mandinga invites the audience to dance to. Although representing Romania Mandinga also has members in the group from Cuba. Lilian and JP had the great pleasure to meet Mandinga for a second time for an interview this time in Baku's Press Centre after their initial interview with Radio International at Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam earlier on this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3ruy639kTQ  

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD.

Interview with Pernilla Karlsson (Finland 2012):  

Unfortunately, no qualification for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the lovely Pernilla Karlsson who represented her native Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Semi Final 1 at Number 12 when only the Top 10 per Semi Final advance to the Grand Final. The song "När jag blundar" translates to "When I close my eyes" and is performed in Swedish due to the fact that the area Pernilla comes from is a minority area where the language spoken is Swedish. This is a special interview as Lilian, Camera Man Roger and JP "kidnapped" the delegation bus of Finland and did the interview aboard the bus :) That's a first in JP's interviewing career :)  

Source: Radio International Team

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRC5NzxmrAA

One of the youngest participants in this years' Eurovision Song Contest is surely Iris, who will be representing Belgium with the song Would You? which won a two song national selection earlier this year held on one of the most popular shows in the nation. The track which is a beautiful ballad has been receiving a lot of praise and the artist herself has a brilliant vocal range to carry it off actually. Iris is competing in the first semi-final and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her Belgian counterpart Tom Dice who represented the country just two years ago with the beautiful track Me and My Guitar.

 

Belgium does not have the most stellar of records in the Eurovision Sogn Contest unfortunately but nevertheless, have been one of the most consistent competing countries from the Western world continuously participating each and every year except when having been relegated. Since the introduction of the semi-final system, they have only managed to reach the final on one occasion, but Iris will be vying to change that record this year and take the tally to at least two actually. Within this interview, Iris speaks about her song, her rehearsals and her music career in general which has been flourishing even so early in her life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2DMpdo3268

Published in Interviews

It has already been quite the interesting journey with our set of critics, who are actually four but the last two join together as one of the upcoming production houses in Sweden. They have already highlighted which of the seven serve as their favourites and will now be moving on their eight track but nevertheless, their top ten might not reflect the marking as seen within these articles and this is because they are just rating how a song sounds to them on its' own thus far. The next entry comes from Belgium whose Flemish broadcaster had decided to send a newcomer to represent them in the event by the name of Iris and the track that she will be performing entitled Would You? was one of the two that she performed in a two song national selection. It is a co-write between three Belgians including; Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts.

After Sandra Kim (who won with J’aime la vie in ’86, when was just 13), Iris is the youngest ever Belgian Eurovision Song Contest candidate. This spontaneous flower from Noorderwijk (Herentals) is only 17, but is all set to give Europe an unforgettable performance. Iris was clearly bitten by the music bug when she was just a child. She skipped her way through her childhood, singing and dancing. She joined her local school choir. She sang a few local gigs and then, suddenly, she was ‘spotted’ in 2010 at a talent competition, jointly organised by Flemish teen magazine ‘Joepie’ and ‘Sonic Angel’ (the record company behind Tom Dice, who came 6th in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Me and my guitar). Iris won herself a record deal and soon afterwards released her first hit single Wonderful. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeiYk6biZq8

When the VRT (the Flemish public broadcaster) announced that Iris would be representing Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, she was still relatively inexperienced and had never before appeared on national TV. The VRT was won over by her youthful enthusiasm, her fresh look and her intriguing stem. For Iris this announcement was a dream come true. She had been dreaming of singing at the Eurovision Song Contest since her childhood. Together with the VRT, Iris (and record company Sonic Angel) went in search of lyricists and composers. Two songs were finally selected: Safety net and Would you. On Saturday 17 March 2012, Flemish TV viewers made the final choice. When she represents Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, Iris will be singing Would you.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • A simple ballad, very powerful performed. I believe that it is Iris voice that makes this ballad so interesting. It has a strong chorus. Hope it will reach the final! Let's give this a clear seven (7) points.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • The Belgian song starts very promising, naked and genuine. It loses some of its impact halfway through or so, and ends up somewhere between horrible and fantastic, but still I want to give credit to the singer. It won’t reach the left side of the score board, but I wouldn’t be astonished if Belgium reaches the final. It is very borderline so hence, my five (5) points.

Pitchtunes

  • This is a ballad that doesn’t touch you emotionally. Iris is off pitch too many times. Because of this songs “naked” sound her voice needs something extra to shine through. Unfortunately, she doesn’t succeed in doing that. Well, five (5) points will suffice this one though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pGWkV7y6As

Entry Background

Performer: Iris

Composers: Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts

Authors: Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts

Song: Would You?

Language: English

Broadcaster: VRT

 History of the Nation

Like Switzerland, Belgium is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and finished in the bottom position a total of eight times but then again, their results have been quite positive except since the introduction of the semi-final system which has seen them slumber to disaster unfortunately. They have only made it out of the semi-final once, and that was in 2010 with Tom Dice and his song Me and My Guitar who would go onto finish in sixth place at the end of the evening. Last year, they missed out on the final ever so slightly with Witloof Bay and their song With Love Baby finishing in eleventh place. The nation will be hoping that Iris can put her nerves aside and manage to put Belgium through to the final once more hoping that another top ten result could be viable.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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