Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processEurosong 2014
Selection date(s)Casting:
2 February 2014
9 February 2014
Call Back:
16 February 2014
Semi-finals:
23 February 2014
2 March 2014
9 March 2014
Final:
16 March 2014
Selected entrantAxel Hirsoux
Selected song"Mother"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify
(14th, 28 points)
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2013 2014 2015►

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected through the national final Eurosong 2014, organised by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Axel Hirsoux performed the Belgian entry "Mother" written by Rafael Artesero and Ashley Hicklin. The song failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 14th and scoring 28 points.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Eurosong 2014[edit]

Eurosong 2014 was the national final that selected Belgium's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The competition consisted of two casting shows that took place on 2 and 9 February 2014, a Call Back round on 16 February 2014, three semi-finals on 23 February, 2 March and 9 March 2014 followed by a final on 16 March 2014 where the winning song and artist were selected. All shows were hosted by Eva Daeleman and Peter Van de Veire and broadcast on Eén.[1] This marked a return to a national final selection procedure by VRT, who last organised a televised multi-artist national final in 2008, opting instead for internal selections in the years between.[2]

Format[edit]

Two casting shows were aired on 2 and 9 February 2014. Both shows were filmed on 3 December 2013. Thirty artists were given the opportunity to audition in front of a panel of four experts without an audience by performing a cover version of a past Eurovision Song Contest song. Each show introduced fifteen artists and four directly proceeded to the semi-finals, while an additional four artists proceeded to the Call Back round.[3] The Call Back round took place on 16 February 2014, eight of the eliminated artists had another opportunity to advance and four proceeded to the semi-finals by the expert panel and public televoting. The semi-finals took place on 23 February, 3 March and 9 March 2014 where each artist presented their candidate Eurovision song. From each semi-final, four artists competed and two proceeded to the final by the expert panel and public televoting. The final took place on 16 March 2014 where the winner was chosen by seven international jury groups and public televoting.

During each of the seven shows, the expert panel provided commentary and feedback to the artists and selected entries to advance in the competition. These experts were:[4]

Competing entries[edit]

VRT opened two separate applications forms: one for artists and another for lyricists and composers to submit their songs. Artists were able to apply to participate individually or in a group of up to six people, and were required to submit a video recording of them performing a cover version of a past Eurovision Song Contest song. The submission deadline for artists and songs concluded on 14 October 2013 and 28 October 2013 respectively.[5] Thirty artists were selected and sixteen songs were selected and matched with the sixteen artists that proceeded to the semi-finals and Call Back round. The four contestants that failed to proceed from the Call Back round (White Bird, Jessy, Mr. Jones and Joyce) did not perform their candidate songs.[6]

Artist Song Composer(s)
2 Fabiola feat. Loredana "She's After My Piano" Ovidiu Jacobsen, Phillip Halloun, Simen Eriksrud, Cecilie Harboe
Axeela "Chasing Rainbows" Bernd Klimpel, Dimitri Ehrlich, Lauren Amaris
Axel Hirsoux "Mother" Ashley Hicklin, Rafael Artesero
Bandits "One" Tony Adams Rosa
Day One "Whoever You Are" Yves Gaillard
Eva Jacobs "Nothing Is Impossible" Mick Lee, Pernille Georgi, Chris 'Ruff Diamond' Robinson
Jessy "Beautiful" Jessy De Smet, Yves Gaillard, Tim Burkes
Joyce "I Think I" Joyce Lemmens, Robbe Tom Balis, Wouter Vander Veken
Mr. Jones "Still Believe" Patrick Hamilton, Vincent Pierins, Tom Eeckhout
Nelson "Wild Side" Nelson Moraïs, Yves Gaillard
Petra "Killer Touch" Georgie Dennis, Christopher Wortley, Paul Drew, Greig Watts, Pete Barringer
SIL "What's The Time In Tokyo" Marcella Detroit, Marcus Winther-John, Paul Drew, Greig Watts, Pete Barringer
Tisha Cyrus "Kitty Cat" Big John Snr, Yves Gaillard
Udo "Hero (In Flanders Fields)" Pokka Jr., Nadge, Udo Mechels
White Bird "Fire and Ice" Tom Helsen, Yannick Fonderie
Yass "Need You Tonight" Yass Smaali, Yves Gaillard, Ashley Hicklin, Leon Paul Palmen, Rupert Blackman

Casting Show 1[edit]

The first casting show aired on 2 February 2014 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.[7] Ruslana was unable to attend due to her involvement in the pro-European Union protests in Ukraine. Each artist performed a cover version of a past Eurovision Song Contest song and the expert panel selected four to directly proceed to the semi-finals and four to proceed to the Call Back round.[4]

Casting Show 1 – 2 February 2014
Draw Artist Song (original artists) B. Peeters P. Goddaer J. Martens Average Place Result
1 Joyce "Mister"1 (Sergio & The Ladies) 88 78 79 82 5 Call back
2 The Exclusive Strings "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (Lordi) 72 64 68 68 15 Eliminated
3 White Bird "Fly on the Wings of Love" (Olsen Brothers) 84 79 77 80 8 Call back
4 Eva Jacobs "In Your Eyes" (Niamh Kavanagh) 86 85 86 86 3 Semi-finalist
5 The Fuckuleles "Waterloo" (ABBA) 76 80 73 76 10 Eliminated
6 Jessy "Euphoria" (Loreen) 86 82 75 81 7 Call back
7 Gracious Wild "In Love for a While" (Anna Rossinelli) 76 76 65 72 12 Eliminated
8 Violet Sky "Door de wind" (Ingeborg) 76 73 69 73 11 Eliminated
9 Axel Hirsoux "Tu te reconnaîtras" (Anne-Marie David) 86 82 83 84 4 Semi-finalist
10 3M8S "Only Teardrops" (Emmelie de Forest) 75 75 62 71 14 Eliminated
11 Nelson "Glorious" (Cascada) 90 89 80 86 2 Semi-finalist
12 Elvya Dulcimer "Sweet People" (Alyosha) 76 70 69 72 12 Eliminated
13 2 Fabiola feat. Loredana "My Number One" (Helena Paparizou) 84 81 79 81 6 Call back
14 Di Stephano "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie (Jean Vallée) 80 79 75 78 9 Eliminated
15 Udo "Ne partez pas sans moi" (Celine Dion) 96 95 89 93 1 Semi-finalist
1.^ Performed as "Sister" by the original artist.

Casting Show 2[edit]

The second casting show aired on 9 February 2014 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.[8] Ruslana was unable to attend due to her involvement in the pro-European Union protests in Ukraine. Each artist performed a cover version of a past Eurovision Song Contest song and the expert panel selected four to directly proceed to the semi-finals and four to proceed to the Call Back round.[4]

Casting Show 2 – 9 February 2014
Draw Artist Song (original artists) B. Peeters P. Goddaer J. Martens Average Place Result
1 Soulbrothers "Puppet on a String" (Sandie Shaw) 74 66 65 68 13 Eliminated
2 Mr. Jones "Standing Still" (Roman Lob) 84 82 74 80 8 Call back
3 SIL "Where Are You?" (Imaani) 86 85 80 84 6 Call back
4 Aelia "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" (France Gall) 74 66 65 68 14 Eliminated
5 Tisha Cyrus "Düm Tek Tek" (Hadise) 90 86 81 86 3 Semi-finalist
6 Yass "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (Marie Myriam) 92 89 85 89 2 Semi-finalist
7 Day One "Satellite" (Lena) 91 89 75 85 5 Call back
8 Dina Rodrigues "Ne partez pas sans moi" (Celine Dion) 72 72 70 71 12 Eliminated
9 Andrei Lugovski "In a Moment Like This" (Chanée & N'evergreen) 76 75 74 75 10 Eliminated
10 Bastien "Fly on the Wings of Love" (Olsen Brothers) 82 78 76 79 9 Eliminated
11 Maureen "Ding-a-dong" (Teach-In) 77 75 69 74 11 Eliminated
12 Manuel Palomo "Eres tú" (Mocedades) 66 60 62 63 15 Eliminated
13 Axeela "Believe" (Dima Bilan) 88 84 83 85 4 Semi-finalist
14 Bandits "Geef het op" (Clouseau) 88 81 80 83 7 Call back
15 Petra "All Kinds of Everything" (Dana) 94 92 89 92 1 Semi-finalist

Call Back[edit]

The Call Back round took place on 9 February 2014 at the Videohouse in Vilvoorde. Each artist performed a cover version of a past Eurovision Song Contest song and the expert panel and a public televote determined the top four to proceed to the semi-finals.[5][9]

Call Back – 16 February 2014
Draw Artist Song (original artists)[10] B. Peeters P. Goddaer J. Martens Ruslana Jury Average Place Result
1 White Bird "Love Shine a Light" (Katrina and the Waves) 88 84 75 80 82 5 Eliminated
2 Jessy "Je t'adore" (Kate Ryan) 78 80 60 60 70 6 Eliminated
3 Mr. Jones "My Star" (Brainstorm) 72 65 50 50 59 7 Eliminated
4 Bandits Medley2 95 87 80 86 87 1 Semi-finalist
5 Joyce "Save Your Kisses for Me" (Brotherhood of Man) 78 70 55 70 68 8 Eliminated
6 Day One "Nocturne" (Secret Garden) 95 98 80 90 91 3 Semi-finalist
7 SIL "J'aime la vie" (Sandra Kim) 93 92 81 90 89 2 Semi-finalist
8 2 Fabiola feat. Loredana "Euphoria" (Loreen) 90 80 65 65 75 4 Semi-finalist
2.^ Medley of "Anne" originally performed by Clouseau (from the 1989 Belgian national final), "Jennifer Jennings" originally performed by Louis Neefs and "Only Teardrops" originally performed by Emmelie de Forest.

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 23 February 2014 at the Videohouse in Vilvoorde. Each artist performed their candidate song for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and the expert panel and a public televote determined the top four to proceed to the final.

Semi-final 1 – 23 February 2014
Draw Artist Song B. Peeters P. Goddaer J. Martens Ruslana Jury Average Place Result
1 Day One "Whoever You Are" 96 98 80 85 90 3 Eliminated
2 Eva Jacobs "Nothing Is Impossible" 95 90 90 90 91 1 Finalist
3 Udo "Hero (In Flanders Fields)" 85 70 69 75 75 2 Finalist
4 Petra "Killer Touch" 86 75 68 70 75 4 Eliminated

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 2 March 2014 at the Videohouse in Vilvoorde. Each artist performed their candidate song for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and the expert panel and a public televote determined the top four to proceed to the final.

Semi-final 2 – 2 March 2014
Draw Artist Song B. Peeters P. Goddaer J. Martens Ruslana Jury Average Place Result
1 Axeela "Chasing Rainbows" 88 78 72 85 81 4 Eliminated
2 Yass "Need You Tonight" 95 90 80 92 89 2 Finalist
3 2 Fabiola feat. Loredana "She's After My Piano" 90 80 75 90 84 3 Eliminated
4 SIL "What's The Time In Tokyo" 96 95 87 95 93 1 Finalist

Semi-final 3[edit]

The third semi-final took place on 9 March 2014 at the Videohouse in Vilvoorde. Each artist performed their candidate song for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and the expert panel and a public televote determined the top four to proceed to the final.

Semi-final 3 – 9 March 2014
Draw Artist Song B. Peeters P. Goddaer J. Martens Ruslana Jury Average Place Result
1 Nelson "Wild Side" 92 84 72 85 83 3 Eliminated
2 Axel Hirsoux "Mother" 98 100 99 100 99 1 Finalist
3 Tisha Cyrus "Kitty Cat" 88 60 50 75 68 4 Eliminated
4 Bandits "One" 97 88 78 95 90 2 Finalist

Final[edit]

The final took place on 16 March 2014 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.[4] The expert panel participated in the final solely in an advisory role. Seven international jury groups consisting of five members each and a public televote determined the winner, "Mother" performed by Axel Hirsoux.[11] The public and the jury each had a total of 280 points to award. Each jury group awarded points as follows: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points. The public vote was based on the percentage of votes each song achieved through the following voting methods: SMS and online voting. For example, if a song gained 10% of the public vote, then that entry would be awarded 10% of 280 points: 28 points.[12][13]

Final – 16 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Yass "Need You Tonight" 58 19 77 4
2 SIL "What's The Time In Tokyo" 32 6 38 5
3 Udo "Hero (In Flanders Fields)" 22 10 32 6
4 Bandits "One" 42 48 90 2
5 Eva Jacobs "Nothing Is Impossible" 52 37 89 3
6 Axel Hirsoux "Mother" 74 160 234 1

At Eurovision[edit]

Axel Hirsoux during the first semi-final dress rehearsal
Axel Hirsoux on stage with dancer Isabelle Beernaert

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Belgium was drawn to compete in the second half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[14] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Belgium would perform 10th, following Ukraine and preceding Moldova.[15] Belgium failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 14th in a field of 16 songs and scoring 28 points.

On stage, Axel Hirsoux was joined by one female dancer: Isabelle Beernaert. The Belgian performance featured Axel performing the song and the dancer performing gentle choreography.[16]

In Belgium, both the semi-finals and final were broadcast on één and Radio 2 with commentary in Dutch provided by Peter Van de Veire and Eva Daeleman.[17] All three shows were also broadcast on La Une with French commentary provided by Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys.[18] The Belgian spokesperson revealing the result of the Belgian vote in the final was Angelique Vlieghe.[19]

Points awarded to Belgium[edit]

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

Points awarded by Belgium[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprise the Belgian jury:[20]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The Belgian votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[21]

Semi-final 1 – Belgian Results
Draw Country B. Savenberg L. Van den Bruel R. van Acker Y. Fonderie W. Van der Veken Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 13 15 14 14 15 15 1 8 3
02  Latvia 5 14 11 9 5 9 6 6 5
03  Estonia 6 8 10 13 6 8 13 11
04  Sweden 1 1 9 2 3 2 5 3 8
05  Iceland 15 12 2 3 1 5 10 7 4
06  Albania 4 9 8 5 14 7 9 9 2
07  Russia 8 5 12 4 9 6 12 10 1
08  Azerbaijan 11 6 13 10 8 11 14 14
09  Ukraine 3 4 4 6 7 3 7 4 7
10  Belgium
11  Moldova 14 11 7 7 12 12 15 15
12  San Marino 10 13 6 15 13 14 8 12
13  Portugal 12 7 5 11 10 10 4 5 6
14  Netherlands 9 2 3 8 2 4 2 2 10
15  Montenegro 7 10 15 12 11 13 11 13
16  Hungary 2 3 1 1 4 1 3 1 12

Final[edit]

The Belgian votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[22]

Final – Belgian Results
Draw Country B. Savenberg L. Van den Bruel R. van Acker Y. Fonderie W. Van der Veken Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 1 11 7 5 6 5 13 7 4
02  Belarus 19 17 26 9 17 17 23 22
03  Azerbaijan 18 16 22 11 8 16 26 24
04  Iceland 26 12 6 6 5 11 16 13
05  Norway 16 18 20 17 20 18 10 14
06  Romania 8 7 17 18 16 13 5 6 5
07  Armenia 21 26 25 24 19 25 1 11
08  Montenegro 20 19 18 15 22 19 24 25
09  Poland 25 25 24 25 26 26 4 16
10  Greece 24 20 15 22 25 23 7 17
11  Austria 7 6 1 7 1 3 3 1 12
12  Germany 17 15 13 19 10 15 20 19
13  Sweden 3 2 10 2 2 1 6 2 10
14  France 23 24 23 20 9 21 21 23
15  Russia 9 14 14 12 15 12 15 12
16  Italy 22 21 19 21 21 22 18 21
17  Slovenia 14 13 12 10 18 14 25 20
18  Finland 5 8 8 3 3 4 14 8 3
19  Spain 13 3 9 14 12 10 9 9 2
20   Switzerland 11 23 16 23 23 20 12 18
21  Hungary 2 9 3 1 7 2 8 4 7
22  Malta 12 5 2 16 11 9 19 15
23  Denmark 6 10 4 8 4 6 11 5 6
24  Netherlands 10 4 5 13 13 8 2 3 8
25  San Marino 15 22 21 26 24 24 22 26
26  United Kingdom 4 1 11 4 14 7 17 10 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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