Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!
We are kicking off this series with Belgium, one of the original nations of Eurovision! Although they have had some questionable entries over the years (which you can recap again in our Best of the Bunch here), their recent results are overall very positive. The string of good results kicked off with Loïc Nottet, who finished in 4th place with his unique but confident entry Rhythm Inside. That sets the scene, but now let’s get into the Trials!
With a Top 5 position the year previous, the pressure was on for Belgium to prove that it wasn’t just a one off. The responsibility was put onto Laura Tesoro, who very confidently performed her entry What’s the Pressure which proved to be another hit with the Eurovision audience. Qualifying in third position from the semi-final, it put Laura in a good position for the final, and she ended up delivering another Top 10 result for Belgium, finishing exactly on 10th with 181 points.
Let’s rewind back to 2017, where Belgium yet again became instant favourite in the lead up to the contest once their entry City Lights was released. It would be performed by Blanche, a young artist with a unique voice that would be different to anyone else’s in the competition. The support for the song at times felt a bit wavering, but the results proved that Belgium was once again serving up an entry worthy of a Top 5 position. Blanche qualified into the final at 4th position, and she also finished up in 4th position in the final with a total of 363 points.
This is still pretty fresh in the mind since the competition ended not too long ago, but in case you’ve already forgotten, Sennek was chosen to represent Belgium in 2018. She was one of the first acts to be announced for the latest season of Eurovision, but left her song reveal until later on, but it was worth the wait. It was a strong alternative entry that fits in with the recent path that Belgium have taken at Eurovision, and the hopes were high for Sennek and for Belgium. Come semi-final time, perhaps her performance didn’t quite resonate well with voters, and unfortunately Belgium were left behind in the semi-final for the first time since 2014.
So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!
If you want more Best of the Bunch from Belgium, check out our original series:
If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here: