Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws made public more details about the Belgium national final for Eurovision 2023. Seven candidates will compete in the Paleis 12 arena in Brussels to represent the country in Liverpool next year.
Eurosong 2023 will be the chosen format to select the Belgian artist and song. Newspaper HLN published the first details of this selection via their podcast De Mediawatchers.
According to the newspaper, the national selection will take place between January 7 till January 14. The selection of the names of the artists and the songs that made it to the national final took place separately. For this selection broadcaster VRT listened “hundreds of demos”.
During this week the seven candidates will perform three different songs. However, they will only sing a song for the final.
Although the list of candidates is still a secret, HLN hinted some of the names that are likely to participate. The main revelation is that Tom Dice could make a return as part of “The Starlings“, a duo act with his partner Kato. Tom Dice already represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010.
Former contestant of Eurosong 2014, Loredana could also make a return. In total there would be five novel acts competing together with “a known candidate”.
There will be a professional jury for Eurosong 2023. However, a 100% televote result will define who is going to Liverpool with the jury just offering their comments during the final. It is not clear yet if there will be international jurors as was the case in Eurosong 2014 and 2016.