Ammerah: I love the Eurovision Community | Exclusive Interview

After the announcement of her participation in this year’s national final of Belgium, Eurosong 2023, Ameerah gave an exclusive interview to EurovisionFun‘s Paschalis.

Ameerah is among the finalists of this year’s Eurosong and will try to represent her country at Eurovision 2023 with one of her two songs, “The Carnival” and “Armageddon“.

Preselecties voor het Eurovisiesongfestival 2023 in Liverpool. Wie gaat voor België naar het Eurovisiesongfestival?


I was born in Belgium and I have been living in the US for the last ten years. I write music for other artists and myself.

I hadn’t realised that people outside Belgium knew my song (The Sound of Missing You) and I was surprised to listen to it in other countries!

I’d like to come sing in Greece since I’ve never been there!

Thanks to a friend who is a singer and actor who told me that there was a call for songs. I love Eurovision and decided to participate! I worked with Zach Poor and Morgan Taylor Reid, we sent the songs and they were selected!

About her two songs

They were written for Eurovision. Eurovision isn’t that known in America, so I showed them videos of past winners so that we could create a song that would convince everyone within three minutes. 

It’s hard to choose a song. Carnival is an earworm, while Armageddon is something different, it starts as a ballad and afterwards it goes to a completely different direction. If I myself had to choose I wouldn’t be able to do it!

You are going to see a lot of wow-factor!

About the other Eurosong participants

I like a lot of songs! When we listened to the other artists’ songs they were all good. No matter who wins, we are going to have a very good song at Eurovision this year!

Her favorite past Eurovision entries

Sandra Kim since she won! I also like Loic Nottet, Tom Dice and Jeremie Makiese as well. 

Euphoria for sure, ABBA’s Waterloo and Volare.

I’d love to collaborate with ABBA who are legends, though I know that this is impossible.

Her message to Eurovisionfun

I love the Eurovision Community! You are die-hard fans, you look for the voice, the act, how everything looks and for me as an artist that’s what’s all about! Thank you for your love and I hope to meet you soon!

Watch the interview with Ameerah here:

We would like to thank Ameerah and wish her luck in her Eurovision Journey that has just begun!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for more interviews and news about Eurovision 2023! 

Belgium: These are the contestants of Eurosong 2023!

Despite qualifying for the final twice in a row, the mid-table results made the public broadcaster of Belgium, organise a national final in order to select their representative for Eurovision 2023. In January 14, Eurosong 2023 will take place, in which seven artists will compete for the ticket to Liverpool.

Earlier today, Belgium’s public broadcaster revealed the names of the contestants that will take part in Eurosong 2023:

  • Ameerah is a Belgian singer, who writes and compoese her own songs, initally known by the name “Astrid”. Her greatest success was the song “The Sound of Missing You” sung alongside the Wildboyz which managed to reach the top 3 of USA Billboard Hot Dance Airplay.
  • Cherine became widely known to the Belgian public through her participation to “The Voice 2022”, in which she managed to reach the Live Shows with her unique voice. Her styles reminds of the country’s song for Eurovision 201 and 2018.
  • Gala Aliaj Dragot is the winner of “The Voice Kids 2020” and claims the country’s representation yet again with an indie pop style of songs. Gala managed to stand out through her mature voice desoite her young age and in the final she won by performing the song “Make you feel my love”! Right after the contest, she released a single named “Contagious“.
  • Gustaph is a singer from Flanders has taken part in numerous festivals and he has worked alongside many internationally known artists. He has produced  many songs for a number of record labels in his country having experience in the field.
  • Hunter Falls is a Belgian composer who specialises in aerial productions and all of his songs belong in the indie pop field and are very well produced.
  • The Starlings are a duet with a very special sound and romantic lyrics. Their last song is called “Get to You” and is a great example of their music. One of the members of th eduet is Tom Dice, who represented Belgium in Eurovision 2010 with the song “Me and My Guitar” and ended up in 6th place.
  • Loredana De Amicis was one of the contestants of the Belgian version of “The Masked Singer” dressed up as the Ridder and made an impression with her impressive vocals.

Belgium was represented in Eurovision 2023 by Jérémie Makiese with the song “Miss You” ending up in 19th place in the Grand Final for the second year in a row:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Belgian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Belgium: “Eurosong 2023” in February with 7 participants and 14 songs!

According to the Dutch-speaking Belgian news website Het Laatste Nieuws, the public broadcaster, VRT, is aiming for a new format for Eurosong 2023. Specifically, seven artists are to participate with each competing with two songs.

Mid-February final?

It is not yet known how many shows will make up the Belgian national selection process. Although Het Laatse Nieuws stated that the final is expected to take place mid-February, Belgian website replied that the process will start in spring 2023 with the final taking place at Palais 12 in Brussels.

This year Belgium competed in Turin, Italy with Jérémie Makiese and the song Miss You which came 8th from the second semi-final and in the grand final they finished in the 19th place with 64 points


Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news about Belgium and Eurosong 2023!

Belgium: VRT is going to select the national final participants, no open registration!

Through the summer, Belgian national broadcaster VRT has shown its intention for selecting the country’s representative for Eurovision 2023 through a TV national final. However, today it was confirmed that there will be no open registration for the interested artists but VRT is going to choose the participants of its national final!

Gerrit Kerremans, music coordinator at VRT, has revealed at that due to the late decision for a national final – Eurosong 2023, there won’t be an open registration for those interested. Instead, the competing participants for Belgium’s representation at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest will be directly selected by the Flemish-speaking Belgian national broadcaster VRT, which has already came into contact with record labels and artists that it wants to attend Eurosong 2023.

The dates are still unknown, along with the remaining information for the national final, because all those are going to be clarified through official announcements. The widely known newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws has mentioned that Eurosong 2023 is going to take about five to seven weeks, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

This is the first time since 2016 that Belgium will hold a national final for selecting its representative at the contest. “The Voice Belgique” winner Jérémie Makiese represented Belgium in Eurovision 2022 with the song “Miss You” that finished 19th at the Grand Final with 64 points in total.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news!


Eurovision 2022: Belgium’s Second Rehearsal!

Belgium and Jeremie Makiese with his song ‘Miss You’ is the next country to rehearse for today. During his first rehearsal, Jérémie appeared on stage in a silver jacket and accompanied by four dancers. The staging featured cool dance moves and great vocals. The belgian delegation comes once again on stage, this time for their second rehearsal.

The Second Rehearsal

Jeremie’s rehearsal starts with shots on himself doing some moves. He wears a silver jacket, he looks great in the street-style clothes. In the chorus, he is accompanied by 4 dancer dressed in black. His dance moves are similar to the video clip ones. Vocally he could have been better. Not a sure qualification for Belgium.

In the third run-through he complains about sound problems.

Watch the exclusive clip of the second rehearsal through the cameras:



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Belgium: Jérémie Makiese’s song to be released on March 10th!

Radio stations VivaCité and MNM have announced the release date of the Belgian song for the Eurovision Song Contest. On 10 March we will discover the song with which Jérémie Makiese will represent Belgium.

The release of Jérémie Makiese’s song is scheduled for Thursday 10 March. French broadcaster RTBF reports that Jérémie will be a guest on its VivaCité radio program. This morning show runs from 8AM to 9AM CET and can also be watched on the Belgian national TV channel, La Une. There, he will present his song as well as the accompanying video clip. There is also a strong possibility that the song will be heard simultaneously on the MNM station.

One week ago, the young singer-songwriter posted a teaser of his song on his official Instagram account.

He is the fifth consecutive former contestant of The Voice Belgique chosen by RTBF to represent Belgium and the first winner of the show since Roberto Bellarosa in 2013 to represent the country. Jérémie had declared his interest in going to Eurovision in an old interview.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Belgian participation in Eurovision 2022!

Belgium: Artist reveal on Wednesday 15 September!

The host city of Eurovision 2022 may still be unknown but Belgium‘s artist for this year’s edition is about to be revealed really soon. As it has been announced, the artist that is going to represent the country will be known in this Wednesday, September 15.

The national TV of the country is not planning on a press conference but the reveal will take place on “8/9” show, with the artist being a secret guest, in La Une (TV) and Vivacite (Radio) at 8:40 CT. The song, however, is not going to be revealed yet.

Last but not least, there are some rumors online that the country’s representative will be the winner of the Voice, Jérémie Makiese.

Do you think that Jeremie is a good choice? Could he achieve a higher result than the 19th place Hooverphonic achieved last year? Let us know in the comments below!

Belgium: Luka Gruysberghs left The Hooverphonic. Geike Arnaert returns!!

Unexpected breaking news received a few moments ago.  The Hooverphonic replaced their current lead singer Luka Gruysberghs with their former one Geike Arnaert, with whom they achieved most of their success.

The Hooverphonic in the simple press release they issued a while ago express their grief for the replacement of Luka, but also their enthusiasm for the return of Geike, with whom they have preserved excellent relations,  through all these years since she left the band.

We met. We started talking. All three of us were willing to work together again, so we felt we had to do it. She is still the core of Hooverphonic.

The seed was planted a long time ago. Geike called me for something practical. The conversation was very pleasant. I told her we were preparing for the 20th anniversary of “The Magnificent Tree” and it suddenly turned out that we were looking forward to working together again. The split in 2008 was certainly not hostile, as many have said and written.

Alex Callier 


Geike Arnaert, who works solo since 2008, is very excited for her coming back and says:

We wanted to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the album together. It’s a weird feeling. I return to this with great pleasure. I do not know how the fans will react. But it looks very good to me. I will fit my own story in the songs again.

Geike Arnaert


For the forced leaving of Luka, Alex Callier, the leader of the band, states that it is a bittersweet decision, but she will remain the composer, if she wants to.

Of course it’s a little bittersweet for Luka. She is an excellent singer, no doubt on that. We had three wonderful years with her. But our collaboration ends here. We have traveled all over Europe and the United States and had many unforgettable moments together. We continue to support her with all of our heart. She will release a solo single from Universal and if Luka wants, of course I will continue to accompany her.

Alex Callier


The Hooverphonic with Geike Arnaert as lead singer released probably their biggest success, Mad About You .

Given the aforementioned developments it is self-evident that Geike will also be on the stage of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for Belgium.





Belgium: Hooverphonic – “We are looking forward to 2021”

Hooverphonic will take part in Eurovision 2021 Song Contest for Belgium! VRT, RTBF and the band agreed to this. Recall that the contest would normally take place in May, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 virus crisis. However, the band will have to look for a new song.
The news that the Eurovision Song Contest will be postponed for a year has emerged on Wednesday. The 65th edition of the contest was scheduled to take place in Rotterdam from 12 to 16 May 2020, but was canceled due to the risk of transmission of the virus. The intention is that Rotterdam will remain the venue for next year, but that is not certain yet.

The VRT and RTBF, which alternately select the candidate, agreed that Hooverphonic will have the opportunity to represent Belgium and 2021, with a new song as requested by all participating countries.

Olivier Goris, Een’s CEO says:

“The cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest was a blow to everyone, but also an understandable and right decision. It highlights the great and difficult times we are experiencing and we are very grateful to our colleagues at RTBF for their willingness to maintain VRT involvement in 2021”

While the band on its part stated:

“It’s nice to have such a quick confirmation that we can go to Eurovision next year. We are still looking forward to doing so. We will now take the time to see how we can prepare for May next year.”

Hooverphonic for 2020, with “Release Me”:

Belgium: Hooverphonic to Thessaloniki,Greece for a unique night

Hooverphonic, the band that will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2020, are returning to Thessaloniki after many years for a unique night full of successes loved by the Greek public on Friday 13 December at Fix Factory Of Sound.

The Belgian band has had a special place in our hearts ever since it first appeared on European music, with more recent proof of their excellent appearance at Release Athens festival last June.

Responsible for some of the most wonderful tunes we’ve heard in the last 25 years, Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts have managed to combine elements of alternative rock, electro-pop, trip-hop, dream-pop with a romantic cinema aesthetics.

At the same time, their big gun is a young singer, 18-year-old Luka Cruysberghs. With tremendous vocal abilities, she managed to color their sound instantly, ideally rendering both new and old band material, which we saw in the summer.

Who are the Hooverphonic?

Hooverphonic is a Belgian band formed in October 1995. The band was originally called Hoover, but later changed its name to Hooverphonic after discovering that other bands were already using the Hoover name.

On October 10, 2008, Geike Arnaert, the band’s lead singer, announced that she would leave the band by the end of the year to pursue her solo career. Hooverphonic’s last concert with Geike took place on December 13, 2008 at Tele-Club in Russia.

On October 29, 2010, Hooverphonic announced the release of their new single, as well as their new lead singer, Noemie Wolfs. On March 26, 2015, Hooverphonic announced that Noémie Wolfs would leave the band “by mutual agreement”. In April 2018, Hooverphonic introduced their new singer, Luka Cruysberghs.