Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973
Belgium was represented by Nicole & Hugo, with the song '"Baby, Baby", at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Luxembourg City on 7 April. "Baby, Baby" was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held at the Amerikaans Theater in Brussels on 25 February. Nicole & Hugo had won the 1971 Belgian preselection with the song "Goeiemorgen, morgen", but days before the contest Nicole had fallen ill and was unable to travel to host city Dublin, so Jacques Raymond and Lily Castel had been drafted in as last-minute replacements.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1973|
|Selection date(s)||25 February 1973|
|Selected entrant||Nicole & Hugo|
|Selected song||"Baby, Baby"|
|Final result||17th, 58 points|
|Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest|
The 1973 national final took place on 25 February, with five acts performing two songs apiece. The winner was chosen by seven expert jurors who each named their favourite song, and "Baby, Baby" was the choice of four of them.
|1||Nicole & Hugo||"Baby, Baby"||4||1|
|2||Nicole & Hugo||"Jij en ik en wij"||0||4=|
|3||Liliane Dorekens||"Kus, kiss, kuss"||0||4=|
|5||Rita Deneve||"Ga met me mee"||0||4=|
|6||Rita Deneve||"Vrede voor iedereen"||2||2|
|7||Ann Christy||"Bye Bye"||1||3|
|9||Kalinka||"Home Sweet Home"||0||4=|
|10||Kalinka||"Nooit ga ik van je heen"||0||4=|
On the night of the final Nicole & Hugo performed second in the running order, following Finland and preceding Portugal. Among the backing singers was Claude Lombard, Belgium's 1968 Eurovision entrant. At the close of the voting "Baby, Baby" had received 58 points, placing Belgium last of the 17 entries, the fourth time the country had finished at the foot of the Eurovision scoreboard. Notwithstanding the bad result however, the couple's outrageously camp styling and performance have ensured that "Baby, Baby" has over the years gained cult status amongst Eurovision fans. Several clips from the performance were shown during Eurovision's 50th anniversary TV gala Congratulations in 2005, culminating in a live appearance by the pair, wearing their infamous purple 1973 outfits and performing an abridged version of the song. "Baby, Baby" remains an iconic Eurovision performance, far better remembered than hundreds of songs which finished much higher up the scoreboard.