Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

Belgium entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 with Vanessa Chinitor and "Like the Wind". The song was selected to represent Belgium at the contest by winning the Belgium national final Eurosong '99.

Eurovision Song Contest 1999
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processEurosong '99
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
7 February 1999
14 February 1999
21 February 1999
Final
28 February 1999
Selected entrantVanessa Chinitor
Selected song"Like the Wind"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result12th, 38 points
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1998 1999 2000►

Before EurovisionEdit

Eurosong '99Edit

Eurosong '99 was the national final that selected Belgium's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999. The competition consisted of three semi-finals that took place on 7, 14 and 21 February 1999, followed by a final on 28 February 1999 where the winning song and artist were selected. All four shows took place at the VRT studios in Schelle, hosted by Bart Peeters and broadcast on TV1.

FormatEdit

Three semi-finals took place on 7, 14 and 21 February 1999. From each semi-final, seven entries competed and the winning entry proceeded to the final. After the semi-finals, the highest scoring second-placed entry also proceeded to the final. The final took place on 28 February 1999 where four pre-qualified entries, the semi-final winners and the highest scoring second-placed entry competed and the winner was chosen. The results of all four shows were determined by five voting groups: a three-member expert jury, a Eurojury consisting of European expats living in Belgium, radio voting in Radio 2 and Radio Donna, and public televoting. Each jury had an equal stake in the result and the public televote had a weighting equal to the votes of a single jury. The results of the radio vote in both Radio 2 and Radio Donna were determined by public televoting, which the public was able to vote a week in advance of each show.[1]

During each of the five shows, the expert jury provided commentary and feedback to the artists and selected entries to advance in the competition. These experts were:

Competing entriesEdit

On 1 November 1998, VRT opened a submission period for artists and composers to submit their songs, with the deadline concluding on 15 December 1998. In addition to the open submissions, VRT also directly invited composers to submit songs as pre-qualified finalists. 199 entries were submitted, and on 12 January 1999, the broadcaster announced the twenty-eight entries selected for the competition.[1]

Artist Song Composer(s) Selection
Alana Dante "Get Ready for the Sunsand" Peter Neefs Open submission
Belle Perez "Hello World" Maribel Pérez, Patrick Renier, Jim Soulier Open submission
Bjorn and Joeri "Je doet wat je doet" Johan de Backer Open submission
Davy Gilles "Waar ben jij" Davy Gilles Open submission
Dominic "Tonight Is the Night" Phil Francins, Luc Smets Open submission
"Love Me" A. Larson, Alain Vande Putte, Filip Martens Open submission
Frank Galan "Dame tu vida" Luigi Bongiovani, Alexander Pascal, Christille, Frank Galan Open submission
K3 "Heyah Mama!" Miguel Wiels, Alain Vande Putte, Peter Gillis Open submission
Laurena "Diamond in Heaven" Peter Keereman Open submission
Margriet Hermans "Ik vaar met je mee" Margriet Hermans, Luigi Bongiovani Open submission
Martine Foubert "Come to Me" Marc Paelinck Open submission
Matadi "Wo-Y-Yè" Jacky De Munck Open submission
Matiz "Negentien" Marc Corrijn, Koen de Beir Open submission
Medusa "Into My Life" Stefan Wuyts Invited by VRT
Nadia "I'm in Heaven" Mike Egan, Paul Vermeulen, Lou Roman Open submission
Natural High "Finally" Marc Paelinck Invited by VRT
Petra "Diep in mijn huid" Miguel Wiels, Alain Vande Putte, Peter Gillis Invited by VRT
Piece of Cake "Do It Again" Collin Pildidch, Luc Smets Open submission
Ricky Fleming "Door jou" Patrick Feustel, Wim Claes Open submission
Sarah "He's the One" Mark Vanhie Invited by VRT
Splinter "Als schepen verwelken" Hedwig Demesmaeker, Frank Truyen Open submission
Vanessa Chinitor "Like the Wind" Emma Philippa-Hjälmås, Wim Claes, Ilia Beyers, John Terra Open submission
Voice Male "This Is My Life" Marc Paelinck Open submission
Wendy Fierce "Never Give Up" Fonny Dewulf Open submission
Yves Segers "Recht vooruit" Yves Segers Open submission

Semi-final 1Edit

The first semi-final took place on 7 February 1999. "Like the Wind" performed by Vanessa Chinitor proceeded to the final.[2]

Semi-final 1 – 7 February 1999
Draw Artist Song Jury Radio Televote Total Place
1 Splinter "Als schepen verwelken" 12 2 4 18 5
2 "Love Me" 6 18 3 27 2
3 Piece of Cake "Do It Again" 6 5 2 13 6
4 Belle Perez "Hello World" 12 8 7 27 2
5 Matadi "Wo-Y-Yè" 4 6 1 11 7
6 Vanessa Chinitor "Like the Wind" 18 9 9 36 1
7 Margriet Hermans "Ik vaar met je mee" 4 14 5 23 4

Semi-final 2Edit

The second semi-final took place on 14 February 1999. "Never Give Up" performed by Wendy Fierce proceeded to the final. "This Is My Life" performed by Voice Male also proceeded to the final as the highest scoring second-placed entry.[2]

Semi-final 2 – 14 February 1999
Draw Artist Song Jury Radio Televote Total Place
1 Bjorn and Joeri "Je doet wat je doet" 6 5 3 14 6
2 Laurena "Diamond in Heaven" 7 8 2 17 4
3 Matiz "Negentien" 10 5 4 19 3
4 Voice Male "This Is My Life" 11 14 7 32 2
5 Davy Gilles "Waar ben jij" 6 6 1 13 7
6 Wendy Fierce "Never Give Up" 18 18 9 45 1
7 Frank Galan "Dame tu vida" 4 6 5 15 5

Semi-final 3Edit

The third semi-final took place on 21 February 1999. "Get Ready for the Sunsand" performed by Alana Dante proceeded to the final.[2]

Semi-final 3 – 21 February 1999
Draw Artist Song Jury Radio Televote Total Place
1 Martine Foubert "Come to Me" 18 3 9 30 2
2 Yves Segers "Recht vooruit" 5 8 2 15 6
3 Alana Dante "Get Ready for the Sunsand" 9 18 5 32 1
4 Nadia "I'm in Heaven" 11 5 7 23 4
5 Ricky Fleming "Door jou" 3 8 1 12 7
6 Dominic "Tonight Is the Night" 12 9 4 25 3
7 K3 "Heyah Mama!" 4 11 3 18 5

FinalEdit

The final took place on 28 February 1999 where the four semi-final qualifiers alongside the four pre-qualified entries competed. "Like the Wind" performed by Vanessa Chinitor was selected as the winner.

Final – 28 February 1999
Draw Artist Song Jury Radio Televote Total Place
1 Wendy Fierce "Never Give Up" 9 16 6 31 2
2 Natural High "Finally" 5 6 2 13 7
3 Voice Male "This Is My Life" 8 12 4 24 5
4 Medusa "Into My Life" 2 5 1 8 8
5 Alana Dante "Get Ready for the Sunsand" 13 9 8 30 3
6 Petra "Diep in mijn huid" 9 4 3 16 6
7 Vanessa Chinitor "Like the Wind" 20 16 10 46 1
8 Sarah "He's the One" 12 10 5 27 4

At EurovisionEdit

Chinitor performed second on the night of the contest, following Lithuania and preceding Spain. "Like The Wind" received 38 points, placing 12th in a field on 23.[3]

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Eurosong 1999". Songfestival.be.
  2. ^ a b c "Eurosong 1999 • semi-finals". 4lyrics.
  3. ^ "Final of Jerusalem 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Jerusalem 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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