Belgium in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events|
|Best result||4th: 2009|
|Worst result||15th: 2007|
|Belgium’s page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see
Belgium in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Belgium has competed in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest until 2013. The country’s best result was in 2009, when Laura Omloopcame 4th with “Zo verliefd”. Belgium’s worst result was in 2007, with Trustcoming 15th with “Anders”.
Two broadcasters were once responsible for the Belgium entry at Junior Eurovision – as for the Eurovision Song Contest, both Flemishbroadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Walloonbroadcaster Radio télévision belge de la communauté française(RTBF) were responsible for organising the Belgian entry for Junior Eurovision. The two broadcasters shared responsibility, with VRT organising one year, and RTBF organising the following year. In 2003 VRT organised the Belgian entry, sending X!NK to Copenhagen with “De vriendschapsband”, while in 2004 RTBF organised the Belgian entry, sending the Free Spirits to the contest in Lillehammer with “Accroche-toi”.
2005 marked a change to the format, with both broadcasters organising one national final due to the 2005 Contest being held in the Belgian city of Hasselt. Each broadcaster chose six songs to compete in one national final, with the final winner representing Belgium at the contest. The winner was Lindsay Daenen with “Mes rêves”. 2006 returned to the previous format, with VRT organising the entry. Following this RTBF decided to withdraw from Junior Eurovision due to a lack of interest for the contest in Wallonia and in RTBF. This gave VRT total control of Belgium’s Junior Eurovision entry.
Although VRT is a Dutch broadcaster, it has been known for them to include some French songs in their national finals, for example, in 2008. However, since 2006 all Belgian entries have been in Dutch. In 2010, Belgium sent a duo for the first time since their debut. Belgium was also the first country who confirmed to participate in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and 2012.
On 26 March 2013, Flemish broadcaster, VRT, announced that Belgium will withdraw from the contest in 2013, according to sources. On the other hand, their neighbor, the Netherlands, suggested that Belgium could take a one-year break from the contest in order to “NOT disappoint the kids of Belgium.” On 20 December 2013, Belgium’s Flemish TV channel Ketnet announced that they are no longer interested in Junior Eurovision and decided not to make a comeback in Malta.
- Table key
1st place 2nd place 3rd place Last place
|2006||Thor!||“Een tocht door het donker”||Dutch||7||71|
|2009||Laura Omloop||“Zo verliefd (Yodelo)”||Dutch||4||113|
|2010||Jill & Lauren||“Get Up!”||Dutch, English||7||61|
|2011||Femke||“Een kusje meer”||Dutch, French||7||64|
|Did not participate between 2013 and 2016|
Broadcasts and voting
Commentators and spokespersons
The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Belgian broadcasters, VRT and RTBF, send their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Flemish language and Walloon languages. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Belgium. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.
|Year(s)||Flemish commentator(s)||Waloon commentator(s)||Spokesperson|
|2003||Ilse Van Hoecke and Bart Peeters||Corinne Boulangier||Judith Bussé|
|2004||Ilse Van Hoecke and Marcel Vanthilt||Jean-Louis Lahaye||Alexander Schönfelder|
|2005||Ilse Van Hoecke and André Vermeulen||Max Colombie|
|2006||Ilse Van Hoecke and Jelle Cleymans||No broadcast||Sander Cliquet|
|2007||Kristien Maes and Ben Roelants||Bab Buelens|
|2010||Kristien Maes and Tom De Cock||Laura Omloop|
|2011||Jill & Lauren|
|2012||Astrid Demeure and Tom De Cock||Femke Verschueren|
|Belgium did not participate or broadcast between 2013 and 2016|
The tables below shows Belgium’s top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2012:
|2005||Hasselt||Ethias Arena||Maureen Louys and Marcel Vanthilt|