Belgium is one of the very first participants of the Eurovision Song Contest. The participants are picked alternatively by the Flemish and Walloon parts of the country. On average, the Walloon (French-speaking) entries have been more successful. Belgium won once with thirteen-year-old Sandra Kim in 1986 with J'aime la vie, and came a close second twice (in 1978 and 2003).
The last few years have been largely successful for Belgium, especially because both the Flemish and the Walloons are focusing on young talents who performed a modern song under the guidance of a renowned pop composer. Thus, Loïc Nottet (2015) and Blanche (2017) each earned a fourth place.
Translation: Phoebe Todd