BELGIUM – According to the weekly magazine TV Familie, there are rumours going on about a possible return of Eurosong, the Flemish Song Contest preliminary round.
Niels Destadsbader, who switched from VTM to VRT, would be ready to present a new edition of the preselection in 2023.
In a response to Songfestival.be, the public broadcaster stated that it “wants to focus on entertainment and relaxation, but that nothing concrete can be announced yet about the selection of the VRT candidate for the Songfestival.”
Anyone who read TV Familie last week already knows: certain sources would have told the editors that the Flemish public broadcaster VRT is considering reselecting the 2023 Belgian Song Contest entry via Eurosong.
The presenter has apparently already been chosen: Niels Destadsbader. He has recently been under contract with VRT and would present several live shows there.
Destadsbader can currently be heard on Radio 2 and will be the face of the six Zomerhit shows together with Siska Schoeters. That is the only thing that has been announced about the plans with Niels for the time being.
Is the public broadcaster making a turnaround for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest? In their response, VRT neither confirms nor denies.
“Each edition we look at the best way to select our candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest. This has already happened via pre-selections via a TV show and via an internal selection. It is true that we want to focus more on entertainment and relaxation – that came up as a request from a large survey among the Flemish. We will schedule this relaxation in various ways: just think of Hotel Romantiek that can be seen this autumn, or the new daily quiz that will start soon. Music shows also fit in with this, for example, One and Radio 2 will be performing six Zomerhit shows from the coast next summer. At the moment we cannot announce anything concrete about the selection of our VRT candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest, but of course, we will share news about this later.”
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