Belgium has looked to its younger ranks in a bid to make a splash at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This year they’re sending Eliot Vassamillet – an 18-year-old high school student – to the annual singing competition, hoping to improve on last year’s showing and earn his country a place in the Grand Final.
Here’s everything you need to know about their 2019 participant…
They performed at the contest’s first semi-final (held Tuesday 14th May), but failed to pick up enough votes to qualify for Saturday’s grand final.
Who is Belgium’s Eurovision 2019 entry Eliot Vassamillet?
Despite being a mere 18 years of age and still a high school student, Eliot has already displayed his vocal prowess after entering Belgium’s answer to The Voice, (aptly named ‘The Voice Belgique’) at just 16. His talent saw him through to the first live show where he was eliminated.
What will Belgium’s Eurovision song look like on stage?
Expect to see drums. And lots of them. Eliot’s performance will include two backing singers who spend about half their time beating on some massive congas and the other half flaunting some sticks in the air.
What are Belgium’s odds for winning Eurovision?
Belgium are predicted to qualify for the grand final. But only just: most bookies are predicting a 24th place finish for the singer.
Sennek competed at Eurovision in 2018 but, after Belgium’s three consecutive appearances in the final, she failed to qualify, finishing 12th in the first semi-final (the top ten acts in each go through).