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Belgium announces Eurosong 2023 lineup

08 November 2022 at 10:45 CET
Jérémie Makiese represented Belgium in Turin in 2022
Belgian broadcaster VRT has revealed the lucky 7 artists vying for a spot in Liverpool, when the 67th Eurovision Song Contest heads there next May.

Ameerah, Chérine, gala dragot, Gustaph, Hunter Falls, Loredana, and The Starlings will compete on Saturday 14 January in Paleis 12 on Eén.

Host Peter Van de Veire will be on hand to make sure Eurosong 2023 runs smoothly, and will once again provide expert commentary for Flanders at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. 

Over the summer, VRT appealed to the music industry to enter Eurosong 2023, and 7 were selected. Each artist will present two songs of their choice. The artist who will ultimately perform at the Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed during a big live show, as viewers at home and a professional jury, decide who will represent Belgium.

Ameerah will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

Ameerah

Ameerah (39) is the stage name of Astrid Roelants. She was discovered during the first edition of Idool 2003 and took part in the Eurosong preselections the following year. Ever since she saw Sandra Kim win when she was only three years old, she dreamed of performing on the big stage at the Eurovision Song Contest. However, she had to put her dream on hold for a while. 

For her debut album, Astrid worked with international producers and signed on with an American label. She moved to Los Angeles where she contributed to the international music industry in glamorous Hollywood. Astrid started working as a songwriter with and for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Jay Sean and DJ Tiësto. Under her stage name Ameerah, her first single, The Sound Of Missing You, reached the top three of the Billboard dance charts USA, and was the start of an international career. 

Chérine will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

Chérine

Chérine (27) describes herself as a spirited, enthusiastic chatterbox. Flanders got to know her in The Voice van Vlaanderen 2017. She was part of Alex Callier's team and made it to the live shows. Afterwards, Chérine participated twice in The Voice France, La plus belle Voix (2019 and 2022). She is trilingual and fluent in Dutch, English and French. 

Earlier this year, this young artist also took her chance as one of the finalists on MNM Rising Star. Chérine writes her own songs, has a great sense of melody and is a perfectionist. Life hasn't always been easy for her and her songs tell her personal story. 

17-year-old gala dragot is the youngest artist to participate in Eurosong 2023. Two years ago she was the winner of The voice kids and released her first single 'contagious'. 

gala dragot will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

gala dragot 

gala dragot comes from an artistic family. Her father Robert Aliaj Dragot is one of the most prominent figures in the Albanian showbiz world and a contemporary artist. Both her parents have always encouraged gala dragot to be inspired by different forms of art. She is a student at the secondary School of Arts, plays the piano, paints and has a passion for film. 

gala dragot likes to emulate artists such as Massive Attack, Björk, David Bowie and Rosalía. But she also has a great love for classical composers such as Ravel, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

Gustaph will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

Gustaph

Gustaph (Stef Caers, 42) wrote his first song when he was only seven years old. At the age of nineteen he scored a hit with his first single Gonna Lose You, a song that he produced and wrote himself.

His soulful voice is popular both nationally and internationally. For six years he sang with the band Hercules & Love Affair, which had a worldwide hit in 2006 with 'Blind'. And Gustaph also has experience when it comes to the big Eurovision stage. As a backing singer, he has already participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twice: in 2018 in Lisbon with Sennek and in 2021 in Rotterdam with Hooverphonic, where he was also Geike Arnaert’s voice coach. 

For the past year he has been working on his own material. Gustaph believes his catchy new songs are perfect for the Eurovision Song Contest - and this time not as backing, but right there in the foreground, in the spotlight. 

Hunter Falls will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

Hunter Falls

Hunter Falls is the stage name of Tchiah Ommar Abdulrahman, a 27 year old young man from Leuven. He has been singing since he was six. Tchiah has Kurdish roots. His parents fled the war in Iraq and arrived in Belgium in 1991. 

In 2013, Hunter Falls took part in The Voice van Vlaanderen competition and in 2017 he came third in the first edition of MNM Rising Star. Earlier that year he made the national press when he drove his mobile sofa through the streets of Leuven to promote his first single 'On The Move'. 

Hunter Falls’ music is best described as melodic pop flavoured by his international roots, and childhood memories of Sweden and London. In addition, he has already released three catchy dance singles together with Peter Luts. His stage name refers to his belief that you should chase your dreams and not wait for things to fall into your lap, as well as to his favourite season of the year, autumn. 

Loredana will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

Loredana

Loredana De Amicis (36) is no stranger to the Eurosong world. In 2014 she took part in the preselections with Pat Krimson as 2 Fabiola with She's After My Piano. Although they were not selected, they did win the Radio 2 Summer hit that year. 

Loredana has been passionate about music from an early age. When she was 16 she participated for the first time in the RTBF talent show Pour la Gloire. That was also her very first TV appearance. In 2008 she started as a singer with 2 Fabiola. With this dance formation, Pat and Loredana have already scored several hits. She is also working hard on her solo career. 

Loredana has had a great year: she celebrated her thousandth performance with 2 Fabiola, came second as a Knight in The Masked Singer and was one of the acts in Liefde voor Muziek together with Pat. She has always dreamed of performing in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Starlings will compete in Belgium's Eurosong 2023 VRT

The Starlings

The Starlings consist of Tom Dice and Kato Callebaut (32 and 31 years old). These two singer-songwriters  had breakthroughs on the stages of the biggest talent competitions: Tom in X Factor and Kato in Idol 2011. They both finished in second place and Kato won the Radio 2 Summer hit 2011 with her single The Joker

Kato, who became famous playing a ukulele, first heard Tom play his guitar in the middle of the excitement of the Song Festival. During the grand final in 2010 Tom captivated the whole of Europe with an excellent performance: he won his semi-final and came sixth with 'Me & My Guitar'. This is still the best Flemish result ever achieved. 

Tom and Kato's paths crossed regularly and it soon became apparent that their voices go together incredibly well. However, in 2018 the flame ignited and The Starlings was born. Their popularity grew thanks to Liefde voor muziek and their first hit, Little Submarine. In the meantime, the duo is married and they have made two albums. 

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