In Belgium, Flemish broadcaster VRT and Walloon broadcaster RTBF take turns in selecting the candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest. For 2010, it's VRT's responsibility to find the singer for Europe's favourite TV show.
Tom Dice was selected internally at the end of last year, which marked an end to VRT's selection format with several semi-finals and a final. This had served as the broadcaster's way of selecting the Belgian entry since 1999.
The reason for the change is, according to VRT, that the winning entries, even though the national selection has been quite popular in the country and the songs have been successful in the national charts, the entries have not done very well at the Eurovision Song Contest itself.
Then it was time for Tom to introduce his song in a special show which included dance performances, and there was also time for Tom Dice to perform his own version of the Leona Lewis' hit Bleeding Love! Also, many interesting guests gave Tom advice on what and how to do in Oslo. The evening ended with him singing his entry Me And My Guitar.
Ever since he can remember, the twenty-year-old Tom has been working on his music. He started his music career at music school but soon realised he longed for something else. He taught himself how to play the guitar and wrote his very first song when he was twelve years old. At age fifteen Tom started his own band, The Dice. That name now lives on as Tom’s stage name.
Tom has always had a special relationship with his fans. Already well-known in his home region, one of his local fans entered him for the auditions of the Belgian edition of talent show X Factor in 2008. Not only did Tom Dice make it to the show, thanks to his magnificent voice and his fans’s never-ending support, he survived all eleven live TV shows and finished second. By June of the same year Tom released his first single, a moving acoustic version of Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love. The single was an instant success in Belgian hit charts.
Talking about the production of their entry, the composer of it Jeroen Swinnen says: "I didn’t work in the usual way for the final version of the song, first recording drums, bass and other instruments and only then the singing at the end. I first recorded Tom’s performance, and then had these great musicians play to his recording."
So for all of you wondering who that mysterious Belgian guy really is, we have just one word of advice; listen to his song … and you will know! He'll perform tenth in the first Semi-Final on the 25th of May in Oslo, Norway.