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First two finalists found in Belgium

23 February 2014 at 22:38 CET

Tonight at the Videohouse in Vilvoorde, the Belgian national selection, Eurosong 2014, continued in earnest with four acts competing for two places in the Grand Final, which will take place at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp on the 16th of March. 

The result was decided by both the televote and the professional jury. 

The qualifiers

Tonight the following two acts qualified to the Grand Final:

  1. Eva Jacobs - Nothing Is Impossible
  2. Udo - Hero (In Flanders Fields)

The participants

Six acts took part in tonight's extravaganza from Vilvoorde. These were (qualifiers in bold):

  1. Day One - Who Ever You Are
  2. Eva Jacobs - Nothing Is Impossible
  3. Udo - Hero (In Flanders Fields)
  4. Petra - Killer Touch

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Ruslana and the masked band

Tonight was special for many reasons, but there were two things that stuck out. The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana, sat on the jury together with Bart Peeters, Piet Goddaer and Jef Martens. In Istanbul, she won with the song Wild Dances, which has become iconic all over Europe. 

Another unique element to tonight's competition was the band Day One, made up of masked musicians of whom no one knows their identities. There has been much speculation in the Flemish press about who these people may be, with many people suggesting 2006 Belgian representative, Kate Ryan is the lead singer. 

Belgium will take part in the first Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen on the 6th of May.