Gustaph wins 'Eurosong 2023' in Belgium with 'Because of You'14 January 2023 at 22:11 CET
Saturday evening saw 7 songs compete in Belgium's first national final to select a Eurovision Song Contest entry since 2016. Triumphing on the night was the song Because of You, after a show-stopping performance by Gustaph enticed voters its way.
The winner was decided based on both a public televote and a jury vote, with a 50/50 weighting shared between them. The 15-member jury included 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak, 2021 Eurovision Song Contest co-host NikkiTutorials, and both Laura Tesoro and Jérémie Makiese, who represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 and 2022 respectively.
Coming live from the Palais 12 in Brussels, Gustaph's performance on the night was a hit with both the televoters and the juries.
Because of You ended the night with a winning tally of 278 points; a 1-point lead over the runner-up The Starlings.
You can listen to the other 6 songs that competed at Eurosong 2023 right here.
Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest
Belgium is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest, participating in the very first competition in 1956. Two public broadcasters in Belgium alternate their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest; RTBF, the French-language broadcaster and VRT, the Flemish broadcaster. It was VRT that hosted Saturday night's Eurosong 2023.
Belgium's Sandra Kim won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 when she was only 13 years old. As a result, the Belgians hosted the contest in Brussels the following year. Following the introduction of Semi-Finals in 2004, Belgium has so far been featured in 8 Grand Finals. In the past decade, Belgium has finished in the Top 5 at the Grand Final twice, including its 2017 participation with City Lights by Blanche.
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