We have our first participant for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest: Laura Groeseneken has been chosen to represent Belgium in Lisbon. Her song is yet to be revealed.
Two public broadcasters in Belgium alternate their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. RTBF was responsible for arranging the Belgian Eurovision entry in 2017 meaning that it is the turn of Flemmish broadcaster VRT in 2018. Earlier this year, the broadcaster already confirmed that an internal selection would be used to decide Belgium's choice of artist for Lisbon.
Laura's participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was announced on the talkshow Van Gils & Gasten, during which she performed an English version of Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both), Portugal's winning song at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Get to know Laura Groeseneken
Hours ago, under strict embargo, the Eurovision.tv crew met with Belgium's hopeful to talk about what surely will be an adventure of a lifetime for the young singer.
Laura Groeseneken was born in 1990 and comes from Leuven. The singer-songwriter has already worked on several high-profile musical projects including the 50th anniversary celebrations of the James Bond franchise, 007 In Concert. Since 2014 Laura has been performing with with Ozark Henry and together they have appeared at some of Belgium's biggest festivals, including Rock Werchter, which takes place in Belgium every July.
In addition to singing Laura also plays the melodica and piano and alongside Alex Callier wrote the song Gravity for the Belgian group Hooverphonic. The song became known internationally when fashion label Cacharel used it for one of their perfume commercials.
As her day job, Laura works as a visual merchandiser for IKEA. Meanwhile, she is working on her solo career and writes her own songs under the name Sennek. She is also a vocal coach at the music centre Het Depot in the city of Leuven.
At home, music also holds an important place in Laura's heart — the showpieces of her house are two Rhodes pianos. And, not surprising, Laura is a big fan of Scandinavian design and Belgian fashion.
Belgium's building Eurovision success
Belgium participated in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 but has only won once, in 1986, and hosted the contest in Brussels the following year. In recent years Belgium has reversed its fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest having qualified for the Grand Final on four out of five ocassions. Last year Blanche represented the country with the song City Lights, finishing fourth in Kyiv.
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Two years ago, when broadcaster VRT also represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest, Laura Tesoro made it to the Grand Final with What's The Pressure, finishing 10th.
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