From Sunday's semi-final in Belgium, the following contestants advanced to the national final:
Chloé - Just One Chance
Alexandre Deschamps - Elle Merveille
Syla K. - Simple Love
Thayss N' Bau - Somewhere With You
The Blazing - Our Way
J Cool - Dans Ma Chanson
.fen - Yes I Know
Nelza - Be My Friend
Steve Linden - C'est La Musique
Clac et Les Portes - Claquer Les Portes
Sarina - Rien En Apparence
Kaptain Oats - Reset
Gautier Reyz - Addiction
Witloof Bay - With Love Baby
Caused by a raised interest
Today's semi-final was caused by the unexpectedly great interest for the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgium. In the autumn of 2010, a web-based competition was held by AKA Music, a company that promotes artists and puts them in contact with producers. The competition stated that any act who managed to raise 20,000 euros would qualify to take part in the next phase of the national selection. In the end, no less than 30 acts qualified to this stage, and as such it was decided that this pre-selection round would take part. It was broadcast as a three-hour show on the radio station VivaCité, with live performances from all 30 contestants.
The 14 final contestants were decided by a 50/50 split between televoting along with Internet voting and a professional jury. All 30 entries can be viewed and listened to at the AKA Music Eurovision portal.
Final show in two weeks
This year, it is the turn of the Walloon and Francophone broadcaster RTBF to decide the Belgian entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The 14 entries chosen in this pre-round will take part in a televised final called Qui? A vous de choisir!, organised by RTBF on the 12th of February. Here, 50/50 tele- and juryvoting will decide who will represent Belgium at this year's edition of he Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany on the 10th, 12th and 14th May.
Belgium enjoyed considerable success in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. Tom Dice performed Me And My Guitar and finished sixth in the Final with 143 points. He won the first Semi-Final, held four nights before.