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Belgium’s Eurovision entry falls at the first hurdle

This year’s Belgian entry for the Eurovision for the Eurovision Song Contest has failed to qualify for the final of the competition. 18-year-old Eliot’s rendition of the song “Wake Up” was not among the 10 song’s to go through from Tuesday evening’s first semi-final.  Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia all qualified.         

Last year, Belgium’s Sennek also failed to make it to the final with her song “A Matter of Time”.   

Tuesday’s semi-final took place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Israel is the host country of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest having won last year’s competition with Netta’s song Toy. 17 countries took part in what was the first semi-final. Belgium’s Eliot was the first to take to the stage.

The 18-year-old singer from Mons in Hainaut province failed to make much of an impression. He had wanted to use his song as a vehicle to make young people wake up to the issue of global warming.

However, dressed in an oversized jacket by the designer Walter Van Beirendonck he came over as rather unsure and lacking confidence. His singing was at times even out of tune and the backing singers gave little added value to the song. 

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