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Belgium’s prospects for Eurovision glory in 2013 were decided on a lunchtime radio show back in December where internally selected candidate Roberto Bellarosso offered up three choices. It’s an unorthodox procedure for place in a Contest where so much depends on the visual but singing without being seen is nothing new for Roberto who won the Belgian version of The Voice where judges first decide upon a blind audition. Thankfully for Eurovision he’s also a bit of a looker, with his chiselled cheekbones and trendy fringe and eyebrows that are threatening to outdo Farid’s from Azerbaijan. The song has undergone a bit of a makeover since the selection and whilst never quite being brilliant, it’s not at all bad. It has a hint of something early 80s about it, the synthesised chords I think, and reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on. Belgium struggles at Eurovision, only having won once back in 1986 with Sandra Kim’s J’Aime La Vie, and has no real natural allies to give them the benefit of cultural voting trends, although Roberto’s native Italy does vote in his semi which might help him. He’s going to need it, and his chances rest as much with how well or poorly his fellow semi-finalists fare as with himself, though I still think qualifying would be more of a surprise than a given at the moment.
My scores: 7 points