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Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004

Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Country Belgium
National selection
Selection processNational Final
Selection date(s)Semifinals
18 January 2004
25 January 2004
1 February 2004
8 February 2004
Final
15 February 2004
Selected entrantXandee
Selected song"1 Life"
Finals performance
Final result22nd, 7 points
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Belgium was represented by Xandee and the song "1 Life". VRT's (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep, the Flemish broadcaster) organized the Belgian National Final 'Eurosong 2004', which took place on February 15, 2004. Four preselection programmes were produced and broadcast on 18th and 25 January and 1st and 8 February 2004. All five programmes were broadcast from Studio 100 in Schelle and were hosted by Bart Peeters. The automatic favourite "1 Life" triumphed throughout the competition, which included a performance from Barbara Dex who came in last for Belgium at Eurovision 1993.

National Final

Draw Singer Song Points Place
1 Roxane "Television Game" 20 5
2 Barbara Dex & Alides Hidding "One Life" 30 3
3 Elsie Moraïs "Amorè loco" 26 4
4 Astrid "Don't Stop the Music" 8 7
5 Xandee "1 Life" 50 1
6 Raf van Brussel "Chemistry" 14 6
7 Natalia "Higher Than the Sun" 38 2

At Eurovision

For the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, a semi-final round was introduced in order to accommodate the influx of nations that wanted to compete in the contest. Since Belgium placed 2nd in the previous contest year, Belgium automatically qualified to compete in the final.Before ESC, Belgium was considered the favourite to win the whole competition and received a good amount of pre-contest promotion. Xandee even sang the song in a Turkish version for a visit to Istanbul.She performed 13th, following Bosnia and Herzegovina and preceding the Russia However, the performance was considered by many as poor and flat, which may have led to a complete fail during the voting procedure Xandee reproduced her Eurosong performance with a few minor changes, but it didn't seem to help as she only managed 22nd place with 7 points.As Belgium failed to reach the top 12 in the final, the country was forced to compete in the semi-final of the 2005 contest.

Points Awarded by Belgium[1]