Belgians hopeful of a place in the Eurovision final
The Flemish band Ishtar will defend the Belgian colours at the semi-final of Eurovision on Tuesday night.
20 May 2008
BELGRADE - The Flemish band Ishtar will defend the Belgian colours at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday night.
Ishtar will play in the semi-final in the Belgradsk Arena. The band hopes they will be among the lucky ones that get through to the final on Saturday.
Ishtar hopes to make its mark with the song "O julissi". It's written and sung in a non-existent language that sounds rather Slavonic.
Ishtar musician Michel Vangheluwe is confident.
He says that the band is well-prepared for Tuesday night: "During the rehearsals it felt great standing on the large podium".
The Belgians will play against a curly background inspired by climbing plants in which the main colours are white, pink and purple.
Björn Verdoodt, the VRT official who is in the Serbian capital Belgrade together with the band says everything went right form the start, camera positions, the sound and the headsets.
The Belgians are a hit with the people of Serbia. A performance in a busy shopping street attracted a lot of attention.
The Serbians were also impressed when singer Soetkin Baptist sang a Serbian favourite with hardly any accent.
Belgium is sixth in the line up. Ishtar plays after San Marino, but before Azerbaijan.
"Without a chance"
Not everybody is convinced that the Belgians will do well on Tuesday.
The online bookmakers Unibet had Ishtar down as a 100 to 1 outsider to win the final in Belgrade.
Belgians have done poorly in recent years. Kate Ryan and "Je t'adore" stranded in the semi-final and Belgian entry Krazy Mess Groovers in 2007 were little better.
Urban Trade finished second in 2003 and Sandra Kim with "J'aime la vie" came in first in 1986.
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