Belgium was represented by Nathalie Sorce, with the song ‘ »Envie de vivre« , at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Stockholm on 13 May. Sorce was the winner of the Belgian national final for the contest, held in Brussels on 18 February.
French-language broadcaster RTBF was in charge of the selection of the Belgian entry for the 2000 Contest. The national final was held in Studio 6 of RTBF, hosted by Jean-Pierre Hautier. Ten songs competed to become that year’s Belgian entrant, to be chosen by public televoting. For the purposes of announcing the results, the country was split into six regions: Brussels, four in the Francophone provinces (the votes from the provinces of Namur and Luxembourg were combined and announced together) and one termed the « Rest of Belgium », covering the five Dutch-speaking provinces where viewing figures were likely to be much lower. Each region announced the actual number of televotes received, rather than converting them into the Eurovision 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12 format. Sorce emerged the winner by a margin of over 3,500 votes.
Although it did not affect the outcome, there was initially some degree of uncertainty about the disproportionately high number of votes to Sabrina Klinkenberg from the province of Liège, but RTBF subsequently confirmed that it was correct, citing the fact that Klinkenberg was a native of that province as the most probable explanation, and pointing out that Sorce had also received an exceptionally high number of votes from her home province of Hainaut.
|Draw||Artist||Song||Lyrics (l) / Music (m)||Televotes||Place|
|1||Maria Canel||« Et si… »||Maria Canel Ferreiro (m & l), Patrice de Matos de Morais (m)||2,518||10|
|2||Géraldine Cozier||« Ma voie »||Geraldine Cozier (m & l), Cécile Delamarre (m & l), Pascal Noel (m & l), Philippe Libois (m & l)||8,371||5|
|3||Gerlando||« Rêve »||Fernando de Meersman (m), Hughes Maréchal (l)||4,002||9|
|4||Sabrina Klinkenberg||« Tout ce que je suis »||Alexis Vanderheyden (m), Jacques Broun (l)||11,085||3|
|5||La Teuf||« Soldat de l’amour »||Alec Mansion (m & l)||6,216||6|
|6||Mezzo Mezzo||« Belgicanos »||Silvio Pezzuto (m & l), Michel Ianiri (m), Juan Gonzalez (m)||10,750||4|
|7||Christel Pagnoul||« Pour la vie »||Francis Goya (m), Ralph Benatar (m), Christel Pagnoul (l), Valérie Weyer (l)||6,066||7|
|8||Frédéric Reynaerts||« Le nomade m’a dit »||Frédéric Reynaerts (m & l)||17,774||2|
|9||Nathalie Sorce||« Envie de vivre »||Silvio Pezzuto (m & l)||21,362||1|
|10||Triana||« Donne »||Roberto D’Angelo (m & l), Filippo di Maira (m & l)||5,270||8|
|Tout ce que je suis||292||809||393||7906||114||1571||11085|
|Soldat de l’amour||290||727||731||1489||146||2833||6216|
|Pour la vie||340||681||221||742||456||3626||6066|
|Le nomade m’a dit||956||2497||1988||3137||2225||6971||17774|
|Envie de vivre||910||8305||2243||3360||950||5594||21362|
On the night of the final Sorce performed 10th in the running order, following Russia and preceding Cyprus. A somewhat shrill and at times off-key vocal performance, combined with a much-criticised choice of outfit, contributed towards an ignominious result, with only 2 points received (from the unlikely source of Macedonia) and a last place finish of the 24 entrants, the eighth time that Belgium had finished at the foot of the Eurovision scoreboard. The 12 points from the Belgian televote were awarded to Latvia.
Points Awarded by Belgium
Points Awarded to Belgium
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
(Note: Entries scored out are when Belgium did not compete)
(Note: All information are in order of appearance