BELGIUM

"Waarom" - Jacques Raymond

The Belgian Final was held on February 16th. The winning song was chosen by a combination of an "expert" jury and a public jury. There were 9 semi-finals before the final with 12 singers participating, and in each semi-final the three top placed songs went forward to the next semi-final. To qualify for the final you had to "survive" 3 semi-finals. Bob Benny qualified for the final with 2 songs - "Mijn kleine blauwe zwaluw" ("My little blue swallow") & "Boerenwals ("Peasant waltz") - the first of these was disqualified as he released the lyrics of the song one day before the official deadline. In protest he performed "Boerenwals" with the lyrics of "Mijn kleine blauwe zwaluw" and consequently got disqualified with that song as well. The singers that did not qualify for the final were Enny Denita, Chris Ellis, Will Ferdy, Freddy Sunder, Jean Walters & Staf Wesenbeek - if you have details of the semi-finals then please mail me: national_finals@hotmail.com

1 Saksisch porselein Porcelain from Saxen Lize Marke 247

4th

2 Er speelt een orgel An organ is playing Rina Pia 274

3rd

3 Zo mooi So beautiful Jo Leemans 241

5th

4 Con amore With love Lieve Olga 186

6th

5 Waarom Why Jacques Raymond 292

1st

6 Luister naar de wind Listen to the wind Lize Marke 289

2nd

Jacques Raymond came 10th at the ESC. He previously took part in the 1961 Belgian Final.

1963 NATIONAL FINALS