The Ukrainian 2004 Eurovision winner Ruslana has today announced that she will be one of the judges, aka experts, in the Belgian pre-selection, Eurosong 2014.
She joins Piet Goddaer and Jef Martens in the jury, the fourth member is still unknown. These experts will guide the artists during the competition and in the castings and semi-finals also decide which of them qualify for the next stage. In the national final, however, the experts don’t have any power as the eventual representative is chosen by the audience together with European jury.
National final on March 16
Eurosong consists of two stages with the first one being to determine the 12 singers who will compete in the semifinals. Then, the artists will be divided into three semifinals, two qualify for the final from each show.
The dates for Eurosong are as follows:
2.2 & 9.2 – In these castings, the candidates perform a former Eurovision entry for the experts, four from each show qualify.
16.2 – Those eight who didn’t qualify will get a second chance as they will again sing a former Eurovision song. Four of them qualify.
23.2, 2.3 & 9.3 – Semifinals (50/50 televoting/experts)
16.3 – National final, the winner is decided by the ‘European jury’ and the audience.