Belgium: Jérémie Makiese releases his song 'Miss You' for Eurovision 2022
Almost six months to the day after being announced as Belgium's representative in Turin and after much speculation, it's now official: Jérémie Makiese will perform 'Miss You' on the Pala Alpitour stage this May.
Jérémie, 21, was born in Antwerp to Congolese parents and rose to fame after winning The Voice Belgique in 2021. In addition to his victory in the 9th edition of the francophone TV talent show, he is also a skilled footballer (playing in goal) and a geology student (although he has currently suspended his studies to focus on his other talents!).
'Miss You' received its first airplay moments ago on this morning's VivaCité breakfast show 'Le 8/9' and is set to be performed for the first time live at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam on 9 April.
In addition to providing his soulful vocals, Jérémie wrote and composed his song. He explained that it is the product of a lot of work and sacrifices and spoke of his parents' pride at his achievement.
Jérémie was drawn to compete in the second half of the second semi-final taking place on Thursday, 12 May.
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
2022 will mark Belgium's 63rd participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, over six decades after its debut at the inaugural edition in 1956.
Sandra Kim's bop 'J'aime la vie' in 1986 remains the country's only win to date, and Belgian entries have had very mixed success over the past ten Contests, with five failures to qualify for the Grand Final outweighing three consecutive top 10 results from 2015 to 2017.
Last year, Hooverphonic's 'The Wrong Place' did make it to Saturday night but scored just three points in the televote and placed 19th.