Belgium is continuing its preparations for Eurosong 2023. As the artists gear up for the final in January, Angus speaks to Gustaph, who is one of the artists competing in the national selection. Gustaph and Angus talked about his musical inspirations, the amazing atmosphere at Eurovision, and finding joy in your identity.
Gustaph is the stage name of Belgian singer, musician, and producer Stef Caers. He also has released music under the pseudonym Steffen, including hit single “Gonna Lose You”, released in 2000. Gustaph has some Eurovision experience under his belt already. He was the backing singer for Belgium in 2018 and 2021, the latter of which qualified to the final. Besides working in front of and behind the microphone, Gustaph also teaches music at University College Gent and University College PXL.
Belgium’s Eurovision journey
Belgium was one of the debutant countries at the beginning of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956. Back in 1956, countries could submit two songs, and for Belgium that year, ‘Messieurs les noyes de la Seine’ by Fud Leclerc and ‘Le plus beau jour de ma vie’ by Mony Marc represented the nation. To this day we do not know the final results of Eurovision 1956.
Belgium have taken part in every Eurovision Song Contest since 1956; however they have only ever won once; in 1986 with Sandra Kim singing the song ‘J’amie la vie’, scoring 176 points. In 2022, Belgium was represented by Jérémie Makiese with the song “Miss You”. Makiese came 19th scoring 64 points in the Grand Final.
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