Axel Hirsoux wins the Belgian ticket to Copenhagen!

Axel Hirsoux wins the Belgian ticket to Copenhagen!
Axel Hirsoux, winner of Belgium's Eurosong 2014. Photo: Sabina Pijpers (VRT)
Antwerp, Belgium -

Tonight, in an impressive production from VRT, Belgium chose Axel Hirsoux with the song Mother written by Rafael Artesero and Ashley Hicklin as its representative for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.

Tonight, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, the Grand Final of the Belgian national selection, Eurosong 2014, took place where 6 acts competed for the right to represent Belgium at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen in May.

There could, however, only be one winner and this was Axel Hirsoux with the song Mother after impressing the viewers and juries with a great performance.

Each of the acts went through a long and exciting journey to get to tonight's show, starting will casting rounds and culminating in this spectacular Grand Final while listening to the valorations of the professional jury made up by 2004 Eurovision winner Ruslana from Ukraine and local experts Bart Peeters, Piet Goddaer and Jef Martens.

The Acts

These are the six acts that qualified for the final of Eurosong 2014, which tonight took place at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp:

  1. Yass - Need You Tonight
  2. SIL - What's The Time In Tokyo
  3. Udo - Hero (In Flanders Fields)
  4. Bandits - One
  5. Eva Jacobs - Nothing Is Impossible
  6. Axel Hirsoux - Mother

The voting

Tonight the result was made up of votes split 50:50 between the televote and 7 international juries from Azerbaijan, Denmark, Ireland, F.Y.R. Macedonia, The Netherlands, Spain and Belarus. After they casted their votes this was the result:

  1. Axel Hirsoux 74
  2. Yass 58
  3. Eva Jacobs 52
  4. Bandits 42
  5. Sil 32
  6. Udo 22

The expert panel was present during tonight's show but only in an advisory capacity, unlike in previous shows, but they could mention their one favourite and they all agreed in naming Axel Hirsoux as their favourite.

The juries and public had the same total of 280 points each to give out. This is how the televote was spread:

  1. Axel Hirsoux 160
  2. Bandits 48
  3. Eva Jacobs 37
  4. Yass 19
  5. Udo 10
  6. Sil 6

Making the final score look like this:

  1. Axel Hirsoux 234
  2. Bandits 90
  3. Eva Jacobs 89
  4. Yass 77
  5. Sil 38
  6. Udo 32

Watch again

If you missed tonight's show or simply want to watch it again, you can visit our WebTV whenever you like to see Eurosong 2014 and many other shows on-demand.

Read more

We have been covering the Belgian selection, all the way from the first casting rounds until tonight's show. You can read all about it in our articles below:

Belgium will participate in the first Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen on the 6th of May.


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  • Posted on 23 March 2014 at 10:12
    Some people really don't understand or get the lyrics. This isn't about a grown man wheeping for his mother nor has this song anything to do with being in love with your mother (some people are pathetic thinking that), this is a tribute to all mothers out there. I do realise some don't have a good connection with his/her mother and I am truely sorry if that is the case. The older you get, the more you gonna appreciate your mother and the fact that she is still there. She and only she is the only reason you were born in the first place. Without her, you wouldn't be here. She is a save haven, a beacon of light, someone who will always be there untill she dies, someone who loves you unconditionally no matter what you have done, someone who will always be proud of you...do I need to go on? I'm a grown woman with a daughter of my own and a very happy marriage and I am so glad my mother is still alive and I can still go 'home'. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2014 at 00:10
    The juries will absolutely adore this song. But will the public like it. Not sure. I think it will all come down to how Axel performs on the big night. It all depends on how the performance turns out. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 14:09
    Good luck Belgium, really like this song and the singer. All the best from the UK. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 13:00
    in these times of war,hate,agression it's so nice to hear this emotional song with
    a message: mother u are important and with u i can find silence and peace..
    you who put me on this earth,you give me the chance to make the best of it and to enjoy it!
    I saw the live show in Antwerp, the performance was brilliant.
    I hope that Europe thinks the same and that we all give attention to the person
    who is giving us unconditional love: our mother!
    See u in Belgium next year?

    Yvan,Brussels report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 11:29
    Beautiful song and amazing voice! I see a lot of people are jealous of our song according to the comments below :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 11:15
    good luck my country report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 00:25
    its so sad a grown man weeping about his mother ..
    i thouht its a mediterenean pathology men attaching to their mothers wich is really annoying for their wifes especially !
    personally i always despised mothers day ..
    not to the final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 22:49
    Really beautiful :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 15:43
    I really enjoyed this, but only because it was so over the top, and also kinda creepy. Made me think of Elijah Wood's character in "Maniac" :P ...with a touch of "it puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again". report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 10:32
    I'm so sorry, but i don't like this song too... This is not bad sang, no! But i think that this song can't be winner, and even can't be in TOP-10. Boring, sorry! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 19:51
    I must admit this song is really deep report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 18:54
    beautiful song. good luck belgium report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 18:45
    I love the song. And I hope it´ll do very very very well in Copenhagen ... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 18:33
    i do not like this song and i think it is over the top BUT as someone mentioned 'every one of us has a mama' and there is lot's of mama stuff in our lifes, so .... maybe.
    i thought Eva Jacobs was the very very very best. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 16:52
    Will score around place 5 in final. and that will be deserved.
    Denmark will win again for sure. report to the moderator