Belgium is the first nation to select their Eurovision 2022 entrant, with broadcaster RTBF announcing that Jérémie Makiese will fly the flag.
Jérémie Makiese was born to Congolese parents in Antwerp, Belgium. At the age of 6, he and his family moved to Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, then to Dilbeek. Later on, they settled in Uccle. The town is a bilingual municipality found in the capital, Brussels. Jérémie can speak both Dutch and French.
His mother sings and plays the tam-tam, a type of gong and his father was a member of a choir. At a young age, Jérémie would sing in church, however his passion for music began when he started singing lessons. His father recognised his talent, and registered him into a singing contest at school. He won the competition, and that inspired him to compete in The Voice Belgique.
In the competition, he auditioned with a cover of ‘Jealous’ by Labrinth. All four judges turned their chairs for Jérémie, however he chose Beverly Jo Scott. He went on to win the competition, and subsequently put his studies aside to focus on music and football. The talented singer is also a talented football player, recently being signed to Excelsior Virton.
Now, his focus will be Eurovision 2022. The song he will perform will be released at a later date. For now, watch his blind audition on The Voice below: