Belgium’s Roberto Bellarosa wants no regrets after his performance of Love Kills at Eurovision 2013

By Steven Oldham 

Belgium’s Roberto Bellarosa wants to have no regrets after his performance of Love Kills at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden next week. 

The 18-year-old winner of The Voice Belgique will perform in Tuesday’s first semi-final with the aim of qualifying for the grand final a week on Saturday. 

He first took to the stage in Sweden for first rehearsals yesterday and went through his routine four times. 

He said: “Whatever happens, it is important for me to put on a good performance with no regrets. 

Rehearsals were quite stressful. The arena is very big and it will be the most people I have performed to. I am happy with how it went though and I think I will surprise a lot of people next week.” 

Since being announced as Belgium’s entry in December, Love Kills has been shortened, revamped and remixed, with Roberto flying for the first time to Finland to record the final version. 

The teenager – who has always wanted to perform on the Eurovision stage – is attempting to be only the second Belgian act to qualify for the main show since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004. 

While recent years have been lean, Belgium won the contest in 1986 and have finished second five times, most recently in 2003. 

Each participating country can only vote in one semi final, and Roberto is performing in the one that UK viewers can vote for their favourites. So why should we vote for him?

 He said: “People should vote for me because Love Kills is a song with great potential because it is powerful and emotional. I have worked very hard to get here and want to do well. 

Other than my own song, my favourite in this year’s contest is Russia’s entry What If. I met their singer Dina Garipova and she was very kind.” 

You can watch the video for Love Kills at the bottom of this article. The song is available to download via iTunes here 

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Photo courtesy of Guy Kokken and Eurovision, with thanks 

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