Belgium: ESC 1988 representative Joseph Reynaerts passes away

Belgium: ESC 1988 representative Joseph Reynaerts passes away
Thursday, 05 November 2020

  • Sad news for the Eurovision community as Joseph Reynaerts who has represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 in Dublin with Laissez briller le soleil (Let the sun shine) passed away at the age of 65 .

    The Belgian ESC 1988 act, singer Joseph Reynarts was hospitalized last week, affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Unfortunately the Belgian act didn't make it and died. 


    About Joseph

    Joseph Reynaerts was born on July 24, 1955 in Seraing. After a somewhat tumultuous youth, he had embarked on the song, in particular to the boss of Amay. Five years later, he obtained a certain consecration by winning - with the song Cerf-Volant - the first prize of the Festival de la chanson de Spa, tied with … Renaud!

    He then published some 45 Tours in the early 80s - Not Enough (1982), Vorrei (1983), Vague Ideas (1984), Oublie-moi (1985) - as well as a 33 Tours titled Voyages disorganized (1985), this times under the name of Reynaert.

    Joseph came to fame in Wallonia after winning the  the French song festival in Spa. Ten year's later he went on representing Belgium in Eurovision 1988 with the song Laissez briller le soleil  co-written with singer Philippe Anciaux. Joseph in Dublin, Ireland came 18th receiving only 5 points from France.


    After the contest he became director of the cultural center of Flémalle at the end of the 90s. He had resigned for health reasons in 2008. Recovered, he then headed the cultural center of Soumagne.

    Lets rememeber Joseph's performance on the Eurovision 1988 stage: