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Single by Urban Trad
B-side Get Reel
Released 2003
Genre Modern Celtic
Length 03:01
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Yves Barbieux
Producer(s) Yves Barbieux,
Nicolas Vandooren
Eurovision Song Contest 2003 entry
Yves Barbieux
Yves Barbieux
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Sister" (2002)   
"1 Life" (2004) ►

"Sanomi" was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which ranked second in the Contest, performed in a constructed language by the six-piece band Urban Trad.

This was the second time that Belgium finished as the runner-up, the first being Jean Vallée with "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie" in 1978, and it was also the country's best placing in the Contest since Sandra Kim's victory with "J'aime la vie" back in 1986.

The song was the twenty-second in the running order of the Contest, following Latvia's F.L.Y. with "Hello From Mars" and preceding Estonia's Ruffus with "Eighties Coming Back". At the close of voting, it had received 165 points, placing second in a field of 26.


  • The song 1
  • Versions 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Charts 4
  • Sources and external links 5
  • References 6

The song

The song is remarkable for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most readily apparent is that it was the first occasion that a song in a constructed language had been performed at the Contest (prompting the famous remark of BBC commentator Terry Wogan "They've got 4 languages in Belgium and they're singing in an imaginary one, the very essence of the Euro"[1]).

Further, the song is remarkable for having featured in one of the closest finishes in Contest history, ultimately finishing with just two fewer points than the eventual winner (Sertab Erener with "Everyway That I Can" for Turkey) and only one point above third-placed Russia (t.A.T.u. with "Ne Ver', Ne Boysia").


Two versions of the song exist on record. One was the standard album version (4:08) and another version was released on single and on the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 compilation album. Often known as the 'Eurovision edit', it cut down to 3:01 and it had Soetkin Collier's vocals removed.

This arose because a few months before the contest, the selectors dropped singer Soetkin Collier on the advice of the Belgian security services, who claimed that she'd had extreme right sympathies in the past.[2] Collier vigorously denied the claims, and later that year after an investigation it was concluded that the accusations were exaggerated and based on outdated information.

Track listing

  1. "Sanomi" (Eurovision Edit)
  2. "Get Reel"


Chart (2003) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 3

Sources and external links

  • Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 2003.
  • Detailed info and lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "Sanomi".


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Belgium bans 'neo-Nazi' Eurovision singer", 21 Feb 2003, The Telegraph
  3. ^ " – Urban Trad – Sanomi" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ " – Urban Trad – Sanomi" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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