Based on a quick scan of the Belgian Facebook universe, these are the five most popular Belgian celebrities:
- Martial artist and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. "Muscles from Brussels" does have an international audience, too.
- Comedian and actor Francois Damiens, even more popular than JC Van Damme if you count his character Francois Lembrouille's page too.
- [EDIT] Singer Stromae (thanks for the tip, Sam Feys)
- Stand-up comedian Philippe Geubels
- Actor and comedian Benoit Poelvoorde
Criteria I used:
- Being a Belgian celebrity of some kind.
- Having over 100,000 "likes" on their "official" Facebook Page.
Special mentions for these two fictional characters:
- Kabouter Wesley (a series of comics and short animated cartoons about a grumpy and violent gnome - 162,330 fans)
- Het is ook uw vader he (refers to a fictional character in a tv ad for telco Belgacom - 123,108 fans)
Anyone I missed?
Tomorrow: Belgium's favourite pastimes as based on Facebook Likes.