Our next Eurovision preview takes us to the land of chocolate, waffles, chips and too many governments. It’s Belgium!!!
Belgium was one of the seven countries that took part in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. They will take part for the 59th time this year. They have only won once, when Sandra Kim sang “J’aime la vie” in 1986. She is the youngest winner in history at 13 years old (although her song stated that she was 15!). Last year, Laura Tesoro scored Belgium second consectutive top 10 placing, by finishing tenth in the final with “What’s the Pressure?”.
The selection of Belgium’s entry alternates between two broadcasters, the French-language Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) and the Dutch-language Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). RTBF was in charge this year. They internally selected Blanche to represent the coutnry in Kyiv.
Blanche (Ellie Delveaux) was born on June 10th 1999 in Brussels. She first came to provenience during the fifth season of The Voice Belgique. She made it to the second week of the live shows. Since her appearance on the show, she has uploaded several covers to YouTube. Her entry for Kyiv “City Lights” was written by Pierre Dumoulin along with Blanche herself. Dumoulin also composed the song.
Belgium is turning into a Eurovision powerhouse. This song is something else. Blanche’s mesmerising vocals are complimented by deep synth beats. The instrumentation is very minimal but the song does not need any more. It is one of more contemporary entries this year. If the song is performed right on the night and the staging doesn’t ruin it, Belgium could well achieve their ever elusive second victory.
What Could Have Been
Blanche is the fifth consecutive Belgian participant to have participated in one of the two Belgian versions of The Voice (one for the Dutch-speaking part and one for the French-speaking part). However, Belgium’s talent pool is far bigger than one televised competition. Enter model and singer, Barbara Opsomer. Her 2015 single Je sors ce soir (I’m going out tonight) is a poppy offering with elements of disco, acrobatics and glitter. Maybe in another life, Belgium would have chosen her.
Bonne chance la Belgique! Veel succes België! Viel Glück Belgien!
Will the city lights guide Blanche to victory or is she heading for a blackout? Leave your comments below. Stay tuned for another preview tomorrow!
(Sources: eurovision.tv, RTBF, YouTube)