Belgium in Eurovision Song Contest Odds
Ellie Delvaux, alias Blanche , was presented in Brussels with the song entitled "City Lights ", a song with which she will defend the colors of Belgium at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Kiev. The former participant of "The Voice Belgium" will compete in the first semi-final on 9 May, with a view to qualifying for the final on Saturday 13 May.
”City Lights” is already well on its way to become another success story. The song gets an incredible amount of good comments on social media for its modern sound and the voice of Blanche. The song has its little success since it was already in the Top 3 bookmakers short time after its release. "I do not realize what is going on yet," says Blanche, who prefers to keep the surprise in regards to the show.
"City Lights" however conquered the jury of the RTBF, which alternates with the VRT, chooses the artist who will represent Belgium at the Eurovision. Composed of 12 people (heads of music of the RTBF and outside), the selection committee has unanimously opted for the title among a dozen songs proposed, explains Leslie Cable, producer for the RTBF of the Eurovision. "We wanted something modern, modern," she says.
The video of the entry is a cute representation of how a small ball of light can make the darkest of places barable and illuminating. Blache is transfixed throughout, clearly displaying emotion for the song in the video is not something she easily expresses. She plays a minimal style game, wearing H&M street fashion and understated make-up, and allowing her naturally wavy hair to sway in the breeze (well, wind machine). As she follows this ball of light throughout dark corridors and dingy stairwells, we see the building slowly light up.
According to the Belgian head of delegation, Leslie Cable, the contest is again enjoying popularity on the Belgium’s press. "And since 2013," she says. "The quality of our submissions is then gone up and the Belgian public has been followed."
Blanche joined forces with Pierre Dumoulin, leader of the Liège group Roscoe, to produce the track of the song. The girl born in Belgium’s capital took part in season 5 of ”The Voice Belgium”, on the team of Cats on Tree. She is the fourth young candidate of the Belgium national broadcaster to try her luck at the Eurovision after Roberto Bellarosa, Axel Hirsoux and Loïc Nottet.
Convinced of the potential of the song, Pierre Dumoulin sends it to record company [PIAS], which decides to produce the song: " I came across a Blanche audition. She had tears in her voice and was passing emotions, " recalls Pierre Dumoulin. " We quickly came to an artistic agreement. (...) But the song was not originally composed for Eurovision, " he adds.
On 18 April she will sing ”City lights” live during the finale of The Voice Belgique , the program where she was eliminated themselves last year just before the semi-finals. And on April 2 they will travel to London to be the first Belgian artist ever to perform at the London Eurovision Party. At Eurovision in Concert on April 8 in Amsterdam they will not be present.
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