RTBF has announced that the song that Blanche will sing for Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is to be revealed on March 8.
The reveal of Belgium’s entry for the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place at a press conference on March 8. Blanche will be represent Belgium in Kyiv having been internally selected as the countries entrant at the end of November. No details have been revealed about the language that Blanche will perform in or the style of song.
Blanche, also known as Ellie Delvaux, was a former participant of The Voice of Belgium. Ellie reached the show’s semi-finals and was contacted by Pierre Dumoulin of the band Roscoe following her participation in the internationally popular show-format. After working with her on new music and discussing the possibility of representing the nation with RTBF, their combined efforts were chosen to showcase the talent of Belgium in Kyiv.
The reveal is exactly 2 years to the day that Loïc Nottet’s song for Vienna “Rhythm Inside” was revealed to the public. RTBF is currently the most successful of the two Belgian broadcasters having managed to qualify for the final in both 2013 and 2015, they will be hoping to build on the countries recent success in the contest in Kyiv.
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Belgium was one of the original seven nations to participate in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date the country has won the contest only once in 1986. Sandra Kim won the contest with the song “J’aime la vie”, her victory was not without controversy when it emerged that Sandra was just 13 years old, two years younger than the age restriction at the time. In the late 00s Belgium struggled in the contest failing to reach the final annually from 2005 until 2010, when Tom Dice finished 6th in the final with 143 points. Belgium has finished last at the contest six times, including two sets of nul points.