Pierre Dumoulin the author of “City Lights”, Belgium’s entry for Eurovision 2017 denies he has plagiarised any other songs.
“City Lights”, the Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has come under fire from a number of fans on social media for “plagiarising” the song “Eclat” by the singer Alexe Gaudreault. To date Alexe Gaudreault has not logged a formal complaint about the song and is not pursuing any claims of plagiarism.
Leslie Cable the Head of Delegation for RTBF has stated that she is not worried about any claims, stating that the previous two Belgian entries also faced claims of plagiarism. Pierre Dumoulin who wrote the lyrics and music for “City Lights”, added:
It is obvious that there are similarities in the melody as can be found in a hundred or even a thousand current melodies. In this little game, one could connect hundreds of thousands of pieces with hundreds of thousands of ‘other.
Belgium currently sits third in the betting odds behind both Sweden and Italy, but ahead of Bulgaria and Portugal.
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.
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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.