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Belgium: Kinepolis Antwerp To Broadcast Eurovision 2017

Kinepolis Antwerp and OGAE Belgium have partnered to bring cinema goers the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 final.

Belgium joins France in bringing the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 to the silver screen. OGAE Belgium and Kinepolis Antwerp have partnered to broadcast the final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Tickets for the event will cost € 25 for non OGAE Members and € 23 for OGAE Belgium Members. The event will start at 19:45 CET, with the broadcast beginning at 21:00 CET.

Belgium are currently fifth in the betting odds and are tipped for their best result since the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 when Urban Trad narrowly missed out on victory in Riga, Latvia. Belgium are currently in the midst of their best results in the Eurovision Song Contest for over 20 years, with the country having reached the final three out of the past four years.

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.

Source: Kinepolis

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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.
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