Across Belgium an average of 1.181 million viewers tuned in to see whether they would qualify for the finals of this years contest.
In Flanders a total of 817,865 viewers on average were watching the show as Blanche competed against seventeen other singers to make the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The average figures represent a market share of 39.6%. Viewing figures peaked in the north of Belgium when 955,162 viewers were watching to see Blanche announced as the last of the ten finalists.
In Walloon an average of 363,945 viewers watched as the RTBF selected singer competed in last nights semi-final. Overall a total of 1,818,810 viewers on average across Belgium watched the first semi-final live from Kyiv, Ukraine.
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.
Blanche has returned to be one of the favourites to win the contest following iTunes charts success across Europe over the past day.
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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.