Blanche’s Eurovision 2017 song “City Lights” has recently gone platinum.
Blanche represented Belgium at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. She achieved 4th place in the final with a total of 364 points, and now her single “City Lights” has gone platinum. The song has spent 15 weeks at the top of Belgian singles charts, and has proven to be very popular amongst the Belgian community, as well as worldwide. “City Lights” is currently still charting in Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Lithuania, and Switzerland. The only other Eurovision 2017 song that’s still charting in as many countries is the winning “Amar Pelos Dois”, that’s still charting in Portugal, Cape Verde, Lithuania, Mozambique, and Belgium.
Many Belgian artists have already expressed their interest in following in Blanche’s footsteps and representing their country next year in Portugal. These include Natalia, who finished second in the national selection in 2004, Kate Ryan, who represented the country in 2006, as well as Belle Perez, Isabelle A, Gene Thomas, Ozark and the group De Romeo’s.
The broadcaster in charge of Belgium’s participation in Eurovision 2018, VRT, will be internally selecting both the artist and song for next year’s contest. The last year that VRT internally selected both the artist and song was in 2010, when Tom Dice was chosen to sing “Me and My Guitar”. That year, Dice brought Belgium back to the final for the first time since 2004 and finished 6th in the final, the highest ever placing by a Flemish artist.
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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.