Belgian representative Blanche has released an acoustic version of her Eurovision 2017 song “City Lights”.
Blanche, who represented Belgium at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, has released an acoustic version of her song “City Lights”. This year Belgium placed 4th in the Grand Final with a total of 363 points, their best result since their 2nd place in 2003, and matching their 4th place finish in 2015 from Loïc Nottet.
This version has been released just weeks after the original version of “City Lights” went platinum, in which the song had spent 15 weeks at the top of Belgian singles charts. The song is still charting in Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Poland, and Switzerland, and has proven to be very popular amongst the Belgian community, as well as worldwide. The Eurovision 2017 winning song “Amar Pelos Dois” is currently still charting in Portugal and Cape Verde.
Listen to the acoustic version of “City Lights” here.
The next Eurovision event Belgium will be taking part in is Eurovision Choir of The Year at the end of this month. Les Pastoureaux will represent Belgium in the first Eurovision Choir of the Year event on July 22nd in Riga, Latvia, along with 8 other countries.
Belgium have already confirmed that they will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, with their last participation being in 2012. Alternatively, they will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.
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.