She represented Belgium in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, and got the most points that Belgium has ever received in the contest! Blanche came forth overall, after placing forth in the televoting and ninth with the juries. Now, City Lights has been awarded platinum certification!
Blanche’s City Lights has proven to be extremely popular in Belgium. It has spent 15 weeks at the top of the Belgian singles charts, and is still charting in Austria, Sweden, Lithuania, and Switzerland! Only one other song from this year’s Eurovision is still charting in so many countries. That is the winner, Amar Pelos Dois!
Suddenly, everybody wants to represent Belgium!
After Blanche’s fantastic result for Belgium in this year’s Eurovision, many artists have shown interest in Eurovision. This includes fan favourite and unfortunate flop from 2006, Kate Ryan. As well as her, there is also Belle Perez, De Romeos, Gene Thomas, Isabelle A, and Ozark!
Two Belgian broadcasters, one Flemish and one French-speaking, take it in turns to be in charge of Belgium’s Eurovision participation. Entries selected by the French-speaking broadcaster, such as Blanche, Loïc Nottet, and Roberto Bellarosa, tend to do better than those selected by the Flemish broadcaster, such as Laura Tesoro, Axel Hirsoux, and Iris.
Blanche was selected by the French-speaking broadcaster. Therefore, next year it will be the turn of the Flemish broadcaster, VRT, to select the Belgian Eurovision entry. They will internally select both the artist and song which will represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The last time they did this was in 2010, when Tom Dice gave Belgium their highest ever placing by a Flemish artist, coming in sixth place!
Are you happy for Blanche? Was City Lights one of your favourites from this year’s Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!