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Belgium's Blanche sets her sights on 'City Lights'

08 March 2017 at 12:30 CET

Ellie Delvaux, now known as Blanche, will represent Belgium at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song City Lights. Broadcaster RTBF announced Blanche as Belgium's representative late last year. The singer co-wrote her entry for Kyiv with singer-songwriter Pierre Dumoulin.

Blanche is 17 years old and previously took part in the fifth season of The Voice Belgium. She was internally selected by Belgian broadcaster RTBF. Over the past few months Blanche has been working on her latest release, City Lights, with Pierre Dumoulin, lead singer of the group Roscoe. Roscoe won the Octave Award for Best Album of the Year on two occasions, in 2012 and 2015.

Every year, RTBF and VRT take turns choosing the artist who will represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest. Blanche will be following in the footsteps of Loïc Nottet, who finished in 4th place in the 2015 final, the last time RTBF organised the Belgian Eurovision entry. Loïc is now back with a new single entitled Million Eyes, and the clip has already notched up over one million views on YouTube.

Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest

Belgium is one of seven countries that competed in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and the country has only been absent three times in the history of the contest. Belgium won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 with J'aime la Vie performed by Sandra Kim, who was 13 years old at the time making her the youngest winner ever. Performers now have to be aged 16 on the day to the Grand Final to be eligible to perform.

Belgium finished second in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest and in 2010 Tom Dice won the first Semi-Final in Oslo with Me and My Guitar, which went on to finish sixth in the Grand Final. Last year Belgium placed 10th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with What's The Pressure performed by Laura Tesoro.