It’s been a few months since Blanche was announced as the Belgium representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017; we’ve all been waiting patiently to hear the song that she will sing. Today, “City Lights” was released on the official Eurovision YouTube Channel, and the fans are loving it.
At the start of the song, it could be considered another ballad, but when the beat kicks in, it soon turns into this glorious indie-pop song that will definitely stand out during the contest.
As we know, though, the best song doesn’t always win; it also comes down to staging and the performance of the song. If the music video of “City Lights” is anything to go by, and usually it isn’t, then Belgium should have some technical lighting to go with Blanche’s performance of the song. The staging will literally be the deciding factor on how well this song does. It could win if it’s technically brilliant.
Watch Belgium’s Eurovision 2017 Music Video For “City Lights” By Blanche Here:
The video is a cute representation of how a small ball of light can make the darkest of places barable and illuminating. Blache is transfixed throughout, clearly displaying emotion for the song in the video is not something she easily expresses; although we are hoping she manages to connect with the song much better come May.
With the release of this song and music video, Belgium has quickly risen as one of the bookie’s favourites to win the show.
Belgium first debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, making them one of the top four countries who has entered the most times. They have only won once, back in 1986, with Sandra Kim who sang “J’aime la vie”; she scored 176 points. They have come last in the Grand Final a total of seven times. The past two years, they have achieved a top ten score; Loïc Nottet in 2015 with “Rhythm Inside”, who came 4th with 217 points; and Laura Tesoro in 2016 with “What’s The Pressure?”, who came 10th with 181 points – she totally deserved more points and a much better placing. Blanche, if the bookies are correct, is set to do better than both her predecessors. Can Belgium win the Eurovision Song Contest 2017?
The competition is definitely going to be a competitive year. The semi-finals will take place on 9 May and 11 May, with the Grand Final taking place on 13 May 2017. Last year, Jamala won with “1944”, bringing the contest to her home country of Ukraine. It will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. Who will win? Time will tell.