Belgium: Blanche releases official video for “City Lights”

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In the first verse of Belgium’s Eurovision 2017 song “City Lights”Blanche sings of being alone in the danger zone. But it seems that the danger is for her competitors in the contest. Last night her song leaked early on Spotify and sent shockwaves across the betting agencies, catapulting her odds to win from a dismal 100/1 to as low as 3/1.

Now that Blanche’s hurricane is beginning to settle, the official video has dropped. It’s dark and artistic, bringing visual intrigue to the captivating lyrics and sound. Together it all suggests we can expect magic and ambition on the Eurovision stage in Kyiv. 

It’s a murky evening in a Belgian woodland, but Blanche has come to shine her light. The video opens with a ball of light floating through an abandoned building complex. We soon see Blanche singing along with minimal emotion – almost as if she is mesmerised by the levitating luminous testicle.

She plays a minimal style game, wearing H&M street fashion and understated make-up, and allowing her naturally wavy hair to sway in the breeze (well, wind machine).

As she follows this ball of light throughout dark corridors and dingy stairwells, we see the building slowly light up. She even manages to light up trees – Kasia Mos’ flashlight doesn’t stand against this woman!

Can we infer anything about Belgium’s stage presentation from the music video? Well, we can assume that she will be dressing down for Kiev. This is a true rarity at Eurovision, and indeed in the genre of electropop, but we’re trusting in RTBF’s successful track record of late.

Their task to make a subtle song stand out may be resolved by the song and the video’s overriding theme of light. The question is whether Blanche will bring us some Måns-style magical light effects — or something akin to Valentina’s IKEA lamp.

“City Lights” Lyrics – Blanche (Eurovision 2017, Belgium)

All alone in the danger zone

Are you ready to take my hand?

All alone in the flame of doubt

Are we going to lose it all?

 

I could never leave…you in the city lights

I could never beat…the storm in your eyes,

The storm in your bright eyes

 

All alone in the danger zone

Are you ready to take my hand?

All alone in the flame of doubt

Are we going to lose it all?

 

Looking in between…the space in the city lights

All we ever seen is stars in your eyes

The stars in your dark eyes

 

All alone in the danger zone

Are you ready to take my hand?

All alone in the flame of doubt

Are we going to lose it all?

 

Let’s put some light in to our lives

Light keep us down until we rise

They threw some light in to our lives

 

All alone in the danger zone

Are you ready to take my hand?

All alone in the flame of doubt

Are we going to lose it all?

 

All alone in the danger zone

Are you ready to take my hand?

All alone in the flame of doubt

Are we going to lose it all?

To lose it all?

To lose it all?

 

What do you think? Are Belgium playing it too safe? Could Blanche finally bring the contest back to her homeland? Leave your comments in the box below!

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