She’s Belgium’s 17-year old starlet, who, despite missing Eurovision in Concert, has certainly been earning her keep.
And on Tuesday Blanche continued her PR offensive ahead of Eurovision by returning to The Voice Belgique, where she rose to fame under her real name Ellie Delvaux last year.
Performing during the show’s semi-final (performance here — only available in Belgium), she offered a potential hint of her Eurovision staging, as she was backed by two other performers.
Whilst they handled the majority of the choreography, Blanche joined in with some timed arm gestures.
It didn’t look particularly natural. The mix with her backing vocalists also seemed to cause some issues.
However, it’s a sign that Blanche is progressing quickly. Her performance at the London Eurovision Party was critiqued for being too static. By gradually adding layers to the performance, she’s building things up steadily for Eurovision in Kyiv.
This stripped back version of “City Lights” is perhaps the clearest vocal we’ve heard yet from Blanche. Just on her voice (and with the right mixing), it’s clear that Blanche is more comfortable in the acoustic setting.
She took the piano accompaniment with her on Van Gils & gasten (Van Gils & guests) on één.
There’s one or two pronunciation issues that creep into the performance, but otherwise it’s much more assured. If Blanche can overcome the nerves and nail her choreography, then that performance we’re all hoping for could happen in Kyiv.
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