Blanche sings “The Hanging Tree” with composer James Newton Howard on “Van Gils en Gasten”


Since Eurovision she’s lit up the Spotify charts globally and wowed live audiences at home and in Germany.

And last Thursday Belgium’s Blanche — aka Ellie Delvaux — did it again during a live performance of “The Hanging Tree” alongside composer James Newton Howard.

James, who wrote the song for Jennifer Lawrence as part of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games, tickled the ivories while Blanche sang the haunting song on the September 14 edition of Flemish talkshow Van Gils en Gasten.

The Grammy Award winning composer has written scores for films including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Bourne Legacy and The Dark Knight.

He appeared on the show to discuss his November 11 concert at Koningin Elisabethzaal in Antwerp on November 11.

Following the performance he sat down with the hosts to explain that he’s organising 16 different concerts around Europe and will stage a contest to choose a female singer in each and every city to perform Jennifer Lawrence’s song from the The Hunger Games.

“I hope Blanche enters because I think she’s amazing,” he said. “I think she’s really gifted.”

You can watch him speaking about Blanche from about 2:00 in the EEN video here.



The compliments are simply the latest in a long list of achievements for the teenage pop sensation.

In August our readers voted and said that Blanche’s “City Lights” is the Eurovision 2017 song they are still listening to the most.

The atmospheric slice of electro balladry came out on top with 2,526 votes — or around 7% of the 35,773 that were cast. The song’s enduring popularity should come as no surprise.

Following a very respectable fourth-place finish at Eurovision, Blanche watched the song climb the Spotify Viral Charts globally. The song also went platinum in Belgium following her ZDF-Fernsehgarten performance in Germany.

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