Belgium’s Blanche wins a prestigious EBBA 2018 award


She’s the unassuming songstress who secured Belgium its third top ten Eurovision finish in as many years. And during the week, Blanche had further reason to celebrate with the announcement that she had won a prestigious European Border Breakers Award.

Organisers praised the “City Lights” singer’s “soothing, husky voice”, comparing her to New Zealand popstar Lorde and Hannah Reid from the British group London Grammar. Highlighting her strong streaming numbers, they conclude that “it is safe to say the world is eager to see and hear more”.

Blanche herself was thrilled with the news. Taking to her various social media profiles, she wrote:

I’m so so glad to be one of this year’s European Border Breakers Awards ! This is really one of the accomplishment that shows how successful the song has been, and that, is due to all of people that have support and keep supporting by listening, buying, sharing and singing the song 🙂 It makes me even more excited to share all the rest with you !!

Blanche Grand Final Dress Rehearsal at Eurovision 2017

The European Union backed awards honour emerging artists who have enjoyed success across Europe.

Past EBBA winners include internationally acclaimed acts such as Alan Walker, Dua Lipa, Era Istrefi, Álvaro Soler, Christine and The Queens, Robin Schulz, Natalie La Rose, Years & Years, Hozier, Indila, John Newman, Tove Lo, and Mø — to name just a few.

Eurovision 2006 victor Helena Paparizou snagged a gong in 2007, while Eurovision 2014 runners-up the Common Linnets took one in 2015. The Dutch outfit also went home with the Public Choice prize.

So far, three other winners have been announced for 2018. They are Alice Merton (Germany), Off Bloom (Denmark), and Skott (Sweden). Six more will be revealed between now and the award ceremony on 17 January 2018.

Blanche interview at Eurovision 2017

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