blanche city lights

She’s the teenage Voice Belgique star formerly known as Ellie Delvaux. Now as Blanche, she’s ready to take on the rest of Europe at Eurovision 2017 and looking to try and take Belgium to the top ten yet again. Her song “City Lights” was set to be revealed via livestream tomorrow morning, but has leaked ahead of time on Spotify.

Blanche — “City Lights”

N.B: Song may not be available in all countries

Deep, dark, moody — and modern! “City Lights” is certainly a welcome change to some of the entries we’ve heard. A piano intro leads to slick electronic beats, with hints of Birdy and Kodaline along the way.

What will also no doubt stand out is Blanche’s deep vocal: a real contrast to some of the “shouty” divas already on offer in Kyiv.

We’ll no doubt find out more about the song in due course at the official reveal, set for 11.45 CET on March 8.

Early reaction on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive towards the song:

It’s not just Twitter who like the song either. Bookmakers have dramatically cut Belgium’s odds from 100/1 to 25/1 and they continue to fall. Things look very good for Blanche and RTBF!

No matter what, Blanche has some real momentum carrying her in to Kyiv. Both Loic Nottet and Laura Tesoro made the top ten in the last two years and the country will hope for the same again. Are we at the point where the question of “will Belgium qualify?” is becoming an afterthought?

What do you think about Blanche’s entry? Do you think that Belgium can be a contender for the win this year? Shout out all your thoughts on the wiwibloggs app, or in our comments section below!

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black toothpaste
3 years ago

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Denis
Denis
3 years ago

Very captivating song! Cool choice. I think it could win. All depends on the staging, it will make or break it!?

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago

@Racal haha
You’re sooooooo right, I just couldn’t stop myself from feeding it. 🙂

Aline
Aline
3 years ago

I’m so proud of my country!!!!!!!!!

Racal
Racal
3 years ago

@Gippa: Don’t waste your time answering, let that thing starve.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

LOVE IT! Little Belgium plays to win!

Subject-wise, it’s reminiscent of Elina Born’s “In or Out” and tonally, it’s more like Morland & Debrah Scarlett’s “Monster Like Me”. Blanche’s voice is soooo good, I cannot believe she is only 17!

Joyce
Joyce
3 years ago

Overrated. It’s good, but not a winner. So many expectations on this entry but it left me cold… For the record, I think it’s a good song.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

I love it. Top 5 for sure, but last year I liked Croatia and look where that song ended.

my oh my so boring
my oh my so boring
3 years ago

the song sounds like typical soundtrack played in belgium designer’s fashion show

Gippa
Gippa
3 years ago

@Charles – What’s the problem with you? Take some medication, dude. You’re always angry and rude and arrogant and you usually ruin every conversation here. Calm down and put your mind at rest for what concern Italy. What’s your point to always mention 1991 and Toto Cotugno? You didn’t do it this time but I’m willing to think that you’re just waiting an occasion like every time. You don’t like Toto Cotugno, fine, you don’t like that Italians can’t usually speak english, fine, you don’t like the gorilla, fine, you like to stereotype Italians with pizza and spaghetti, fine, you… Read more »

kvira
kvira
3 years ago
Gav
Gav
3 years ago

Love it.

And in the light of Brexit it would please me hugely if Belgium won.

Davve
Davve
3 years ago

A very possible winner! Good on you Belgium

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

Wow, that Charles person sounds shook and pressedT. Poor her, Italy is still unbothered at #1 in the odds, followed by Belgium, while his faves are tanking <3

Sw
Sw
3 years ago

The Benelux are stronger than ever!
This is my number 1 so far!

Karen
Karen
3 years ago

My worry is that this could be too good for Eurovision

Eve
Eve
3 years ago

@Charles, f**k, I’m honored, hahahaah.. Anyway, decent song, top 10 for sure, but not like LOIC <3

Friedenau
Friedenau
3 years ago

Stop the contest! We have a winner

honolulu
honolulu
3 years ago

Wow! A breath of fresh air among the mass of kitschy sticky-sweet ballads. It is innovative. It is relevant. It is going all the way. Bravo, Belgium!

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
3 years ago

I LOVE THIS!!! The ending is kinda strange, and I thing it’s kinda repetetive, but IS THIS BELGIUM!!??? WHERE DOES THIS COME FROM!!!!!!!????? Final 100%, and probably top 10, but it is Belgium, so I can never know.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
3 years ago

It sounds like something Lorde and Lana Del Rey would put out.

MarioMario
MarioMario
3 years ago

I’m in love.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago

Oh my good god!! I’m in love with this song from the first listen!!
This is love
It came from country above!!

Mar
Mar
3 years ago

It’s a great song: modern, mysterious, layered and quite interesting. The one flaw that I can find is that it remains flat throughout, which makes it difficult to tell the verses and the chorus apart. I’m also not the biggest fan of her voice, but it’s definitely unique and refreshing compared to most of the other female voices this year.
It’s a contender for a top 10, no doubt, but I can’t really see it winning either the juries or the televote (but then again, neither did Jamala). I think its direct competition will be France.

Zebb
Zebb
3 years ago

Oh, it fits some of my playlists very well. Glad to see this accidently incoming, Belgium is super memorable these years! I bet soft soundscape might work a bit against it for some audience, but in same time it brings otherness that can lead in top again…

Chris (frostyw)
Chris (frostyw)
3 years ago

It’s a respectable entry, but this sounds like a song I’d play in the background while doing work, rather than watching Eurovision. It lacks something to draw me in. Its success in the contest may come down to the staging, and I am def curious to see what RTBF decides to do. For now I’m putting this mid-table but could elevate it.

v
v
3 years ago

Can I just say take my hand AND NEVER LET GO!!!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
3 years ago

after a drought of blasé entries (romania, australia, czech republic, netherlands) this bla-slays and while I don’t think it’s a winner it’s going to challenge 🙂 🙂 🙂 congrats belgium

kvira
kvira
3 years ago

A reminiscence of “We Are Electric” (just search them on YouTube), but definitely this is a good entry. Still I think Loic is better :p

D
D
3 years ago

This is very my style and I love it so much. I don’t wanna jinx anything, but I see this doing very well. Can the Walloon broadcaster pick their entry every year please.

Jonas
Jonas
3 years ago

Or Belgium could just host it in a smaller venue. It doesn’t always have to be in an airplane hangar.

DR
DR
3 years ago

@Racal

They’re isn’t that many suitable venues in Bruxelles or Wallonia. I think all are under 10 thousand capacity. All the big venues are in the Flemish half. It could be seen as a sign of unity for doing it in that half of the country. It’s not like doing it in the Netherlands.

Deedy
Deedy
3 years ago

Fantastic song, well done Belgium.

blondboybc
blondboybc
3 years ago

Not a fan of her voice, and I find the song too dark. It’s decent enough compared to what else is out there. Somewhere between 10th-15th for me. 😀

fikri
fikri
3 years ago

@YoungsterJoey: her odds crashed because she was forced to wear that barbara-dex-winning costume during her performance which turned so many people off from voting. it’s a shame, really.

DaStarSays (@dastarsays)
DaStarSays (@dastarsays)
3 years ago

Amazing! Top 5 for Belgium!

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
3 years ago

Someone mentioned it below BUT could Belgium simply be the Croatia of last year? As Lighthouse was released, Croatia’s odds improved big time and quick!

Then later, suddenly, in April, the odds crashed.

fikri
fikri
3 years ago

this chick just snatched my wigs right from its roots.

escfanBelgium
escfanBelgium
3 years ago

@racal Well it means something! It means that a lot of people are liking the song right now! But in in the end it will be that live performance in May that will decide where this will end up

PP
PP
3 years ago

Cambell Grace

You post many comments on this bloggs, with with 2 maybe more different names.

Cambell Grace
Cambell Grace
3 years ago

@Charles

Oh god, yet another so called critic who comments negative things ALL the time. Give it a rest hunny, Slovenia is trash and you know it.

@AzeriBoy96

Rude, yes. But Robyn herself also told him to give up. I was just re-iterating her statement. Thanks, lol.

velorin
velorin
3 years ago

Second in the betting odds now… Watch out Italy , she is coming

Charles
Charles
3 years ago

@Cambell Grace: Can you throw your rubbish into the bin and stop recycling formers Eurovision dance songs with average vocals for the competition before hating on Slovenia? Thank u!

Racal
Racal
3 years ago

… And now Belgium is #2 in the betting odds. I know this means nothing, but I’ve seriously never seen this before! 🙂

Charles
Charles
3 years ago

@USAescLover: Try to keep yourself updated … Turkey is no longer in the contest since 2013 (Thank God!) … Bosnia not taking part this year … Azerbaijan is paying some Swedish team to do again another Swedish song for them as always … And listen a bit less to the rubbish that is currently on the Billboard charts so that you can understand that there is a world outside Billboard with other music styles and genres called Eurovision.

Charles
Charles
3 years ago

@Eve: Adele has tweeted you … “b*** listen to my voice first before throwing shade at everybody WHO does not sound like me … and then you can come for me so I can drag you in the mud”

USAescLover
USAescLover
3 years ago

When will Bosnia present their song ?
Armenia ? Azerbaijan ? Turkey ?
Not so great songs so far. 🙁

Charles
Charles
3 years ago

Indie pop or indie-edm entering this competition all of a sudden and getting so much enthusiasm and support? Yeah I like this .. If my black bird can’t sing all the way to the top, I can see a fallen gorilla hitting the floor with his face in complete embarrassment … Now this is the music diversity Eurovision needed urgently … from a 50s slow jam from Portugal to current indie-pop-non-commercial from and masterpieces from Finland … with Latvian Madonna-wannabes and Euphoria-recycled-tunes from Greece and the pop female (and Croatian qweens) ballads in the middle … the greatest and the… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

Good song, top ten.
I really like it but the song does not have a wow moment nor does it build up in the final minute. They would need to do a lot of work on it to make it a top three song.

AzeriBoy96
AzeriBoy96
3 years ago

@Cambell Grace

That was rude..