Blanche, aka Ellie Delvaux, will represent Belgium in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song City Lights.
Blanche captured the attention of Pierre Dumoulin, a Belgian singer/songwriter, who began writing songs with her voice in mind before they even met. When put in touch, the two artists immediately connected and their teams began to collaborate. The duo paired up with producer Tim Bran, known for his work with London Grammar, Aurora, Birdy, among others. The final result was City Lights, an adventurous yet accessible pop track, set with a haunting chorus. With a strong yet fragile voice, the song is modern and contemporary, forming an exciting and striking debut single.
Things you should know about Blanche
- What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
City Lights was not written for the Eurovision Song Contest, it was supposed to be a four minute long atmospheric track. When proposing the track to the jury, we were sure that the track would not be chosen, as other great artists sent amazing Eurovision songs. The words City and Lights were the only actual English words that were sung on the first demo, which was written in imaginary language.
- What are the three most impressive facts about you?
I can move one of my toes telepathically
- Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I speak the lyrics of the song in my head to focus on the story and be able to deliver the right mood.
- Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important to you?
It is a unique chance to show who I am in front of such a huge and diverse audience. We are a small country and we often struggle to be seen. The Eurovision Song Contest is definitely the best place to have our (my) voice heard!
About the composer
Writer and singer songwriter Pierre Dumoulin is mainly known as the leader of the band Roscoe, which won Best Belgian Album of the Year in both 2012 and 2015. When he saw Blanche (Ellie Delvaux) auditioning for The Voice Belgium he decided to being composing and writing for others. He fell for her fragile and melancholic voice and decided to meet her. They immediately got along and Pierre wrote City Lights the next day.