Belgium after another top 10 finish with ‘City Lights’ by Blanche
Belgium sure isn’t playing around when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest anymore. In 2015 the country finished in a fourth position thanks to Loïc Nottet and his contemporary ‘Rhythm Inside’ and last year they managed to grab another top 10 finish with Laura Tesoro’s swinging ‘What’s The Pressure’. This year the country will be represented by singer Blanche and her track ‘City Lights’. From the moment the track got premiered it has been rising into the top 3 of the betting odds. Belgium is on a roll!
In a year with a lot of ballads, Belgian Blanche chose a completely different direction. Her ‘City Lights’ is a contemporary number with a strong electronic production. It is subtle, atmospheric and builds up wonderfully. Blanche has got an intriguing vocal style, somewhat remeniscent of London Grammar singer Hannah. The repetition of the chorus is beautifully hypnotic and the overall sound is unique and laidback, but with a dark twist. If I could change anything, I would give the last chorus a bit more vocal power to match up with the explosion in the instrumentation, but that is only a minor detail.
International Eurovision fans have been overloading this entry with praise and the betting odds show Belgium might even top their successes of the past two years. At this stage it is hard to picture what ‘City Lights’ will sound and look like on stage in Kiev, but if they get the performance right, Belgium might become one of the countries to beat this year. Either way, it is a very welcome change of pace in the contest so far. A daring, creative and hit worthy entry!