BELGIUM – On 22 November 2016, broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) announced that they had internally selected Blanche to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Her song, “City Lights”, was supposed to have been released on 8 March 2017, but it was instead leaked the day before. When her song was announced she jumped to the second place in the betting odds but has later been lowered.
It may be that the song “City Lights” is a plagiarism of another song “Eclats” from a Canadian singer Alexe Gaudreault, while Pierre Dumoulin, the author of the song, denies these claims, saying that “It is obvious that there are similarities in the melody as can be found in a hundred or even a thousand current melodies”.
Since Eurovision, Blanche has won a 2018 European Border Breakers Award, which recognizes emerging artists that have achieved success outside their home country.
In Belgium, Blanche won Pop Artist of the Year and Revelation of the Year at French-Belgian broadcaster RTBF’s 2018 D6bels Music Awards and Hit of the Year (for “City Lights”) and Breakthrough Artist at the Flemish 2018 Music Industry Awards (MIA).