The Shortlist (1) Belgium

Who are the big favorites for Kiev? In the next couple of weeks we will highlight some interesting participants, based on the odds they have been given by the bookmakers. This week we are providing a shortlist of countries that lead the board in the first semi final. Today’s report is about Belgium.

Blanche

Ellie Delvaux, also known as Blanche, will represent Belgium in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. In January 2016, Blanche auditioned for season five of The Voice Belgique with success. She joined the team of Cats on Trees to eventually be eliminated in the second week of the live shows.

Blanche is very excited for her trip to Kiev: “The Eurovision Song Contest is definitely the best place to have our (my) voice heard! It is a unique chance to show who I am in front of such a huge and diverse audience.”

”City Lights”

Blanche got 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.

Explaining the odds

Belgium is currently very likely to qualify from the first semi-final as they are currently second to third by to qualify by the bookmakers. They also have potential to win this year’s contest, as they stand fourth by the bookmakers to win Eurovision 2017.

Overall polls predict Belgium to continue its success of 2015 with odds of 14-to-1. This means that if you bet 1€ on Latvia to win the competition, you get 14€, fourteen times the return if you turn out to be right. Belgium is therefore among the outsiders in this year’s competition.