Blanche (singer)

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Blanche
Blanche (Ellie Delvaux) RedCarpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Blanche during Eurovision Song Contest 2017 opening ceremony
Background information
Birth nameEllie Delvaux
Born (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 19)
Brussels, Belgium
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2016–present
LabelsPIAS Belgium
Websitehttp://www.blanche-music.be/

Ellie Delvaux ([eli dɛlvo]; born 10 June 1999),[1] better known as Blanche, is a Belgian singer and songwriter. She represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine with the song "City Lights", finishing in fourth place.[2] Blanche previously competed on season five of The Voice Belgique, where she was a member of Team Cats on Trees.[3]

Early life[edit]

Ellie Delvaux was born in Belgium, on 10 June 1999. She is Jewish[4] and speaks French, English and Hebrew.[5] As a child she liked to sing to herself. She later attended some musical theatre classes and took part in school performances. When she turned 16, she auditioned for The Voice.[6][7] After Eurovision, she hoped to complete secondary school in Belgium.[8] Her stage name, "Blanche", is her third name.[9]

Career[edit]

2016: The Voice Belgique[edit]

In January 2016, Blanche auditioned for season five of The Voice Belgique performing Adele's "Daydreamer", with two of four coaches turning for her. She eventually chose to join team Cats on Trees. During the Duels, Blanche battled Charlotte Villers singing Radiohead's "Creep", and Blanche won the duel to make it through to the live shows. During the first live show, she performed Aurora's "Running with the Wolves". She was saved by the coach and progressed to the next round. In the next round, she performed "Runnin' (Lose It All)". She was not saved by her coach and was eliminated from the show.[citation needed]

Blanche during Eurovision rehearsals.
Performances
Performed Song Original artist Result
Blind audition "Daydreamer" Adele Joined Team Cats on Trees
Duels "Creep" (against Charlotte Villers) Radiohead Winner
Week 1 "Running with the Wolves" Aurora Saved by coach
Week 2 "Runnin' (Lose It All)" Naughty Boy
(featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin)
Eliminated

2017–2018: Eurovision Song Contest 2017[edit]

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.[2] 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 was later lowered.[10][11] "City Lights" was accused of plagiarising the song "Eclats" from Canadian singer Alexe Gaudreault,[12] however Pierre Dumoulin, the author of the song, denied 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".[13]

Since Eurovision, Blanche has won a 2018 European Border Breakers Award, which recognizes emerging artists that have achieved success outside their home country.[14] In Belgium, Blanche won Pop Artist of the Year and Revelation of the Year at French-Belgian broadcaster RTBF's 2018 D6bels Music Awards[15] and Hit of the Year (for "City Lights") and Breakthrough Artist at the Flemish 2018 Music Industry Awards (MIA).[16][17]

2018–present: Upcoming first studio album[edit]

On 25 May 2018, Blanche released the single "Wrong Turn".[18][19] A music video was released to Blanche's official YouTube channel on 19 June 2018. It was directed by Nur Casadevall.[20][21]

The song "Soon" was released on 20 July 2018, along with a lyric video.[22]

On 16 November 2018, Blanche released the single "Moment". Blanche has said that the song is about "living in the present, trying to forget about any doubts and fears you have…we have to let ourselves live. If we don’t learn to enjoy the present moment, then we might regret it when it’s over...”.[23] She also said that the song is "for all the people who sometimes struggle to connect with the present moment, who feel like they’re looking at their lives from the outside".[24] A music video was released on the same day and was directed by Eve Mahoney.[25] A piano version of "Moment" was released on 14 December 2018.[26][27]

Blanche appeared three times on Wiwibloggs' list of the best songs of 2018 by artists who have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest: with "Moment" at number 7, "Soon" at number 21 and "Wrong Turn" at number 43.[28]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL
(FL)

[29]
BEL
(WA)

[30]
AUT
[31]
FRA
[32]
GER
[33]
NLD
[34]
SPA SWE
[35]
SWI
[36]
"City Lights" 2017 1 2 14 35 38 39 21 18 24 TBA
"Wrong Turn"[18] 2018 75
"Soon" 82
"Moment" 63 22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"City Lights"[38] 2017 Simon Vanrie & Brice VDH
"Wrong Turn"[20] 2018 Nur Casadevall
"Moment"[25] Eve Mahoney
"Moment (Piano Version)"[27] Unknown

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Blanche (19 February 2017). "Blanche age clarification". Facebook.com. Blanche Facebook page.
  2. ^ a b "Blanche to represent Belgium in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  3. ^ The NPBC (22 November 2016). "Belgium: Blanche internally selected to represent Belgium at Eurovision". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix.
  4. ^ British media, others erroneously report Israel’s withdrawal from Eurovision JTA, May 14, 2017
  5. ^ Belgium's Blanche: "We are finally in the zone" Posted 30 April 2017, Paul Jordan
  6. ^ BLANCHE, THE BELGIAN CANDIDATE FOR EUROVISION Tuesday 2 May 2017 by Géraldine Kamps
  7. ^ Blanche: "My song is about love"
  8. ^ Blanche goes to Eurovision with confidence and Belgian designer dress 05/04/2017
  9. ^ Page Blanche: The Eurovision artist formerly known as Ellie Delvaux reveals motivations behind name change Posted 3 January 2017, Rick Arth
  10. ^ Halpin, Chris (7 March 2017). "Belgium: Blanche's Eurovision entry "City Lights" released early on Spotify". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs.
  11. ^ Adams, William Lee (8 March 2017). "EUROVISION BETTING ODDS: BELGIUM'S BLANCHE NOW SECOND FAVOURITE TO WIN BEHIND ITALY". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs.
  12. ^ http://www.sudinfo.be/1808199/article/2017-03-15/eurovision-la-chanson-belge-est-soupconnee-de-plagiat
  13. ^ Granger, Anthony (2017-03-16). "Belgium: "City Lights" Author Denies Plagiarism Claims". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  14. ^ "Blanche announced as winner of 2018 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)". 9 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Eurovision Belgium: Blanche wins at D6bels Music Awards 2018 - ESCToday.com". Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  16. ^ "Oscar and The Wolf wins three MIA awards | Flanders Today". www.flanderstoday.eu. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  17. ^ "Alle winnaars van de MIA's op een rijtje" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  18. ^ a b "Blanche on Facebook". Blanche. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018 – via Facebook.
  19. ^ "LISTEN: Blanche releases new single 'Wrong Turn'". ESCXTRA.com. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  20. ^ a b Blanche (2018-06-19), Blanche - Wrong Turn (Official Video), retrieved 2019-02-12
  21. ^ ollie2283 (2018-06-19). "Blanche releases music video for "Wrong Turn"". ESCXTRA.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  22. ^ ""Soon" I will fall on you — Blanche strips it back in atmospheric new single and lyric video". wiwibloggs. 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  23. ^ "Blanche Shares Powerhouse Pop Cut 'Moment'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  24. ^ @blanchemusicbe (2018-11-14). "Moment is out on Friday. This is for all the people who sometimes struggle to connect with the present moment, who feel like they're looking at their lives from the outside." (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-02-12 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ a b BlancheVEVO (2018-11-16), Blanche - Moment (Official Video), retrieved 2019-02-12
  26. ^ @blanchemusicbe (2018-12-14). "hey, today the acoustic version of 'moment' is out!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-02-12 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ a b Blanche (2018-12-14), Blanche - Moment (Piano Version), retrieved 2019-02-12
  28. ^ "The best songs of 2018 by Eurovision artists (10-1)". wiwibloggs. 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  29. ^ "ultratop.be – Discografie Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  30. ^ "ultratop.be – Discographie Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  31. ^ "austriancharts.at – Discographie Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  32. ^ "lescharts.com – Discographie Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  33. ^ "offiziellecharts.de – Discographie Blanche [BE]". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  34. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Discografie Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  35. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Discography Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  36. ^ "hitparade.ch – Discographie Blanche [BE]". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  37. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Flanders Charts – Goud en Platina Singles 2017". ultratop.be. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  38. ^ Blanche (2017-03-20), Blanche - City Lights (Official Music Video), retrieved 2019-02-20

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Laura Tesoro
with "What's the Pressure"
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Sennek
with "A Matter of Time"