Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Selection process||Internal Selection|
|Selection date(s)||Artist: 22 November 2016
Song: 8 March 2017
|Selected song||« City Lights«|
|Selected songwriter(s)||Pierre Dumoulin
|Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Belgium will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the entry City Lights performed by Blanche and co-written by Blanche and Pierre Dumoulin. The Belgian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine will be selected internally, organised by the Walloon broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF).
Prior to the 2017 contest, Belgium had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-eight times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest. Since then, the country has won the contest on one occasion in 1986 with the song « J’aime la vie » performed by Sandra Kim. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Belgium had been featured in only five finals. In 2016, Laura Tesoro represented the country with the song « What’s the Pressure« , qualifying to the final and placing tenth.
The Belgian broadcaster for the 2017 Contest, who broadcasts the event in Belgium and organises the selection process for its entry, will be Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF). The Belgian participation in the contest alternates between two broadcasters: the Walloon RTBF and the Flemish Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Both broadcasters have selected the Belgian entry using national finals and internal selections in the past. In 2015, RTBF internally selected a contestant from the reality singing competition The Voice Belgique to represent the nation, while in 2016, VRT organised the national final Eurosong in order to select the Belgian entry. On 23 May 2016, RTBF confirmed Belgium’s participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
On 22 November 2016, RTBF announced that the 16 year old singer Ellie Delvaux had been internally selected to represent Belgium in the 2017 Contest. She will compete in Eurovision under her stagename Blanche. She had earlier competed in the TV talent competition The Voice Belgique.
According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Belgium was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.
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