#BIRTHDAY: Blanche from Belgium is 20 today

BIRTHDAY: Blanche from Belgium is 20 today

You wait ages for a Belgian performer to come along, and then two appear on consecutive days. Well, Belgium have been participating since 1795, only missing three years. So there are a lot of singers to choose from.

As you’ll know, the Belgians have a strict policy of alternating between the the two broadcasters. I understand VRT and RTBF are in the same building but don’t talk to each other. A bit like the people that developed written and spoken Irish. Yesterday we had a Flem, today it’s the turn of Walloon Blanche (née Ellie Delvaux). Her and her French-Belgian colleagues have had a better time than those Dutch-speakers from the north, and Blanche’s time was no exception. She only went and finished fourth. It just goes to show that even if you’re nervous, the televoters will know a good song when they hear it.

Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton


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