Friday, July 14, 2017

Belgium - City Lights - Blanche

Digital release image
4 - 363 pts /4 - 165 pts in semi 1
RTBF, the Wallonian broadcaster for Belgium, selected Blanche as the singer to represent the country in Kyiv.
The song, City Lights, is written by Blanche and Pierre Dumoulin.
The song was released as a digital single on March 8

Blanche (real name Ellie Delvaux) starred on the 2016 season of The Voice Belgique and made it to the live shows. She didn't proceed to the final.
Blanche is currently working on her debut EP which will undoubtedly include the Eurovision entry.

Promo Issues
A 1-track promo (cd-r) was used in Kyiv but it's a low quality home made affair. Just a blank disc with a sticker in a plastic sleeve with printed insert in a thin plastic sleeve. (No record company mentioned on disc or sticker)
Easy to reproduce so beware of fakes. And spending a lot of cash on it is not a good idea anyway.
A Franch promo made for radio has the name and title printed on the disc and comes with a printed insert in a plastic sleeve. (Le Label/Pias promo)

DRI Acoustic version
An acoustic version of City Lights was released on July 14 (digital).

Versions
City lights - ESC/single version
- Kyiv 2CD
City lights - Acoustic
- digital single (july 14)
City lights - karaoke
- digital releases

Charts
Belgium top 100 (Flemish): 16, 12, 15, 16, 9, 17, 11, 16, 5, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 10, 10, 15, 19, 25, 32, 25, 33, 34, 28, 42, -
Belgium top 50 (Wallonian): 31, 30, 17, 14, 9, 9, 7, 5, 2, 2, 4, 7, 7, 14, 15, 24, 22, 48, 50, -
Sweden top 100: 18, 33, 53, 82, -
Netherlands top 100: 39, 97, -
Germany top 100: 38, -
Switzerland top 100: 24, -
France top 200: 35, -
Austria top 75: 14, 29, 39, 38, 55, 51, 49, 53, 57, 62, -
Portugal top 50: 20, 28, 45, -
Spain top 50: 21, -

Pic from Blanches Facebook
Links and sources
Thanks to
Blanche: WebsiteFacebook
RTBF Eurovision pages
Belgiums latest hits: 20162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Finland - Blackbird - Norma John

Picture from YLE's UMK page
12 - 92 pts in semi 1
Blackbird by Norma John is the winner of the 2017 Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the quest to find a Eurovision entry for Finland.
Norma John are Leena Tirronen en Lasse Piirainen and they wrote the song themselves.
The song has been released on the digital UMK album and as a seperate digital single (Feb 21).

A 1-track promo cds was made for radio, don't know if there's any promo for Kyiv.

A remix of Blackbird was released on July 12. (digital release)

pic from e-bay
Versions
Blackbird - ESC/UMK version
- digital release, Kyiv 2CD, radio promo
Blackbird - Remix
- digital single (July 12)
Blackbird - karaoke (= instrumental)
- digital release 

Leena Tirronen ended third in the 2010 X-Factor in Finland and got to release an album Leena Ihmemaassa (Lena in wonderland) and a few singles. None of them made it to the charts and she was soon dropped from her label (Sony). Lasse Piirainen co-wrote some of the songs on her album.
The pianist/keyboardist/producer tinkled the keys in the past for Milana Misic, Johanna Kurkela, Anna Abreu and more.


Digital single release image
10 songs were lined up for the Finnish Eurovision selection
They all have been released digitally (iTunes) and are available through Spotify
Capitol Records Promo cd-r's of the UMK 2017 album have been distributed by YLE at the UMK live events. (see coments)
The last time an official CD was released was in 2014.


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Links and sources
Thanks to Juha.
Norma John: Facebook
YLE UMK pages
Remember these Finnish entries?: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009