‘Oh Mon Dieu’ – Is France turning Bi for Eurovision 2016?
March 12th will see the singer and song for France at Eurovision 2016 announced. However yesterday it was revealed that the song from France this year will be bi-lingual and performed in French and English.
France has on 4 occasions performed in both French/English with a success rate of just 1 out of 4 in making an impact on the scoreboard.
The 4 years were
- 2001 – Natasha St-Pier – French, English – “Je n’ai que mon âme” – Placing 4th
- 2007 – Les Fatals Picards – French, English – “L’amour à la française” – Placing 22nd
- 2008 – Sébastien Tellier – English, French – “Divine” – Placing 19th
- 2012 – Anggun – French, English – “Echo (You and I)” – Placing 22nd
With the exception of 2001, France performing in both French and English, has not been a success story, quite the opposite.
However the problem with many of the French entries has been the presentation of the songs at Eurovision itself. The songs have been strong but one has to ask where did all that French style and sophistication that they have disappear to?
Anggun is the classic example. A great song that had a killer preview singer and an amazing singer but the French delegation decided that a trip to the acrobatic circus was the best way to stage this song. It went from ‘army chic’ to ‘send in the clowns’ all in the space of 3 minutes and saw a good song end in 22nd place.
However France has a new Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi and a rather handsome man he is too. So we hold out hope for a change in the French fortunes at Eurovision.
France will announce on March 12th.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland