A review of the C’est vous qui décidez entries!

January 13, 2021

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For the return of a selection show for Eurovision in France, the national broadcaster France 2 opened applications last summer and got over 700 entries, proving the appeal of Eurovision in the French music industry. Alexandra Redde-Amiel, head of the French delegation for Eurovision, and director of entertainment and variety for France Télévisions, assumes its choice to highlight beginner artists: “The ones we have chosen are developing artists. We hope to be able to help them and put them in the spotlight thanks to this program.

The French delegation has stuck to its previous year’s goal: to win Eurovision! To do so, 12 songs have been selected. Here is a a first glimpse of the songs and their reception by the French public.

21 juin le duo – Manon and Julien use their refreshing pop song Peux-tu me dire to positively question global warming and the need for a collective reaction to it. The song has a very catchy tune to it, with summer vibes.

Ali is a young Lebanese artist who was not predestined to perform when he first arrived in France. He now wishes to make Europe dance with his song Paris me dit (Yalla ya helo!). His song about how Paris helped him to realize his dreams, and his performance could be likened to the 2019 French entry, Bilal Hassani – Roi. The song is a modern sounding pop song with ethnic elements.

Amui is a trio from French Polynesia and they intend to promote their culture and use it to make all of us “travel” in these difficult times. Maeva is sung in French and Polynesian, punctuated by traditional instruments and the famous haka. The song is a colourful and catchy number that will be sure to get you all up on your feet!

Andriamad are a duo composed of Cécile and Kévin who composed this song Alléluia as a mix between electronic music and tropical house. Their song is an ode to sharing cultures and opening up to others. The song is trending among the French Eurovision fans and is becoming one of the favourites to win.

Barbara Pravi and her song Voilà has established itself in recent days as a big favourite. As a Composer, she has written songs for some of the most famous French artists as well as for Carla and Valentina from Junior Eurovision 2019 and 2020 respectively. Inspired by the style of Edith Piaf or Jacques Brel, she relies on her voice to make us vibrate, and is part of the tradition of French voice songs.

Casanova comes from Corsica and uses his experience in a local band to display his folk song Tutti, sung in French and Corsican. Fresh and catchy, the song tries to bring people together with simple but universal words about the joy of living together.

Céphaz and his song On a mangé le soleil carries a pop and folk rhythm about overconsumption of natural resources and its consequences. An important theme for Céphaz who witnessed it during his childhood in Africa and Mayotte. The song gives off a bright and happy vibe, with a very catchy melody.

Juliette Moraine delivers a stroll on the piano about her desire to be loved and the complexes she has struggled for a long time to overcome. Pourvu qu’on m’aime relies on the voice of her interpretation to move us and to make us feel.

LMK and her dancehall reggae song Magique brings a touch of innovation to Eurovision and could reach a new audience. In French and English, her song invites women to let their inner/hidden magic to express itself.

Philippine delivers a pop rock prestation with her song Bah non about her previous failed love story. She lets her anger be expressed to move the disappointed lovers. Bah Non is a catchy modern, radio friendly song that is performed with a slice of attitude.

Pony X is also one of the more serious contestants. This duo bet on the revival of French music of the 2010s and the electro style with their song Amour fou. Rhythmic and dynamic, the song reminds many of David Guetta, Bob Sinclar or Daft Punk. A sure fire song to get the fans dancing and singing along.

Terrence James draws inspiration from his Scottish and English origins to create a unique song that mixes the cultures in which he grew up. His song Je t’emmènerai danser is simple yet effective, by relying on rhythmic bagpipe pop, something which is fairly unknown to Eurovision. The mix of traditional music styles with a modern beat and sound make for an interesting and stand out song.

Are you excited for the show? Which act would you like to see at Eurovision 2021? Let us know in the comments below!

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