passionpop: (my ass)
Artist: Alma (Alexandra Maquet)
Song: Requiem
odds: $41

Word of the day
Masse - Mass
of the dead...

Singers and songwriters from all francophone countries were invited to submit potential entries for this year’s Eurovision to represent France. An internal selection was used to select Alma and Requiem. It could have been worse, but with all the francophone countries involved it should have been better.

Alma says her mentor for Eurovision is last year’s French Representative Amir. Her song was also co-written by Nazim Khaled, who co-wrote J'ai cherché last year which finished 6th.They may hope this will perform better, but it needs quite a performance to achieve that.

A prerequisite for the French entry this year was that it was at least 80% in French. The remaining 20% could be any language, which generally means it will be partially English, as Alma says in her intro, "to reach a larger audience". It is bloody Eurovision, you cannot reach a larger audience if you tried. The Italian song sung in Italian is going to win, that's reaching a larger audience.

All of France's Eurovision winners have been sung in French, French and only French, going back to their first win in 1958. Dear France, Stop trying to hang with the cool kids and just do what you are good at.

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Previous entries:
Wins: 5 1958 André Claveau - Dors, mon amour
            1960 Jacqueline Boyer - Tom Pillibi
            1962 Isabelle Aubret - Un premier amour
            1969 (shared) Frida Boccara - Un jour, un enfant
            1977 Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant
First Entry: 1956 Mathé Altéry - Le temps perdu
Most recent entry: 2015: Lisa Angell - N'oubliez pas
National Anthem: La Marseillaise


Amir - J'ai cherché

A ‘talent’ show contestant who has failed in two countries, Israel in 2006 and France in 2014, Amir has come to Eurovision to fail again. This song is top ten with the bookmakers, but will fall away when the final is decided.

I cannot get over that Amir is only 31, he looks older than me and I am older than 31. The question for Eurovision is can he sing? Who cares? The song is just a standard pop with a country influence. France will be making the numbers in the final again.

What is it about the French language that makes it sound at random intervals that the speaker is trying to hock a loogie? Beautiful language and then the speaker just spits out a giant phlegm ball. I am just glad the chorus of this song is in English otherwise the front row would be covered in green.

The Phlegm balls sounded nicer in 1975

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Population 66 616 416
Area: 640 679 km2
Language: French
Eurovision attendances: 57
Eurovision wins: 5 (1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977)

Lisa Angell - N'oubliez pas

The blurb about this song that it is "a great and beautiful chanson that evokes the First World War and at heart all wars". Don’t tell the French, but the drums make it sound more like a Napoleonic theme than a 20th century war song

The song is nice and well sung and all that but it needs a gimmick to win Eurovision and anything gimmicky would make the performance tasteless. It has… nothing really

The book makers already have this in the bottom half of the odds, which is bad because this is one of 6 songs that is already in the final. The only one of the 6 songs lower than this song in the offs is the German entry, who coincidently are the least likely to give this song votes…

France had happier times than this song. The last happy time was 38 years ago when they last won Eurovision.

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SPOILER ALERT: if you are yet to watch the semis, this is a list of the running order of the final, so the 11 non-qualifiers are not listed. if you don't want to know who qualified, stop reading now.

Other than an update  on the odds, this is mainly a copy and paste of what I wrote earlier in the week, mainly because it is not fair to base Denmark and the big 5 on their rehearsal and the 20 acts that qualified from the semis on their polished performance complete with gimmicks and effects, but Romania was pretty awesome in the end

Final running order )
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The semi performances will be the same in the final for those that make it. There are 6 that have already made it though to the final, most because they pay to.

The big 5 are German, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain and they are the the biggest financial contributors to the EBU. Denmark also Auto qualify for the Final because they allegedly sent the best act last year, they were at least determined to be the winner of last years contest.

so these are the other 6 rehearsals.

Auto-qualifiers for the final )

passionpop: (die bitch)
France has won 5 Eurovisions, their last being in 1977. 5 years after that win France withdrew from the 1982 event. A manager at the French broadcaster claimed that the event had an absence of talent and the songs were mediocre. In that vein France has sent the following to Eurovision 2014

Song: Moustache

The artists insist this is not intended as a novelty act, the song is actually a 'critique of our culture of hyper-consumption', which is why they are performing it at the worlds biggest music contest in a spectacle that cost millions to produce. No consumption intended obviously.

Lets face it, it is a novelty act and there are better novelty acts this year. The more novelty acts in, the less chance a novelty act has to win. Aw well this year is novel enough with Aussie Jessica Mauboy performing as the interval act in one of the semis.

This song is an annoyingly catchy version of “Ordinary Angels”, but Europe wouldn't know that song. It is a similar theme.

Novelty with a message is less successful than just plain novelty, just ask Rambo Amadeus from Montenegro. He didn't even qualify for the final in 2012. France doesn't have to worry about that though.

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Country: France

Debut: 1956
Previous Appearances: 55
Wins: 5 (1958 - André Claveau 'Dors, mon amour', 1960 - Jacqueline Boyer 'Tom Pillibi', 1962 - Isabelle Aubret 'Un premier amour', tie 1969 - Frida Boccara 'Un jour, un enfant', 1977 - Marie Myriam 'L'oiseau et l'enfant')

Artist: Amandine Bourgeois
Song: L'Enfer Et Moi

France has be trying a few things over the last few years to win the title that has eluded them for the last 36 years, they have even started using words in their songs that are not *shock* French. These attempts at change made the songs more interesting. This song remains in french and is possible as interesting, if not more so than anything they have sent to Eurovision in the last decade.

The singer is like a cross between Courtney Love and Amy Winehouse.... I don't know if she has the same additives in her body as they do though. It is a shame she was an idol winner because that implies she is quite the performer more than an actual talent.

The bookies don't rate this, but I wouldn't be surprised if it goes top ten just for being interesting

and this is over in Un, Deux, Trois

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Performer: Anggun
Song: Echo (You and I) 

With the success of the MILF that Azerbaijan sent to Eurovision last year, France has decided to send one this year. Problem is that I can't watch this clip without seeing Anggun (who is Indonesian) saying 'Me love you long time', which is wrong because Cynthia from Priscilla was Filipino not Indonesian.... 

The song starts off sounding like an 80's electronica track, but ends sounding like a summer network promotion for Channel 7. The song doesn't rate in the betting but I don't think anyone associated with the song really cares. If it doesn't get picked up as a network promo by next summer, it would have already made its money in gay nightclubs.

I am still trying to find the line in this song, which is obviously in the French lyrics, that translates to 'You buy, you buy'. 'Vous achetez, vous achetez' has to be in there somewhere.

France imports singers to Eurovision as well as Exports them. in 1965, a french singer represented Monaco while an Algerian represented France. What a wonderous international competition Eurovision is. 

passionpop: (completely)
Previous: Switzerland 


Jessy Matador - Alllez Olla Olé

The only live clips I could find this close to the event were all rehearsals for the actual Eurovision event, and I didn't want to ruin the spectacular... so here is the promo clip. Classy isn't it.... Don't get the American flag though

I think this is France's best chance in years. it is just a typical summer hit song with an element of football chant, perfect for a World Cup summer. Could French translate to a win this year... well France hasn't won since 1977 and, forgive me if I am wrong, but the last song in any form of French that has won Eurovision was.... Celine Dion in 1988 (for Switzerland)

This is fairly long odds to win, at 124, but I am not ruling this out completely. It really depends on how drunk Europe is when it is time to vote and if I am anything to go by, this could be messy.

For the final Piece of Eurovision history for 2010... lets go to 1982 when the French broadcaster decided Eurovision had become a joke and refused to enter.... of we could turn back time 50 years to Jacqueline Boyer with 'Tom Pillibi'... wee wee wee (I head that said in the clip and had to quote it...)

thats all the songs for 2010.... OMG! that was painful


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