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After five (5) long weeks of expectation in France, the suspense finally came to an end with Twin Twin, consisting of twin brothers Lorent Idir and François Djemel and their friend Patrick Biyk, selected to carry the flag in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 10th May. They will be performing the catchy tune Moustache written by Pierre Beyres, Kim N'Guyen, Lorent Idir and François Ardouvin.

Twin Twin managed to succeed over the other contenders; Destan and Joanna, who were competing with the songs Sans Toi and Ma Liberté, the latter written by Philip Vella, Sean Vella, Gerard James Borg and Yann Guillon. The last French victory was thirty-seven (37) years ago with Marie Myriam and France expects a good result with this very catchy tune based on a true story of a guy who has everything in his life but still expects to have a Moustache. TwinTwin has already let us know that they intend to bring lot of fun on stage in Copenhagen, Denmark. France finished twenty-third (23rd) last year in Malmö and no doubt that TwinTwin will rock the stage and place France much higher on the scoreboard. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_78Z6xxN9s

In France, a selection process was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, featuring three (3) entries, all of which hope to represent the nation in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In recent weeks escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of speaking to two (2) of the acts; Joanna and Twin Twin, both considered to be the frontrunners. Whilst we appreciate the authenticity of both entries, our support goes towards the former, due to the fact that the song-writing team comprises of Gerard James Borg, Philip Vella and Sean Vella, all being local.

Joanna is busy promoting her entry Ma Liberté, having had a special performance on Le Mag on NRJ 12, one of the most popular broadcasters in the country, especially where music is concerned. The vocalist has recently been in touch with the editorial team, and recorded a specific video directed to YOU, our readers, to call for your support and votes, something which could be done through the Official Website of France 3. You may also purchase a copy of the single through digital store, iTunes in Malta and help it climb up the local charts, considering that the product is indeed local.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJd7q2Jsq0

Apart from promoting the single, and hoping to become the next representative of France, with the hope of improving recent results at the international competition, Joanna is hoping to revive her career, and therefore, also launched an English version of the song entitled Re-Invented as well as a brand new version of Ma Liberté which has more punch. The idea is to re-create a bond-like feeling in this new take, one which I believe is extremely powerful, especially in comparison to the one presented before it. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Joanna (Facebook / Twitter)

In 2014, France 3 decided to host a selection process for their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, making it their first in seven years since Les Fatals Picards and their entry L’Amour à la Français. One of the three (3) shortlisted artists, Joanna has just given an interview to eurovision-quotidien where she revealed that her entry Ma Liberté (My Freedom) is composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. Nevertheless, she will be performing the song in French and has thus enlisted the services of Yann Guilon.

Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest with no less than five entries to their name; Desire (2000), 7th Wonder (2002), On Again .. Off Again (2004), Vertigo (2007) and Vodka (2008) have competed in other international selections in the past, including in The Netherlands with Ebonique and their entry Heatwave (2003), finishing in fourth place and in Norway with the track Absolutely Fabulous performed by Queentastic (2007) managing a third place finish. 

This news comes in just after Ally, Elton Zarb and Natasha Turner made it to the Lithuanian finals as songwriters. Joanna will be competing alongside Twin Twin and Destan for the right to represent France at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The songs will officially be presented on the 26th January 2014 during the programme Les Chansons D’Abord hosted by former representative; Natasha St-Pier on France 3. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision-quotidien

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJSkfmXGIG4

Thursday, 09 January 2014 05:44

France: Song Titles Made Public by Broadcaster

Amandine Bourgeois, and her entry L’Enfer et Moi was not technically an internal selection noting that there were several stages prior to the eventual choice but nevertheless, Frédéric Valencak, the current Head of Delegation is set to revamp the format even further by including the public in a nationwide vote. Late in 2013, France 3 went public with three (3) names as shortlisted by a fourteen (14) member jury panel, and the initial comments were surprisingly positive, especially with several upcoming artists putting their name forward to represent France according to various sources.

Destan, protégées of Universal Music France will be performing the song Sans Toi; Twin Twin, represented by Warner Music France will be singing the track Moustache and Joanna Lagrave from Star Academy will belt out Ma Libertè. The fact that France is actually making use of their own labels is somewhat comforting, especially when not just one label is involved. This is said due to the fact that Warner Music France was responsible for the past three entries from France, including L’Enfer et Moi (2013), Echo (You and I) (2012) and Sognu (2011), respectively.

The tracks of the national selection will not be made public prior to the selection show, which will officially kick-off on the 26th January on the programme Les Chansons D’Abord hosted by the magnificent Natasha St-Pier who proudly represented France in the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Je n’ai que mon ame which finished in fourth place, and remains to be a fan-favourite to this day. Voting will commence on the programme and will run for just over a month with the results revealed on the same programme on the 2nd March 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUpa37Oqhc

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:15

France: Shortlist of Three Artists Made Public

France 3, the national television broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation in the Eurovision Song Contest had initially made an announcement stating that three (3) artists will be put forward for an upcoming selection procedure. The first detailed have officially emerged as a committee made up of fourteen (14) members, including former Head of Delegation, Bruno Berberes and current Head of Delegation, Fred Valencak had the opportunity to shortlist the acts which they would like to see represent France at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest set for the 10th May in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is important to point out that although the fourteen (14) panel jury was comprised of people from the music industry, they sought to incorporate the best possible new talent that the country has to offer rather than submitting names of well known artists such as Shy'M. It was in 2009, when France last managed a top ten result, that being at the hands of Patricia Kaas and her song Et S'il Faillait le Faire. The three (3) acts shortlisted for the public selection are as follows;

Destan (Dean Killian, Quentin), a boyband whose music is best described as pop, with a lot of enthusiasm and a distinctive fresh sound. They hope to followin the path of One Direction.

Joanna, discovered through the eighth edition of Star Academy back in 2008, where she was the first runner-up. She had the opportunity to tour all over Europe with the musical 'Il était une fois Joe Dassin' with the genres being a fusion of jazz, soul and rock. She expects to go to places should she get the opportunity to represent France.

Twin Twin, a group made up of three (3) members, the first two (2) being twin brothers, Loren Idir and François Djemel whilst the third one actually being a beatboxer known as Patrick Byick. Their music is described as a mixture of pop and rap.

On the 26th January 2014, the public broadcaster of France will present the songs that will be competing for the right to represent the nation. All of this will happen on the programme 'Les Chansons d'Abord' hosted by 2001 representative Natasha St-Pier who will also be present at the international event having joined the team as a commentator. The audience will have the opportunity to listen to three (3) entries as they will be available on rotation. The votation is set to end on the 23rd February when the results of a public and professional vote will be made public. Stay tuned ot escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUpa37Oqhc

In 2007, Les Fatals Picards won the right to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track L’amour à la française in a national final which included a total of ten (10) acts as presented by the five main television broadcasters. The mere mention of a national final in France might mean nothing to several fans of the country within the internationally renowned music event due to years of internal selections. For the first time in seven (7) years, France 3 has just announced a national final which will see three (3) songs battling it out in order to represent the direct finalist.

France 3 is already accepting submissions for next years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a panel of professional experts set to shortlist the best three entries on the 26th November 2013. What is interesting though is that one of the individuals on this professional will be a viewer of France 3 or listener of France Bleu, the national radio broadcaster in France. Three (3) questions in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest will be put forward for the public to answer with one lucky individual drawn to join the panel of professional judges.

What follows next is somewhat traditionally used in Ireland, as the three (3) chosen entries will be presented to the general public on the show Les Chansons d’Abord hosted by former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Natasha St-Pier. The public will then have a 100% say in the final choice of both the artist and the entry after each of the three (3) performed live on national television. The date when this will happen is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtHeKV6gblg

Friday, 04 October 2013 13:07

France: Casting Call Procedure Commences

FranceTélévisions, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of France within the Eurovision Song Contest has launched a casting call which will see to the selection of an artist to represent the nation at the upcoming edition of the international competition taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier this year, Amandine Bourgeois and her entry L'Enfer et Moi finishing in a disappointing 23rd place with just 13 points.

France 3, the actual broadcaster selected to take care of the event since 2001 onward, is looking for an artist over the age of sixteen, who would send a demo via web transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to Sunday, 24th November 2013. In the meantime, the song should be mostly in French although an additional couple of phrases in a foreign language would also be accepted. The actual selection of the song is yet to be revealed but nevertheless, more information is expected from FranceTélévisions during the course of the season. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: FranceTélévisions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQwiQj5Dyj8

Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to France whose broadcaster, France 3 will be represented by Amandine Bourgeois and the track L'Enfer et Moi composed by David Salkin to the lyrics of Boris Bergman. 

In 2008, Amandine won “La Nouvelle Star” (French Pop Idol). The audience instantly fell under the spell of her warm and hoarse voice, both powerful and fragile at once. In 2009, her debut album 20m² is certified Gold. For her second album Sans Amour Mon Amour in 2012 she records in the famous Abbey Road studios in London, with Amy Winehouse and Plan B’s staff. Amandine uses her inner emotions to sing, to write and feed her inspiration. Amongst some of her most beautiful memories: a duet she performed with Scorpions, and opening for Johnny Hallyday’s concerts in the historical Royal Albert Hall venue in London.

Amandine is proud and honoured to represent France at the ESC. She wanted to offer the audience a song she felt completely at ease with, a song close to who she was. L’Enfer Et Moi, written by Boris Bergman and composed by David Salkin, is in perfect harmony with her personality. For her fans and for the Eurovision Song Contest, she swears to give it her all! David Salkin began percussion. Then, he learned drums and guitar. At 15 years old, he was the drummer for the French singer Pierre Vassiliu during his first tour. He composed for Kadja Nin, Raoul Petite and Pierre Vassiliu, and played on stage and in studios with some of the best French singers, such as Alain Bashung, Jacques Higelin, Zazie, Florent Pagny, Stephan Eicher and Ismaël Lo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sjttHafsyE

Boris Bergamn is a very famous French writer. He was born in London of Russian origin, and arrived in France at the age of 14. In 1968, he created the lyrics of the song Rain And Tears, one of the big hits for the Greek band Aphhrodite’s Child. Then, he wrote for a lot of very famous French singers, such as Nana Mouskouri, Juliette Gréco, Richard Anthony, Dalida, Michel Delpech, France Gall, Patrick Juvet, Régine, Gérard Lenormand, Nicoletta, Christophe, Catherine Lara, Nicole Croisille, Marie Laforêt and Alice Dona. Boris Bergman is well-known by the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1973, he wrote the song Un Train Qui Part for Monaco (8th place). In 1975 he began again writing for Monaco with the song Une Chanson C’est Une Lettre (13th place).

Until the millennium, France was one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest managing to reach the top ten on several occasions, whilst also managing five victories in total, the last one coming back in 1977 with the song L'oiseau et l'enfant performed by Marie Myriam. In recent years, there have been a number of internal selections but despite enlisting notable artists, at times the live performance did not live up to the success and thus the result was somewhat disappointing. Last year, the country was represented by Anggun and the song Echo (You and I) which only managed to garner some points thanks to the jury as the public awarded her the dreaded 'nil points'. Their last top ten result was achieved back in 2009 with Patricia Kaas and her song Et S'Il Faillait Le Faire finishing in eight place. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 67%

Martin Isherwood: Strong voice with loads of character Good chorus Unusual snare sound at the start and interesting arrangement. Starts out like a French Amy Winehouse with a touch of Duffy and finishes like Adele 'rolling in the deep'. In the final anyway.

Sharon Vaughn: I love the feel and texture of this track/song ... it is a little different and that is good news.

Stano Simor: Amandine has a very good voice and French lyrics in general sound extremely sexy. Due to the fact that France is already competing in the final, they will most likely not be coming with a certain attitude to achieve success. It is a pleasant song to listen to but technically with minimal ambitions to reach a high position on the night of the final.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJaab8j4fU

Published in Editorials

France is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest  by virtue of winning the competition five times but then again, their last victory came at the hands of Marie Myriam with the track L'oiseau et l'enfant way back in 1977 when the juries had a one hundred percent say in the final results and the music was played live by an orchestra. There have been a lot of changes to the event since then as well as the participation of the country with the broadcasting agency also changing hands through France Televisions. The latest host of the Eurovision Song Contest is France 3 and since having taken up the role in 1999, their results have not really been all that positive, noting only three top ten results since then, those coming in 2001, 2002 and 2009 but nevertheless, they are ready to face the challenge with a brand new attitude as they confirm their participation in Sweden where the event will be hosted next year.

Thierry Laglois said that France will not quite the Eurovision Song Contest for two particular reasons, the first being that they are one of the founders of the European Broadcasting Union and the second one being that the event is the best way to reach their respective audience noting that last Saturday there were four (4) million people who saw the event. It seems that they will not be vying to get more well known artists with Langlois adding 'we cannot afford known personalities to suffer such setbacks'. This comes to light following an interview that Anggun gave following the Eurovision Song Contest where she stated that she was humiliated by the result. It seems that Bruno Berberes' initial idea for 2013 will come into play as a national final featuring up and coming acts will be taking place next year although this is still to be confirmed by France 3. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DZ7DbdeOeE