FRANCE – This morning ‘Destination Eurovision” was introduced to the public and the names of professional judges were revealed. Amongst them, are 3 Francophone judges whose votes will count for 50% of the outcome of each semi-final. Let’s get to know them.
Découvrez le jury de #DestinationEurovision : @boulay_isabelle, @Amir_Off @cwillem ! Que pensent-ils de ce challenge ? Et est-ce que la chanson qui l'emportera aura ses chances à l'#Eurovision ? pic.twitter.com/K425v4oCdg
— Eurovision France (@EurovisionF2) December 11, 2017
Isabelle Boulay – Ladies first! The Canadian singer rose to fame in France back in 1998 with her album “États d’Amour”. She is a typical Quebec voiced diva (like Natasha St Pier or Céline Dion), with a powerful voice and an incredible charisma on stage. In the 2000’s Isabelle had a number of hits but her career has become a bit more confidential lately even if she’s still one of our favourite “chanteuses”. In 2017 she released a brand new album “En Vérité”, and most Eurofans were happily surprised this morning to see that she had been chosen to be part of the jury. Her biggest hit was “Parle-Moi”, back in 2000.
Christophe Willem (Christophe Frédéric Durier) – With his unique voice and his original personality, the pop singer, nicknamed La Tortue (the turtle), has long been tipped as a possible French entrant for Eurovision. Christophe won talent show “Nouvelle Star” in 2006, and immediately rose to fame with his first album “Inventaire” that was a huge success over here. He also won an incredible number of awards with his track “Double Je”. In 2011 he became a member of the jury on the first (and only) X-Factor show. His following albums were often praised by critics but did not always meet with the public. Last September, he released his fifth album “Rio”, and the first single, “Marlon Brando” is becoming more and more popular.
Amir (Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad) – Is it really necessary to introduce the latest French Eurovision phenomenon? Back in 2016, former finalist of French version of “The Voice” was internally chosen to wave the tricolour flag in Stockholm. The French-Israeli singer surprised us all with his entry “J’ai Cherché” and has embodied the rebirth of France on Eurovision stage since then. Following his successful 6th place, Amir has become THE sensation on the French music scene, releasing two very successful albums and winning numerous prizes (MTV EMA 2016 and 2017, Song of the Year 2016 and 2017 …). Last year in Kyiv he was even asked to coach the French entrant, Alma, and to comment the final on national TV.