France 2018: Olivier’s five wishful potentials for Lisbon
EDITORIAL These are just a few names that seem “realistic” for Eurovision. But since France is going back for a national final in 2018, maybe we should expect a newcomer to fly to Lisbon. Just like the UK, France has a bunch of talented big names, but, as French member of delegation told us in Kiev, France Télévisions is unsuccessfully struggling to get them involved… Below you can vote for your favourite French hopeful as suggest by Olivier. Remember you can vote up to three of them. Who could be the French bidder in Portugal? Here are my 5 “realistic” hopefuls for Eurovision 2018
Christophe Willem – He rose to fame some years ago after winning the French “Idol” show. His specific voice and personality, making him able to sing anything from soft ballads to electro acts made him instantly popular on the French music scene. Those last years though, Christophe Willem has been struggling to get under the spotlight again, despite the release of several good albums. He would be perfect for Eurovision for sure, and that would help him do a successful come back.
Nolwenn Leroy – The “Celtic diva” is another winner of a talent show in the early 2000’s. She probably has the most amazing voice of the French music scene, and hasn’t disappeared from the spotlight, even if she’s less famous than before. She would be a perfect “chanteuse française” for Eurovision (with the right song though). Another good point is that famous authors would fight to write her a song.
Emmanuel Moire – This French “hunk” is often rumoured as being about to wave the French flag on Eurovision scene, but this hasn’t happened yet. He has the whole package though: good voice, great pop songs, and an obvious good look. Since the successful “Le Roi Soleil” musical, Emmanuel has also been an artist struggling to hit the charts despite some clever efforts. Just like Christophe Willem, Eurovision could be the trampoline he needs.
Jain – France is not all about great-voiced divas. The so-called “French-scene” could also do very well at Eurovision. Young Jain rose to fame 2 years ago with very unusual but successful tracks which have even been used for adverts in national TV. For sure, this artist would be something different (a bit like Sébastien Tellier back in 2008). A clever mix of electro and African rhythm could do well indeed.
Imany – She’s actually the black diva of our music scene, with beautiful soul songs that obviously remind us of Tracy Chapman. Great voice, classy presence on stage, she could conquer Europe, but unfortunately, she only sings in English.