FRANCE – With preparations for the national selection, Destination Eurovision, ongoing, we learned that this year we will have new jury member(s) and three live shows (instead of recorded semi finals).
It is well know according to the French HoD, that it is necessary for a national over an internal selection as the burden of the choice is too heavy for a broadcaster. The choice by the public is th best solution.
In recent interviews we got to know that two names are rumoured for France. In one interview, Tal Benyerzi is considering the idea but tour schedule ad stress is to allowing her at the moment to consider it seriously. But you never know.
Tal Benyerzi was born in Haderah, Israel. Her family immigrated to France before her first birthday. Her name means “morning dew” in Hebrew. She was born into a musical home. Her Algerian-Jewish father was a guitar player, her Yemeni-Jewish mother a professional singer under the name Sem Azar. Her brother is a songwriter and her aunt and cousin are singers.
At the age of 3, Tal began to study piano and guitar and enrolled in dance lessons and modern jazz. She also took part in a theater group called Compagnie Les Sales Gosses. She started playing in piano bars making interpretations of classics and contemporary songs. Her first song and music video was with “La Musique mon ange”.
After two years of collaboration with songwriter and producer L’Aura Marciano, Tal released her debut album Le droit de rêver with pop melodies, urban rhythm and at times classical arrangements. Collaborations included Sean Paul in “Waya Waya” mixed by Veronica Ferraro, L’Algérino in a remake “Le sens de la vie” and John Hanes as sound engineer.
Her first single from the album was “On avance” which reached No. 29 in SNEP, the official French singles chart. That was followed by “Waya Waya”. Her biggest hit was “Le sens de la vie” from the album. It reached No. 4 in the French charts. The album also contains a bonus version of the song featuring French-Algerian L’Algérino as a bonus track. Tal remains involved in charity. She was the spokesman for MTV’s campaign for support of the French AIDS charity Sidaction.
On botherer interview cc said that he would love to go to Eurovision despite the stress ad the risk. Don’t forget though that currently the singer is simply promoting his upcoming album.
The youngest of a Catalan Gitano family, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan. He gained some fame through publishing materials online. His gypsy version of “Bella” by Maître Gims filmed by a friend went viral. His video garnered almost 3.8 million views. Another popular song he uploaded was “Si j’étais president” a cover of Gérard Lenorman.
For season 3 of The Voice: la plus belle voix, he auditioned with the song “Bella” by Maître Gims in the second episode of season 3 broadcast on January 18, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.
In the Musical Battles Round broadcast on March 8, 2014, Mika put him against Youness both singing “Tous les mêmes” from Stromae. Kendji moved to “L’épreuve ultime” round where he performed “Hotel California from The Eagles in the 29 March 2014 emission.
In the live rounds he performed “Ma philosophie” from Amel Bent (5 April 2014), “Mad World” from Tears for Fears (19 April 2014) and “Allumer le feu” from Johnny Hallyday (19 April 2014). In the semi-final on 3 May 2014 he sang “Belle” from Garou and Daniel Lavoie qualifying for the finals as Team Mika’s finalist.
In the final broadcast on Final: 10 May 2014, He sang “Amor de mis amores” / “Volare” from Gipsy Kings, “Temps à nouveau” from Jean-Louis Aubert and “L’Aigle noir” from Barbara. He won The Voice title for season 3 with 51% of the public vote against 21% for runner up Maximilien Philippe, with Amir Haddad finishing third with 18% and Wesley with only 10% fourth.
His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish “Color Gitano”, released in June 2014 from his EP, his official album released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and “Color Gitano” as Francophone Song of the Year. His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, and over 1 million copies by October 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France’s second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae. As of now, he is nearing 1.2 million copies sold. He is currently the biggest selling The Voice alumnus worldwide. His follow-up single “Andalouse” proved even more successful commercially. Other notable singles included “Conmigo” from the repackaged version of Kendji released on May 4, 2015.
A second album titled Ensemble was released on October 30, 2015. Notable singles from his second album include “Me Quemo”, “Les yeux de la mama” and “No Me Mirès Màs” (jointly with Soprano).