France Gall: ‘my Eurovision experience was a true nightmare’
PARIS, FRANCE – Last Saturday, France Gall was the guest of honour of Stéphane Bern’s show “C’est Votre Vie » (This is your life). On France 2, Eurovision winner spoke about her Eurovision experience and called it a true nightmare.
In 1965, in Naples, young French singer France Gall represented Luxembourg in the contest with a very modern song “Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son” (Wax doll, bran doll) penned by famous but controversial artist Serge Gainsbourg.
During rehearsals, France was booed by the audience and the RAI orchestra musicians and had to fight with herself to perform on the big night. When she left the stage, she clearly thought she could not win and didn’t care about the result.
Against all odds, she was declared a surprise winner but what should have been a night of victory celebration and happiness became one of the saddest evening of her professional life. Just after the announcement of the winner, she called her boyfriend (French 1970’s idol Claude François) who, instead of congratulating his fiancée, just broke up with her. Furthermore, France was slapped by Kathy Kirby, the UK entrant and early favourite of the contest.
Apparently, her second place had turned the British singer into a jealous loser…
Hence, when France had to go back on stage to perform “Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son” again, the tears she had in her young eyes were everything but tears of joy…
Even though France Gall has put an end to her career a few years ago, she is still very popular in France, and her winning entry, which was the start of a tremendous career in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, is still considered by many over here as one of the best Eurovision entries ever.