She’s the cute chanteuse flying the flag for la Belle France at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv in May. But despite her charm, warmth and killer song it seems Alma can’t please everyone. That’s because Eurovision fans in France have (repeatedly) criticised her decision to add English elements to her Eurovision entry “Requiem”.
The original version released February 9 was French through and through.
The criticism started then and there. Among those throwing shade was French government minister André Vallini, who took to Twitter to air his view:
@LGDM_Officiel Désolé qu’en 2017 à nouveau la France soit representée à l’Eurovision par une chanson en anglais:stop à l’anglicisation
— André VALLINI (@VALLINIAndre) March 13, 2017
In the tweet, the Secretary to the Prime Minister in charge of relations with Parliament criticises what he sees as “Anglicisation” of France at Eurovision.
Eurofans will remember Vallini similarly criticsed Amir’s “J’ai Cherché” last year, saying that the inclusion of English verses in the song amounted to surrendering the French language.
Now Alma has clapped back against the haters.
“We have to touch 200 million viewers,” she told PureCharts, “and if people don’t understand it they won’t vote for you.”
For Alma it’s about connecting with the audience. “If you hear a few words you know in English and can sing along it changes everything! We want to seduce a wider audience.”
She was supported in her comments by French Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi, who pointed out that haters should recognise it as a way of opening the song out to audiences across Europe.
ALMA’S ROAD TO EUROVISION
The French delegation are also approaching the task of taking “Requiem” to Europe literally, as they’ve intensively toured the track during the Eurovision season.
Alma kicked things off with an appearance at the Ukrainian national selection and has followed that up with appearances in London, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam.
She’s also scheduled to make a final stop in Madrid at the Eurovision Pre-Party Spain on April 15 before preparations for Eurovision 2017 begin in earnest.
What do you think about the controversy? Do French Eurofans need to chill out? Or should national languages be promoted more at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!