France: Claudio Capéo turned down offer for Eurovision 2017

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He’s a former star of The Voice in France. And now it’s emerged that Claudio Capéo could have been France’s Eurovision 2017 act as well.

On Wednesday the 32-year old singer spoke with French outlet 20 Minutes on Facebook live. During the chat, Claudio revealed that he was asked to represent his country at Eurovision 2017, but turned the opportunity down.

“It’s too dangerous for me,” he said. “I’m too nervous for such a big thing. I fear to disappoint. If I fail I would fear a tough backlash.”

Not only that, but Claudio’s schedule would not have worked with Eurovision either. “I saw the amount of work it was for Alma…I already had so much work.”

Alma certainly put in the hours ahead of Eurovision, appearing at nearly all of the Pre-Party events — including London, Amsterdam, Madrid and Tel Aviv. We don’t blame anyone for being daunted by that kind of schedule!

It’s no surprise that the French team were interested in Claudio, though. The singer — well known for his accordion playing — appeared on last year’s edition of The Voice: la plus belle voix.

Though he didn’t make it far in the contest — he lost in the battle round — it didn’t stop the French public from taking him to heart. The video for his debut single “Un homme debout” has clocked up nearly 75 million views, with the song charting in the top ten in both France and Belgium.

Not only that, but his self-titled debut album went to number one in France and is now 3x Platinum. His star is only on the rise!

Y’all: we would not have wanted to pick between Alma and Claudio! The fact the choice even included these two rising acts shows how far France has come in the last couple of years at Eurovision. They are taking it seriously!

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Do you think Claudio would have been a good choice for France? Or was Alma always the best option? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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