He’s one half of a duo that took sex to the top of Francophone music charts in 2006. Now, after a recent stint on reality TV, Nony is ready to sing for France at Eurovision 2018.
Born Anthony Kruger, Nony is best known as a member of Tribal King, along with David Sansault. The pair enjoyed incredible success with their debut single “Façon Sex”, reaching number one in both France and Wallonia. However, their popularity proved to be brief. The follow-up peaked at 15 and by 2009 the hits had dried up completely.
Over a decade on from his musical heyday, Nony is back in the public eye following his participation in Secret Story — a reality show similar to Big Brother except with the added twist that each housemate has a secret. Nony’s not so secret secret was that he once topped the charts for several weeks. The 33 year old didn’t last long, and was evicted on day one. And therein begins his Eurovision story.
In a post-eviction interview with Télé-Loisirs.fr the one-hit wonder makes clear his desire to do Eurovision. When asked about his future projects, Nony explains that he’s been planning a comeback for a while. And the man is serious. He’s already written and composed an entry for France’s upcoming national selection.
I will release a title in the coming weeks. I have been preparing for my return for a while … And I am ambitious to represent France at Eurovision in Portugal in 2018! I wrote and composed a title for [the national selection]. It is a real challenge and I really want to do it.
As for whether he’ll do more reality TV, the answer is no. Eurovision is now his main priority.
I need time to think and see what is good for me or not. With the Eurovision project, reality TV is not really compatible.
Tribal King “Façon Sex” (Official Video)
France at Eurovision 2018
It’s the Big Five nation that turned around its run of bad luck and regularly brings home good results. Now France’s broadcaster France 2 has opened submissions for its entry in Eurovision 2018. But things are different this time: France will be returning to a national final.
While the broadcaster hasn’t released specific details of the national final, they have confirmed a contest format will be used to select France’s song for Eurovision 2018. The show will be produced by ITV Studios France, the French outpost of the major UK television production house.
The contest is open to all, potentially giving undiscovered French singers the chance to be the next Amir or Alma. There’s also the possibility that established French artists will enter.
As well as the usual requirements for a Eurovision entry, there are some specific rules for the French song search. The song cannot have more than four songwriters behind it, and the lyrics must be at least 70% French. Both of France’s two most recent Eurovision entries have been bilingual, using English lyrics in the chorus to connect with non-French-speaking viewers.
Do you want to see Nony in the French national final? Are you ready for some “Façon Sex” realness? Or would you rather he stay away? Let us know in the comments below.