A source close to the French delegation for Eurovision 2014 has revealed to wiwibloggs.com that France 3 has drafted a list of three candidates for Copenhagen. The three lucky ladies are French songstresses Zaz, Tal and Shy’m. “These rising French stars could really shine and help France win Eurovision again,” our source tells us. “They are already hugely popular among French teenagers and are making an impact in foreign countries, too.” Should any of these ladies represent France at Eurovision 2014? Let’s meet them in turn so you can decide.
Even before she released her first single in May 2010, Zaz was already causing a media storm. French magazines dubbed her the next big thing based on industry whispers. Here’s how Telerama announced her arrival: “Rumor has swelled in recent weeks: Zaz is a sacred voice, and she will be the revelation of the summer!”
Known for performing jazz and chanson, she is an independent spirit who rejects materialism and values art over fame. As she sings in her song “Je Veux”: “Give me a suite at the Ritz—I don’t want it! Give me jewelry from Chanel? I don’t want it! Give me a limousine — what would I do with it?” In May she may ride that limo straight to Eurovision…
Zaz has already performed in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Turkey, and one German newspaper described her as having “the voice of Edith Piaf.” She translates well across borders.
Our source believes she would fare well at Eurovision. “She is a real phenomenon of French music,” he says. “She’s known by Russians, by Germans and by some Brits. For the foreigner she is the typical French girl you want to hear. Her sound is so bohemian, so Parisian.”
Interestingly, she released a three-minute song on October 15, 2013, which makes it eligible to compete at Eurovision. You can have a listen to “si” below.
You can Visit Zaz’s official web site here.
Tal’s family immigrated to France from Israel when she was still a toddler, and her name translates as “morning dew” in Hebrew. That moisture has given rise to a beautiful flower in full bloom! Tal began performing in piano bars at the age of 12. An agent signed her two days after stumbling into one of her performances. Critics have compared her voice to Rihanna, and you’ll understand why if you listen to the following. Wait for her vocal flourish at 3:18. C’est incroyable!
Our source says that Tal is his preferred choice. “She looks beautiful and her voice has something very special about it,” he says. “It is a very modern voice because she plays with oriental accents. When she sings in French it’s something you have never heard before.” Her Israeli heritage combined with her strong French identity also offer a vision of today’s France. “She represents all of what France hopes to embody—a cosmopolitan way of thinking, an openness to the world and optimism.”
Tal is just 23 and her sound is still evolving. It has become slightly more R&B of late. She recently collaborated on a single with Little Mix, the girl group that won the eighth series of Britain’s X Factor. And she’s even teamed up with Flo Rida! Tal is seriously international, y’all!
You can visit Tal’s official web site here.
The final act we know France 3 has considered is Shy’m. Born Tamara Marthe, the 27-year-old already has four Platinum albums including Caméléon, which topped the charts in 2012. “Eurovision is Hollywood but it’s also like the Moulin Rouge,” our source tells us. “Shy’m is the perfect mix between the two.”
She certainly has the Moulin Rouge part down. She caused quite a stir in January when she appeared at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes wearing a transparent corset. Even Britain’s Daily Mail covered her body-liscious look. But beyond her fashion sense, Shy’m is tremendous on the stage. “She would understand that Eurovision is a show, and be able to give people magic and unforgettable moments. Shy’m has roots in Martinique, and embodies the synthesis of French identity — she’s modern, feminine, enthusiastic.”
She can also dance, dance, dance! She won Dancing with the Stars in 2011, and is known to give scintillating live performances. It’s a good indicator of what she could do on the Eurovision stage.
You can visit Shy’m’s official site here.
So what do you think? Would any of these singers be strong contenders to win in Copenhagen? Who do you want to see compete for France at Eurovision 2014?
Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.