Last night marked the summer solstice—the longest day of the year. That means there was more time to party. All across France people poured onto the streets to enjoy the first night of summer and to watch the popular Fête de la musique, which brings together musicians both emerging and established. State broadcaster France 2 organised a huge concert, held this year in Montpellier, and it featured three Eurovision veterans.
It was a huge success with an average of three million viewers tuning in and around 20,000 people gathered in Montpelier’s Place de la Comédie for a gigantic show. The biggest star of the night was not French but Austrian, as Conchita Wurst gave her first live performance in France. In rising from the ashes, Conchita set fire to Montpellier.
The audience roared during “Rise like a Phoenix”. And once again, the diva delivered a message of freedom and tolerance. “I made a decision: I want to be a bearded lady on stage and I’m allowed to do that,” she said. “And everybody’s got the right to create their own faboulous life”.
Gérard Lenorman, who represented his country in 1988, invited other artists to join him to sing his legendary feel good anthem “La ballade des gens heureux” (Happy people’s ballad).
The famous Coriscan star, Patrick Fiori, also attended the show. Patrick, who sang “Mama Corsica” in the 1993 edition of the Contest, invited the audience to a romantic break with his latest song “Elles” (Them girls).
Who said that singing at Eurovision leads your career straight to nowhere?
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