France and Eurovision are not the best friends at the moment. After Lisa Angell finished 25th out of 27 acts with “N’oubliez pas”, her tribute to France’s resolve during World War I, some French officials voiced that they were ready to withdraw. Luckily the country of Patricia Kaas and Anggun subsequently confirmed their participation for the 2016 contest. The worst of this emotional storm is over.

Now Eurofans — and presumably French television executives — turn to the question of who should represent France at Eurovision 2016. Well we’ve got a name — and apparently she has the desire!

In a recent interview with Belgium’s Ciné Télé Revue, French singer Louane Emera said that she wouldn’t mind representing France at Eurovision. “I’ve never really been asked that question,” she said. “It’s funny. But yes, I think it would be cool.”

Although she follows Eurovision, she was unable to watch this year because of work committments. In fact, she didn’t even know that Lisa Angell had finished 25th. She rejects the idea, espoused by French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, that Eurovision is nerdy. “Artists who represent France in Eurovision are of French music in its purest form, and it’s great, I love it,” she said. “But maybe if we surprised people, that would be cool too.”

Who is Louane Emera?

Eighteen-year-old Louane has made a big name for herself in a relatively short period of time. In 2013 she participated in the second series of The Voice of France and ended up in the semi-finals. Although she didn’t win, her debut album “Chambre 12” topped the French charts for four weeks and her song “Avenir” hit the top spot too. Her music is not only succesfull in France, but also in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium.

She also knows how to do drama. Following The Voice, she landed a role in the French film La Famille Bélier. She portayed a teenager who is the only person able to hear in a family of deaf people. She won “Most Promising Actress” at the Césars — the French Oscars.

Louane would sing in French at Eurovision

Some have said that singing in French places French artists at a disadvantage at Eurovision. Louane doesn’t accept this.

I do not agree. On the contrary! I think that singing in French is an asset. Eurovision is foremost a country competition. For me, if I had the chance to do Eurovision, I would sing in French, for sure. Even if people do not understand. While it’s true that English facilitates understanding between countries, there is another aim of the competition: to discover one’s own musical culture. I think we should just tell people to sing in their national language.

What do you think? Should Louane Emera represent France at the contest next year with (another) French-language song? Let us know in the comments!

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Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
5 years ago

There is no Vision, only Eurovision Song Contest.

Felix Prochain
Felix Prochain
5 years ago

Why not? She’s ok)) And yes, they should sing only in French.
‘..there is another aim of the competition: to discover one’s own musical culture.’
Golden words!
However, the azeris, I guess, never heard about this, maybe that’s why they, with such enthusiasm and greed are exploring Swedish and Greek musical culture.., 7 long years in a row.

John Egan
John Egan
5 years ago

Coeur de pirate would be a cooler choice. You know, because Canada needs it’s second winner (and 4th top 5). Céline, Natasha, Annie Cotton. Pourquoi pas? 😉

Racal
Racal
5 years ago

It’s true that she’s all over the media right now, her debut album is a big success as well as her debut movie. She’s young, dynamic and fresh. Why not?

Alec
Alec
5 years ago

Imagine if Indila does Eurovision. She already has a solid fanbase in Europe.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
5 years ago

@ Thank you Steven…Appreaciate it of you..

@ lol ~ YES it was obvious if you had paid attention that Louane’s movie portayal was about a DEAF family…
And i did not write too many stuff about this matter anyway..
So you better just chill out & stop always finding a reason just to get on my skin..
You are really annoying so just back off…xx

PP
PP
5 years ago

With this song Avenir in 2015, she would had 0 points with Germany, Austria who had better song then this Avenir

Rayman
Rayman
5 years ago

ct: I don’t know why you complain about the jury here, since it was mainly the televoters who ranked down the French entry. I do hope they continue singing in French, it’s a nice language. And well, the juries ranked Latvia, Belgium, Austria and Ireland quite well, and I don’t think any of those songs fit into the category “Melodifestivalen-style anglopop”. The Italian entry was fine, and the juries obviously liked it a lot, but I’ve heard a lot better from Italy. It was not very interesting, but still a nice song. Louane could definitively try out Eurovision, refreshing to… Read more »

ct
ct
5 years ago

In the last few years, french-singing acts like Stromae, Zaz, Indila and Kendji Girac have scored enormous hits all across Europe. And this year ESC viewers voted overwhelmingly for a song in italian. There is no reason why the public will not vote for a song in french if they like it. French is an asset, not a curse. After what happened this year, the real question is whether the Scandi mafia running the contest allow the juries to vote for anything else than Melodifestivalen-style anglopop? But let’s not forget that this situation has the acquiescence of Big-5 countries like… Read more »

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

A big name for France would generate a lot of hype and interest in the country. BUT it’s all about the right song. If the French broadcaster asks her and she says yes, then a song selection show is necessary. Give the chance to the public to pick the right song.

Diane
Diane
5 years ago

Why not. Might be their best shot. If someone so well-known and they want to do Eurovision (Which is very rare), the broadcaster should approach them. We’ve seen a lot of big names in their respective country in this year’s edition from Mans Zelmerlow, Polina Gagarina, Il Volo, Guy Sebastian, Voltaj, Edurne to Trintje Oosterhuis so why don’t we do it again next year?

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

@lol. Given that the article is about a singer known for winning an Oscar for her portrayal of a deaf girl (mentioned in the article above) I cannot see how writing a small piece about deafness in the thread would be a random spam topic.

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

She is GLAM <3

lol
lol
5 years ago

please stop spamming about those random subjects mario !! blind/deafness has nothing to do with this article

France2017
France2017
5 years ago

I have to admit that Louane would be a nice choice next year. Her style’s quite fresh and, moreover she’ll remain popular in western europe ( especially in french speaking countries as switzerland or belgium) so Louane would be a safe choice ( with a good pop song in english : top 10 ) … But as a french pop music fan i was thinking about a singer who would surely rock sweden next year , MARINA KAYE. Just listen to her first song ” homeless” . A hit !

D
D
5 years ago

I absolutely love Louane. She’d be one of my dream singers to represent France (along with Indila but we know that’ll never happen). “Avenir” is such a good song.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
5 years ago

Oh Louane reminds me of Molly by the way.. She is the new young Amelie of France.. hehe 🙂 She is more than free to participate in our Vision in the future…Even next year.. 🙂 France might has 5 victories in our Vision but the last time that the french won was in 1977 actually…That was 38 years ago…That means that France still awaits 4 its debut victory in the recent new era of the Vision with the televoting & the new format….Back then ESC was completely different with the crrent ESC that it is now at the moment…So its… Read more »

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
5 years ago

Just think…How on earth from 26 or 27 songs the song of France would manage to get voted high enough by both juries & televoting so to enter the top10 & earn at least a single one point..?? It would be really hard to do.. All the earned points SHOW how many songs were in the top10 so to get 1-12 points…All the others from the 11th to 27th would had the same fate with getting zero nul points.. Thats why Austria & Germany finished with zero points.. Austria was voted 13th by juries with 40 whole points when France… Read more »

paco
5 years ago

!ay la pobre!

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love Summer Lovers
5 years ago

The 25th place & just only 4 points 4 France were due to bad slot appearance order…Although Lisa’s performance was fine not many were moved by this so to vote her…They just went 4 another songs for several reasons…Just because she delivered an exceptional performance she couldn’t save a spot in the top10 4 her so she would receive precious points & help her to climb to the scoreboard..
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France should really try at last sending to our Vision a song not in french language but in engish…Or at least in both of them being bilingual version..

Deniz@TurkNL
5 years ago

She could always try right? It is more modern than other recent French entrees.

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Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Lovers
5 years ago

The film that she starred and earned her the cezar award{french oscar} that is called *La famille Bélier* opens here in my country in our cinemas the next week… 🙂 And the imdb rating 4 this is high so it must be really worthy movie 🙂 I might go see it myself at the theatres 🙂 If i had to chose myself,I would rather be deaf instead of go blind without my precious eye vision.. I really feel 4 all these un4tunate people that are deaf…Or blind…Or even both… My life sucks but at least i have my own vision… Read more »

Kiss-Suki
Kiss-Suki
5 years ago

It would be a really great choice for France ! :3
I really hope that my country will choose her because I think she could do really well ^^ At least, better than Lisa >_<

StopJury
StopJury
5 years ago

She will change her mind after she would get the last place.