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!