France’s Lisa Angell sang “N’oubliez pas” at Eurovision 2015, but she may well want to forget some of the press that followed her 25th place finish. Among the hardest slaps in the face came from Laurent Fabius, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. He described her performance as “cheesy,” saying that it looked like “television before the invention of television.”
Well Miss Angell — a heavenly singer who is above throwing shade — is still holding her head high. In a wide-ranging interview with LDPeople, she says that she’s over it.
“I live more in the future than the past,” she says. “I’ve come to forget the less good things because I am surrounded by family and am at an age that my experience makes it easier to manage. I lived the Eurovision dream of a girl.”
Apparently she didn’t even know about the Minister’s comments until well after he made them.
“I learned about him much later! After Eurovision I stayed away from the media….For me, it is still positive that people say what they have on the heart.”
And what of her time at Eurovision? She really loved meeting the French presenters of the show, the journalist Stéphane Bern and the actress-singer Marianne James.
“It was amazing! We met in the morning for breakfast at the bar of the hotel where there was a piano! We even played while Marianne was eating croissants!”
As we learned in Vienna, the two presenters were equally mad about Lisa.
As for her 25th place finish, Lisa wasn’t too shocked.
“I had prepared a little for that,” she says. “Because of my life experiences, I did that almost instinctively.”
Lisa’s fourth studio album Lisa Angell is out now. The first track is her Eurovision entry “N’oubliez pas.” You can buy it on iTunes.