On the very long list of French A-listers turning down the opportunity to sing at Eurovision, there’s always been a place reserved for Shy’m. And today the French star made it official, announcing that she has no desire to compete at Le Concours.
During an interview on the daily morning show Le Grand 8, the hosts asked if she could ever be tempted to represent France at the contest. She was heavily rumored back in 2011 before France Televisions revealed Amaury Vassili as the singer. Here’s how she responded:
“Given the success we have, how we are received and the geopolitical reasons which make it hard to get good rankings, it would be an enormous risk that I don’t want to take now. I would be flattered…I like to take risks, but not that big!”
This is a huge disappointment for French Eurofans who were hoping that this amazing 29-year-old could put the joie back in our joie de vivre. In case you don’t know, Shy’m is one of France’s biggest, multi-platinum pop-stars, having sold millions of copies of her records. She’s also an amazing dancer who can throw it down on the stage. She would have understood that Eurovision is a show, and would have been 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. But it ain’t gonna happen. Sad face.
Anyway, France 2 is still looking for an artist to represent the country and the application period is still open until October the 31st. Bonne chance!
So no Kendji and no Shy’m at the contest. Who do you think should represent France? Should they go with a big name or take a chance with an unknown artist like last year? Let us know in the comments section below!