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!

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Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

@Jak omg YES!

Sparrow
Sparrow
5 years ago

I really hope France can get it together and do well in Stockholm.

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

At this stage is a very naive belief to have when a big French artist refuses Eurovision. This is Eurovision we are talking about and when it comes to France, this is not the same as talking about the desperate need for a win from countries like Russia or Azerbaijan which feed their ego this way, God knows why. Since the 80s the relationship with the contest shifted gradually from great to “embarrassment of riches” and even when Anima made it runner up in 1991 losing against Carola, that did not save the negative approach towards the competition. The competition… Read more »

Jak
Jak
5 years ago

@Christoph YAY! It’s great you like Louane too.

She is eligible to sing this song in Stockholm (http://youtu.be/88qEWtBDWbQ), as it has released after September and Eurovision may launch her a new career in the rest of the Europe, outside the countries she is already quite successful, Belgium and France.

(Actually since I have seen that song has both English and French lyrics, I believe that France 2 had already picked that one for Eurovision #FRENCHEUROVISIONRUMOUR)

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
5 years ago

“So no Kendji and no Shy’m at the contest”. Maybe France is trolling us like Armenia and The Netherlands did by picking both Kendji and Shy’m as representatives ahahah
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Christoph
Christoph
5 years ago

@Jak: Lovvvvve Louan. YES.

Racal
Racal
5 years ago

Too bad, but who can blame her? I mean, you’re a successful artist, you have a good reputation and you worked hard to build a nice career… Why would you risk it all at Eurovision, knowing that you could finish at the bottom of the scoreboard and go home with “Loser” labelled on your face?

Jak
Jak
5 years ago

They should send Louane, who had already expressed her desire to represent France in Eurovision. She recently released a new single called “Nos Secrets” which is a bilingual Anglo-French song and I believe she may sing that one in Stockholm.