It’s been a week since France 2 closed the application period for the acts wishing to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. While the broadcaster hasn’t reveal anything concerning the applicants, we have learned the identity of one group of young hopefuls – and their dreams for 2016.
Qui représentera la France à l'Eurovison 2016? On cherche notre prochain candidat! pic.twitter.com/tTDK226O9D
— Edoardo Grassi (@EdwardoGrassi) October 22, 2015
“Who will represent France in Eurovision 2016? We seek our next candidate!”
For 2016, France is again using an internal selection process, but this time it’s using open submission, meaning that anyone – amateurs or professionals – can enter. One such group is a young quartet from Paris.
The monthly newspaper Télé Loisirs is reporting that this young group is willing to conquer Eurovision and has sent an official application to France 2. The group is composed of Anaïs, Einath, Monir and Théo and the four of them are aged between 16 and 24 – well under France’s upper age limit of 50.
They all come from Aulnay-sous-Bois, in the suburbs of Paris, an area known for its violent riots back in 2005 which have left Aulnay-sous-Bois with a bad reputation. Sylvette Leconte, a music teacher and the person behind the project said that, “The media often relays clichés about our city. Of course there’s delinquency, but ten years after the events we want to show that there are also good thing happening.”
We don’t know much about the song itself, but it’s called “Emmène-moi” (Take me) and has been recorded with an orchestra. The song was not written especially for Eurovision and sounds like it would appeal to a younger audience. According to Miss Sylvette, France has been sending mediocre and sad songs for years, citing Lisa Angell’s infamous 2015 entry, “N’oubliez pas”.
France 2 hasn’t issued any statement regarding its decision for Stockholm, so all we can wish for this young quartet is bonne chance!