In a recent interview with Télé 7 jours, France 2 Entertainment Director Nathalie André sounded off on all things Eurovision — from last year’s failure with Lisa Angell to this year’s renewed hope to her fight for France to perform in the semi-finals. She also gave the world a little insight into how things are progressing for France regarding their participation in Stockholm. Color us optimistic!
France’s internal selection
Interestingly, France’s string of bad results didn’t discourage artists from sending their applications to the broadcaster. According to André, France 2 received a total of 280 songs. With the help of the new head of delegation Edoardo Grassi, they’ve been working since August to pick one that “suits our era” (in a way that Lisa Angell’s did not). So far they have identified four standouts. Although nothing is final, she says that the song will probably include English lyrics. That’s no easy feat in a nation obsessed with promoting its own language, but she’s already received approval from the boss of France 2.
Unfortunately, France’s major record labels seem uninterested in taking part in the contest. “Only 10% of record companies are interested and see the good side of 200 million viewers,” she said.
— Nathalie ANDRÉ??? (@NathalieANDREtv) May 23, 2015
Speaking of Lisa Angell’s abyssal result in Vienna, André says she’s totally owning her choice, as she believes Lisa’s voice is incredible and the song fit the circumstances at the time. However, she also says she would have gone with a more modern and fun song if she could redo it. We also learn how surprised she was when she discovered how enormous and global the contest is. It certainly contrasts with the dim and degrading views of the show that prevail in France. She’s also very happy to experience it again in Stockholm.
FRANCE 4 to broadcast eurovision semifinals:
For the first time ever, France Télévisions will broadcast the two semifinals live! Since the introduction of the two semifinals, France has only broadcast one semi per year — and on a rather secondary channel, France ô. But now things are changing and the two shows are moving to the more popular France 4!
André also revealed that the Big 5 countries pressured the EBU to perform in the semis, because she believes viewers make up their minds during the two shows and it would only be fair to have all finalists sing their songs twice.
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