A few days ago we learned that France 2 had received a total of 280 entries for Eurovision 2016. We don’t know which artists are behind those entries, but we definitely know a few people who aren’t. A-listers Kendji Girac and Shy’m have already turned down the opportunity publicly and today another fan favorite joined the list: Patrick Bruel.
Bruel — a singer, actor and professional poker player — has seen his last four studio albums shoot to #1 on the French charts. As you can see in the video below, he owns the stage and can make the masses eat out of his hands.
But sorry Eurofans: he has no interest in representing France at Eurovision. In an interview with RFM, the singer balked at the thought of going to Eurovision as a singer, saying that he is unlikely to ever take part. “It’s very complicated,” Bruel said. “France cannot win Eurovision because of the system, the organization. It’s impossible. There’s something. Placing within the top 5 is already a miracle”.
Bruel wouldn’t have been eligible in 2016 anyway. France’s new rules explicitly call for under-50s, and Bruel clocks in at 56 years of age.
However, Bruel did say that he’d consider writing a song for Eurovision. It would be his second. In 2002 he entered the contest as a songwriter with the entry “Il faut du temps” by Sandrine François. The song placed fifth — miraculously — with a total of 104 points. “I would love to write a song like I did with Sandrine François,” he said. “I was happy. We place third or fourth despite the Eastern countries’ cabal…”. France has not cracked the Top 5 since then.
Is Patrick Bruel right to refuse a potential opportunity? Would you be happy to see him write a song for the contest? Let us know in the comments section below!