French broadcaster France 2 recently announced that their artist for Stockholm would be revealed on 12 March. But they also started dropping hints about the identity of the artist. They’ve just given us another hint – this time they’ve revealed the mystery person is a guitar player.
France 2’s latest hint suggests that the singer in question is also a guitar player – “inseparable” from their instrument.
— Eurovision France 2 (@EurovisionF2) February 16, 2016
“Hint #2: The artist shows us his/her inseparable guitar live!”
This follows the first clue which revealed a television dressing room counter covered with make-up, a very broad hint, considering that television make-up is used on people of all genders.
The guitar hint seems to rule out the previously rumoured up-and-coming singer Sasha. She’s not known as a guitarist, and her rumoured Eurovision song “Alive” is full of piano and electronic sounds — but no guitar. But we like this theory: the pictured guitar resembles the one played by legendary French singer Sacha Distel, therefore hinting at the other Sasha. Hmmm…
We know that the artist will be under the age of 50, so the question now is, if not Sasha, who are the young French artists who also play the guitar? Here are a few names.
Kendji won season three of The Voice: la plus belle voix in 2013, and has had two No.1 albums in France and a string of top-10 singles. He’s also a fan favourite for France’s ESC act. In August he was asked if he’d consider Eurovision but he gave a vague answer.
While the Israeli-born singer Tal is best known for her pop and R&B sounds, her father was a guitar player and she can hold her own with six strings.
Actor and singer Damien Lauretta first came to public attention as part of the French X Factor boyband 2nde Nature in 2011. He then went on to score a role in the third series of the Argentinian Disney telenovela musical Violetta. He recently contributed a track to a tribute album in honour of the French musical legend Daniel Balavoine.
Folk-pop chanteuse Joyce has released a number of singles with some chart success in both France and French-speaking Belgium. She’s known for playing the guitar in her live shows.
Which French guitar-loving singer do you think the hints are pointing to? Is this the right direction for France’s act for Stockholm? Share your thoughts below.