Earlier this month we watched Zoë triumph in the Austrian national final with her entry “Loin d’ici”. The results didn’t come as a shock since she was the clear fan favorite and our overall winner ahead of the final to sing at Eurovision 2016.
Zoë sings “Loin d’ici” entirely in French, a fact that has not gone unnoticed in France. Indeed, the news that Austria will be represented by a song in French was reported by many of the country’s leading media outlets and has generated enthusiasm within the French public, which normally doesn’t care about the contest until France crashes in the final…
When asked by French website 20 Minutes as to why she’s singing in French, Zoë replied: “I always said, when I was asked to participate in the Austrian pre-selection for Eurovision, that I will not change a thing about the style I prefer. And it’s French that I love.”
By choosing to sing in the language of Molière, Zoë may have assured herself some points from the French jury and public, who must feel flattered to see their mother tongue represented by another country. This is especially true since their own act will possibly and probably not be sung entirely in French. Interestingly, France will vote in the first semi-final where Austria will compete. Does this mean Zoë will get at least one set of douze points? Only time will tell.
Do you think Zoë made the right choice by singing in French? Do you think she will receive extra points from the French public? Let us know in the comments section below!