After weeks of teasing, French broadcaster France 2 has finally confirmed that Amir will represent France at Eurovision 2016. The singer, who placed third on The Voice in 2014, will perform his single “J’ai cherché” (“I Have Been Looking For”) in Stockholm. In a bold move for France, the song contains English in its chorus.
“I am so proud and flattered to represent my country, France, at this epic song contest that celebrates all cultures of the large European family”, Amir said in a statement. “I watch the Eurovision Song Contest every year. It was my childhood dream to participate in the show. Trust me, I will give more than I can to make everyone proud of our performance.”
The French announcement was due to be made on 12 March, but after the news was leaked on the daily show Touche pas à mon poste, officials moved their announcement forward.
Speaking with RFM France this morning, he made it clear he’s over-the-moon about his participation. He said that he agreed to participate because Eurovision is the biggest music show in Europe — and one with spectacular production.
Watch a preview of the official “J’ai cherché” video clip
Amir — “J’ai cherché” (France 2016)
Who is Amir Haddad?
Amir was born in 1984 in Paris to a Tunisian father and a Moroccan-Spanish mother, both of whom were Jewish. In 2006 he took part in the Israeli Idol Kokhav Nolad and released his first album in 2011.
In 2013, he took part in the third season of The Voice: La plus belle voix and eventually placed third, with Kendji Girac winning.
Following The Voice, Amir was involved in the tribute album Forever Gentlemen, which reached No.3 in the French charts. He has since been working on his first French album, with “J’ai cherché” intended as the first single.