When Amir was announced as France’s representative for Stockholm, it was obvious that his song “J’ai cherché” would have to undergo some sort of edit as it clocked it at well over three minutes. Now the Eurovision version of the song has been released and it’s not just shorter but punchier.
After a short orchestral introduction, the new version cuts the initial “yoooou” and starts straight with the first verse. A couple of the pre-choruses have been removed, while some of the choruses have new vocals, with Amir improvising the lyrics, rather than singing it straight.
France 2’s Director of Entertainment Nathalie André recently explained that a new remix of the song would ensure it is within the three-minute limit for Eurovision, and would also have a stronger ending.
And the ending is indeed stronger. Amir ends on the new line “Give me your love with my song”, ensuring a bold and memorable finish to the song.
France hasn’t had the best luck at Eurovision in recent years, finishing nearer the bottom of the scoreboard than the top. But broadcaster France 2 aren’t giving up and have selected charismatic Amir with his bilingual track “J’ai cherché”.
Amir – “J’ai cherché” (Eurovision version)
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