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)

What do you think? Can this new version take France to the top of the scoreboard? Share your thoughts below!

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Chrysovalantis
Chrysovalantis
5 years ago

I’d love to see France win this year!This is my personal favorite.In my opinion,it stands out of the mass of songs that participate-along with 2 or three more…Good luck France!

Mark
Mark
5 years ago

My 12 points from Israel

Slightly Biased ESC Fan
Slightly Biased ESC Fan
5 years ago

Easily the best song they’ve had in years. Love it.

Did027
Did027
5 years ago

Waouuuuuuuuuu . MUST BE THE WINNER !!!!!!!!!!

Pastora Soler haha!
Pastora Soler haha!
5 years ago

My winner!

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Wow, this is an EXCELLENT mix. Hope he’ll be able to hit those high notes live – he seems like quite the talented singer though, so it shouldn’t be any trouble.

Grifit
Grifit
5 years ago

I must admit that I liked more the first version, but I’m sure he’s gonna kill it on the stage, that I wouldn’t mind at all, also I’m glad that most of people are being really positive about the chance, I want France to win!!! let see what will happen

Anfrers
5 years ago

Jesuschrist GAY AND PROUD do you want a towel or some lube?

GAY AND PROUD
GAY AND PROUD
5 years ago

I loved it! I want to s*ck him more and more, before he takes me and f*ck me hard!

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

Definitely one of the best songs this year and I wouldn’t mind this winning. It’s so catchy, positive and energetic!

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Also dancers most probably will lose their jobs.

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
5 years ago

12 points from me! I love it!

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Now everything will be less tight, polished, strong and interesting (maybe except vocals). Now this competition will be much more mindless.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Eurovision was about whole projects, now this becomes more similar to “The Voice”. In this situation one of these programs should be defunct.

Thiefo
5 years ago

I love it! I loved it at first, I love it even more now! This is how you improve a song, you keep the essence, keep what was already good and just add some touches here and there. Well done France!

El Rosario de Raquel
5 years ago

Y la iglesia se MANIFESTO… Impuso, justifico, manipulo, totalirizo, hablo de ESC.Querida iglesia ESC es como la vida misma donde hay gente de Izquierda, de derechas buena y mala gente es el mayor espectaculo que pueda existir la vida…Welcome, benvenio , bienvenidos

Jr escc
Jr escc
5 years ago

I cant love you more MGR!

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Yesterday the jury and organizers most failed. Jury for obvious reasons, organizers because they destroyed visually yesterday’s performances, especially the last performance.

AndersP
AndersP
5 years ago

@MGR Enough already. Please. This is a site that the majority of us on here read because we enjoy it, because we enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest and the great songs and the terrible songs it produces every year. It seems you enjoy trolling much more than you enjoy this site or the contest it celebrates. Go and find something positive in your life, because it’s apparent you’re not enjoying yourself here; read the articles by all means, but please stop the endless diatribe beneath every single blog post – it’s just dull.

Jr escc
Jr escc
5 years ago

I love you MGR

oxyk
oxyk
5 years ago

@Amiciness, I don’t think there’s any parts that cannot be sung alive by Amir, it’s pretty safe song for his abilities. I hope for flawless performance

Aaron GR
Aaron GR
5 years ago

My favorite this year by far – and it’s more focused and catchy with this new edit. This song makes me so happy.

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

This version is even better than the original!!! Amir is amazing, easy on the eye and his song is so catchy and upbeat. I love the way they made the trumpet part louder in the chorus, just like I wished they had done with the originak, so it was all such a plus for me. Well done France, you are in my Top 5, welcome back to ESC,, after years of flops . I fully expect this to do well.

John Fow-tan
John Fow-tan
5 years ago

This is the best song by far in this year’s Eurovision.

El Rosario de Raquel
5 years ago

Bad peaple?…who that men?

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Death may be justified only when this happens because of own fault. Eurovision does not destroy itself. Bad people destroy this contest.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Death is very bad thing.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Europe is going to be impossible to love.

El Rosario de Raquel
5 years ago

¡Viva la France!, viva la Europa de izquierda, aburrida la iglesia aburrida la Europa de derechas.

KsyuRU
KsyuRU
5 years ago

LOVE IT!!! TOP -1!!!

banMGRorsomething
banMGRorsomething
5 years ago

@MGR just shut up, i cannot stand you wining about everything and spreading hate all time

Seattlesque
Seattlesque
5 years ago

Like the new version for being less repetitive than the original (which was still good); like Amiciness, I wonder how Amir will manage the higher notes live; heard a live version the other day that went horribly wrong, and the new version has even more high notes for him to hit on the night. Fingers crossed he can pull it off…

Can we ban MGR?
Can we ban MGR?
5 years ago

@MGR if you hate this year’s contest, don’t watch!

@MGR
@MGR
5 years ago

Whats wrong with you?enough!!!

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

I just hate barbarity.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

We need to defend common sense.

steve
steve
5 years ago

Bottom 5 yet again- not very good at all I’m afraid

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

Eurovision has become a left-wing competition. Europe needs now right-wing contest to be saved.

Amiciness
5 years ago

Not crazy about the new intro; I’m missing the “youuuuu” at the beginning. I LOVE that it quiets down at around 1:21, makes the song more dynamic. I’m scared that 2:10-2:15 might pose a problem when sung live. 2:36 onwards is brilliant.

This new edit just cemented France’s place in my Top 5. 🙂

davve
davve
5 years ago

The song is very average I think. The only factor is that France finally sends something more contemporary.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

If Ira Losco will issue great hit in ESC 2016, she will get 0 points from jury as Samir & Viktor in final of Melodifestivalen.

MGR
MGR
5 years ago

There are two possible theories about jury in Melodifestivalen 2016.
1) They sold their minds a long time ago.
2) They know that the fall of ESC is inevitable.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

Great edit!
He can deliver it live so there is no reason why this should not be top five with proper staging.

EUROFANS
EUROFANS
5 years ago

France 12 POINTS;Hope Amir do the best on the stage

sufle
sufle
5 years ago

I prefer the original’s beginning, but I love how the Eurovision version ends. If this doesn’t get into the top 5 or 10, something must seriously be wrong.

Paz
Paz
5 years ago

It’s nice, but the original version was much better!

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

My absolute winner … this a real song … not a bs attempt of a Swedish composition resembling something we have just heard like 24 hour ago by someone else. France should be awarded with a great score.

Leo M
Leo M
5 years ago

I preferred the original version but it’s still one of my favourites. Really catchy song.

Nico
Nico
5 years ago

Wow, so fantastic! And I love French, therefore Austria is in my top 5 as well…

ARCHIFY
ARCHIFY
5 years ago

WOW I LOVE IT, JUST RIGHT!!!!! TO GET YOUR OWN VIEW ACROSS, VOTE IN MY OWN SCOREBOARD NOW!!!!!
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