He’s going up, up, uuuup with the bookies and is currently listed as fourth favourite to win Eurovision 2016.
And on Thursday France’s Amir gave us even more reason to believe in him as he dazzled with an acoustic cover of Loreen’s “Euphoria.”
Strumming a guitar and looking straight into the camera, the 31-year-old singer made the electro dance track his own, transforming it into a soulful, almost meditative master work.
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Wearing a fitted V-neck sweater and blue trousers, he cut a casual figure as he worked his magic in a palatial five-star hotel, which befits a potential winner of Eurovision.
He rested his pert posterior on a Marie Antoinette arm chair, honouring France’s history while moving it forward with his take on modern pop.
The opening 35 seconds of the cover is pared back and down-tempo, keeping the focus on Amir’s resonant and welcoming vocals.
But then the pace picks up and Amir becomes decidedly animated, bobbing back and forth and feeling every single note and bar.
The acoustic performance comes just one day after France 2 uploaded a charming interview with the toothy singer, who previously studied dentistry.
Asked what his greatest assets are, the down-to-earth stunner pushed attention away from him and onto his entry “J’ai cherché”.
“I wrote this song with two very good friends of mine and we wanted to bring positive energy, and maybe something universal which mixes languages.”
“This song is happy. It brings joy and has a very positive message. I think that it speaks for itself and I really hope that people will like it as much as I do.”
Are you loving Amir’s cover of “Euphoria”? And are you as smitten with him as we are after watching his interview? Let us know in the comments box below.