Amir is continuing his charm offensive by releasing an all-English version of “J’ai cherché”. The new version is called “Looking For You” and has been released in his former home country of Israel.

Listen to “Looking for You”

Amir has serious roots with Israel. While he was born in France, as a child he moved to Israel with his family and grew up there. In 2006, he was a contestant on the talent show Kokhav Nolad (A Star is Born), before moving back to France where he found fame on The Voice.

Israeli media have been keenly reporting on Amir’s Eurovision journey, with interest in him along with Hovi Star.

The English version of “J’ai cherché” is titled “Looking For You” and will be released to Israeli radio. France is not famous for sending English songs to Eurovision, but you can tell they are in it to win it when they have released their Eurovision song in a full English version.

Amir is keeping busy on the pre-party scene. Tomorrow he’ll be performing at Eurovision In Concert – and we’ll be chatting with him in Amsterdam.

On Tuesday 12th he’ll be returning to Israel to make an appearance at the Israel Calling pre-party, and on the following Sunday 17th he’ll be performing at the London Eurovision Party. We’ll be at all events, so stay tuned and check our YouTube channel for exclusive coverage.

Amir – “Looking For You” (lyrics)

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You-ou-ou-ou-ou

I looked up for a way out of the dark
Let go of my defensive heart
Started again without a scar
Was looking

‘Cause you know I had paid the price
Even my heart was playing nice
No one to listen to those cries

But now I’m
Apologising for the last time
I want you and I’m gonna keep trying
Nothing to regret now
Sorry, I’m not sorry
Not anymore

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You’re the one that’s making me strong
I’ll be looking, looking for
You-ou-ou-ou-ou
Like the melody of my song

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You’re the one that’s making me strong
I’ll be looking, looking for
You-ou-ou-ou-ou
Like the melody of my song

I looked down to a point of no return
Nothing to lose, nothing to learn
All I could do was feel your burn
I was hoping

That you would be ready at last
To leave the worst and take the best
Sing me the verse I’ll do the rest

Cos now I’m
Apologising for the last time
I want you and I’m gonna keep trying
Nothing to regret now
Sorry, I’m not sorry
Not anymore

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You’re the one that’s making me strong
I’ll be looking, looking for
You-ou-ou-ou-ou
Like the melody of my song

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You’re the one that’s making me strong
I’ll be looking, looking for
You-ou-ou-ou-ou
Like the melody of my song

I’ve been carried to shore
Had my soul ready to soar
When I was lost I know it’s true
That you were somewhere out there waiting
Too-oo-oo-oo-oo
Oh you, you, you, you

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You’re the one that’s making me strong
I’ll be looking, looking, looking for
You-ou-ou-ou-ou
Like the melody of my song
Like the melody of my song

Cos now I’m
Apologising for the last time
I want you and I’m gonna keep trying
Nothing to regret now
Sorry, I’m not sorry
Not anymore

You-ou-ou-ou-ou
You’re the one that’s making me strong
I’ll be looking, looking, looking for
You-ou-ou-ou-ou
Like the melody of my song
You-ou-ou-ou-ou

What do you think of the English version of “J’ai cherché”? Should France have entered it instead? Share your thoughts below!

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Ricardo
Ricardo
4 years ago

Not as good as the French version.

Andre
Andre
4 years ago

Fantastic! Can’t wait to listen it! France totally deserve to win with Amir.

Keith
Keith
4 years ago

absolutely a contender… would be quite happy to see this win

Regno
Regno
4 years ago

I think this will place 5th-10th

If we take a look at the past, no winner has had any kind of similarity with the last one

Mäns-Conchita-Emilie-Loreen…all very different from their predecessor

I like it more in english, but okay song both ways. I kinda understand the hype though, based on the last winner

Österrike
Österrike
4 years ago

France won the OGAE voting in Croatia 🙂

OGAE Croatia

12 points go to… France
10 points go to… Italy
8 points go to… Spain
7 points go to… Bulgaria
6 points go to… Latvia
5 points go to… Australia
4 points go to… Russia
3 points go to… Azerbaijan
2 points go to… Sweden
1 point goes to… Estonia

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
4 years ago

Amir is doing all the right things.
France definitely needs to capitalise on Amir’s charm. He has a great smile, great look & great moves. This is all on top of a great song.
He’s moved into my Top 10 now.

Loo
Loo
4 years ago

France is really working it this year. They want it, that’s good! Finally they takes Eurovision seriously again. France is after all one of the great countries in this competition 😀

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Love it.
I really think the Eurovision version loses something by not using the bridge more frequently, it was the best bit of the song in the original! France seem to be putting a lot of effort behind this….a good sign!

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

Even more spectacular than the full English version of this song … it’s the fact that so far France is above Russia on the OGAE (or Ogay whatever LOL) polls and for as long as that remains I am delighted <3 Music wins … BS down the drain 🙂

Streffen
Streffen
4 years ago

Songs are different of course, how stupid that would be. But it talks about becoming strong-minded, just what Mäns was trying to imply with the child abuse issue. Soft singing. Friendly Face. Good-looking guy. Go compare the clothes in the music video and the 2015 swedish act. (This is just the cherry on the top, but laughable) Hero-uo-uo-es! You-ou-ou-ou! *Trapped* You can see there’s a trend this year in France, trying to follow the path of Mäns. I already explained it. Now, whoever wants, go watch it and make their own conclusions. I’m not trying to convince anyone, just making… Read more »

Pymalix
Pymalix
4 years ago

#Streffen When you listen Mans and Amir’s song where did you see a copy? They are totally different, dont be bad or jealous if you are not alright with others opinion, there is a lot of other ways to say you dont like this in being not agressive. Anyway juste bold and send us a part of the both songs where its the same thing..

Streffen
Streffen
4 years ago

Not buying a song that in its music video suggests woman should also use violence and goes cliché with mannered man.

And he’s just following the path of Mäns in style, message, attittude, even clothes. Ridiculous copy.

BTW he has a very questionable live.

Europe will move one step forward this year.

People is just reflecting on the last winner, until they find the truth on May 14th.

Not a winner. At all. Sorry.

Loo
Loo
4 years ago

I’m so curious about how the stage performance will be…

And to all of you who says that this will flop like France did in 2011 must think twice. This is not the same case at all. Of course France did flop in 2011, the song was too dated.

This year’s song is current, popish and most of all very universal. This song could be played on any radio station in any town in any part of the world any day.

MS
MS
4 years ago

No doubt this is the winner!
the French -English version is amazing!
Very good job for France this year!

Bine
Bine
4 years ago

corr: for those “WHO” …damn, where’s the edit button 🙂

Bine
Bine
4 years ago

for those you want to listen to the English version: http://www.linktone.co.il/linkton.php?lt_id=Vkcxd1ZrMHdNVVZYV0doUFVrZGpPUT09K1Q%3D&br_id=2005

click the button in the middle at the bottem near “Looking for you”

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

The song is perfect in French. The verses lost a lot of harmony.

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

English version will not help France at all. Main problem with this year’s french entry is that it’s not french at all.

Euro16
Euro16
4 years ago

Amir Winner !
No russia 90’s song !

WorldHope
WorldHope
4 years ago

@Loo : yes don’t worry about it 🙂
Everything would be translated in english for sure.

Dora
Dora
4 years ago

France wili flop like in 2011 . Too lobbying in last week for France .

Loo
Loo
4 years ago

France is really building momentum right now. Just like Måns did last year. If they don’t mess this up with a dull performance in May, I think that France is the one to beat atm.

Someone pointed out that if France were to host the contest next year, it would be the first time in many years that french would be the main language. I don’t think that will be the case then, EBU will most likely only approve english as first language in the show. It will probably be a lot more french included though.

Azotman
Azotman
4 years ago

Bonsoir Stockholm, Je suis curieux de savoir s’il existe une version 100% en Français. Il semblerait que la chanson ait été écrite à l’origine telle que présentée avec seulement le refrain en Anglais. Pour les couplets, les paroles en Français ont plus de rimes et s’enchaînent avec plus d’harmonie qu’en Anglais. La transition entre Français et Anglais semble assez naturelle au final. Conclusion la chanson est bonne dans sa version d’origine et il est intéressant de voir que l’Anglais n’améliore pas. Même chose pour l’Albanie ou l’Italie qui auraient dû garder la version d’origine 100% Italien ou 100% Albanais. Cordialement,… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

TIMO: We are very happy to report on news from other artists. Unfortunately a lot of them are keeping low profiles at the moment, though there will be lots of reports coming from Amsterdam this weekend. If you have any suggestions for what we should be covering, feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

English chorus is still enough for me. Nice English version as a whole nonetheless.

Questioner
Questioner
4 years ago

Where can i listen to the english version of the song??

giorgio
giorgio
4 years ago

Timo I prefer news about Amir, he is second in the odds so why not. why are you being so negatuve all the time? if you dont like wiwiblogs you are free to read other (boring) ESC news sites. Arrivederci

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

Very boring song. I don’t understand, why it is one of the favorits.

adriana
adriana
4 years ago

This is my opinion Couldn`t agree more…Don`t hold your breath seeng changes in the future 🙂

marie
marie
4 years ago

Well the English version is really nice but the French one is much better..I can’t explain you why.
Well done Wiwibloggs to talk a little of France , it was not the case these last years.
Go Amir! best luck to France!

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
4 years ago

God how wiwibloggs like to bring news about France Amir, Amir sings Barei song, Amir this Amir that. Are you working for Amir!!….Amir can sing Barei song playing unfair games unfair on other contestants. Wiwibloggs there are real reasons Amir will not win mark my words. Sweden Frans left behind molly sanden youuuuuniverse fore example and you think this Amir fleshy cheap song even full of youuuuuuuu gonna do better than Molly youniverse!!! How about good news about more other artists , Francesca song hit over 10 millions viewers and she already got 2nd position at sanremo 2016

Iberian
Iberian
4 years ago

Fantastic, just as the French version. Amir has to win!

ddd
ddd
4 years ago

Now so many lobby for France, before that was lobby for Australia, Malta.

Digital Style
Digital Style
4 years ago

I love this in French and English – Amir nails it every way. Not surprised he’s the favourite to win at all.

Nitzan
Nitzan
4 years ago

Great song still. English might give it more success in Israel, though it should be a hit here anyway. I would also risk saying that this has the greatest hit potential of all 43 entries this year, regardless of it’s final position in Stockholm.

Loo
Loo
4 years ago

@mathESC

I know! He’s so talented and deserves all the recognition he gets!

mathESC
mathESC
4 years ago

@Loo : his new song talks about his father. It’s beautiful.

John Doe
John Doe
4 years ago

I prefer the French version. I do not want to understand love songs.

Freyah
Freyah
4 years ago

I prefer it in French but it’s a good song still. I honestly think France is a contender for the title this year.

Loo
Loo
4 years ago

https://open.spotify.com/track/6VWEIpjfbNiytdislRBLkX

He released a new song yesterday as well.

It’s so beautiful, I almost started to cry!

Hayley
Hayley
4 years ago

No….
In French version has more charm in it <3

Tom Lovren
Tom Lovren
4 years ago

I actually expecting it to suck but it’s quite decent. There’s just something about the French language (that I don’t understand) that makes it a million times better. For some people, I guess they hate what they don’t understand but for me, I seem to love what I don’t understand.