Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to France. With just one song left to review, we headed to the south of France, to relax on a sunny Mediterranean beach. While we were there, we discussed Amir‘s song “J’ai cherché”. Was he what we were looking for? Or were we left feeling lost? Read on to find out!
Amir – “J’ai cherché”
“J’ai cherché” reviews
Tobias: I just love this! I’m glad that France finally has stepped up and taken this contest seriously. Well done! The song is a great radio hit, it works well in Eurovision and gets stuck in your head immediately. I didn’t expect much from France (due to their recent Eurovision history) but this totally blew me away! The mix of French and English works well and I’m glad Amir doesn’t sing the whole song in French. This is my personal winner in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. I hope we will head to Paris in 2017.
Angus: France are in it to win it and are finally bringing a winner to the contest! J’adore. Amir’s vocal is sick, the song is slick and the production is crazy amazing. The franglais is tdf, the lyrics are beautiful and the beat thumps along irresistibly. I deny anyone across the continent to not be tapping their toes by the end of it and begging for more.
Bogdan: France did a 180 and chose the polar opposite of Lisa Angell’s ballad. Amir is the perfect representative of the multicultural hot pot that is France and his upbeat song is as happy-go-lucky as his persona. The bilingual lyrics will also help the charismatic singer bring a lot of smiles and hopefully votes from the viewers. All in all, after a very serious selection last year, a very smart one this year for France. Bravo!
Deban: #BuildingBridges #ComeTogether beautifully in Amir’s multi-cultural background. He encapsulates a narrative which holds strong significance particularly in the wake of the recent Paris attacks, and Europe’s refugee crisis. However, “J’ai Cherche” feels average to me. I like it, but I am not in love with it. The bilingual lyrics facilitate an easy singalong happy-clappy vibe, and for a change, France has justified its automatic qualification.
Mike: Sacrébleu! An up-tempo English pop song is something we really did not expect from France. After trying to hard not to win in recent years France finally sends a contender who can really expect to end up on the left side of the scoreboard in Stockholm. Amir looks like a really relaxed singer who loves to perform and the song is so easy that everybody can sing the youOUouOUou part. This song has vive la France written all over it.
Padraig: Throughout national final season, we have to react to a lot of songs. And sometimes that causes one to over think matters. “J’ai Cherché” is a case in point. My initial reaction was so muted, that I almost feel like screaming “bah, humbug” at my past self. For while France’s entry might not be the most sophisticated or meaningful of songs, it does possess the all important fun-factor. Easy to remember lyrics, an energetic tempo and a memorable hook all make for a feel-good classic. Add in Amir’s Gallic allure and France could be on course for its best placing in years.
Denise: Who would have thought than France would have one of my favourite entries this year. Listening to this song is making me happy and the handclap sound is so catchy. Oh and watching the live performances of Amir are making me melt. The smile he has all the time — he’s enjoying every second of it and so am I.
Judit: I’m in love with Amir and his song. He’s like the boy next door, and the song is modern. A happy song with a boy who’s always smiling. I would put it in the top 10 and hopefully France will be on the left side of the scoreboard this year. They deserve it!
Kristin: I always like French entries, but this time I love it! This is my other absolute favourite this year. An upbeat, catchy tune, combining everything I love about France. And don’t get me started on the huge bundle of charm that is Amir (I totally do NOT have a crush on him, shut up! *giggles*). But seriously, if Europe gives France the cold shoulder this year, like so many times before, I’ll cry. No joke. I plea, nay, I demand that France finally gets the respect they deserve in this great contest. If not now, then when? Europe, I’m counting on you.
Mario: For a former dentist, Amir is a veeery good singer and performer, and “J’ai cherché” showcases his persona very well. It’s a welcome change of pace for France to add some English to spice it up — and unlike in Spain — people seem not to have issues with it. It’s safe to say that if this was in the semi-finals, France would be a sure qualifier. The final result is harder to predict, though.
Robyn: This isn’t just a good song for France, it’s a really good song, period. Amir is a ridiculously charismatic performer and, ok, I am totally feeling his loveable, scruffy aesthetic. The super catchy English chorus anchors the song, giving Amir the freedom to deliver the verses en français. All France need to do is come up wth some decent staging and they should be looking at a placing far from their usual position.
William: Ladies, prepare your ovaries! This dad-next-door is ready to tantalize with his looks, his voice and most of all his über-catchy, feel-good song. Thoughtfully mapped out, it builds beautifully, guided by piano, drums, and a recurring hand-clap motif that becomes the heartbeat of the song. The inclusion of English works surprisingly well. This is feel-good and celebratory. Depending on his live vocals and staging, it would also be a deserving winner.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 9/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.