Youhouhouhouhou! On Saturday night, millions of Europeans (and Australians, and Americans…) sang along to Amir’s performance of “J’ai cherché”. The feel-good tune and Amir’s undeniable charisma led France to sixth position overall and third among national juries.
But Amir’s success wasn’t the only Eurovision-related topic trending on French social media this weekend. French spokesperson Élodie Gossuin found herself in the spotlight following her failed attempt to cover the riff of Amir’s hit song. The former Miss France and Miss Europe beauty was so off with her youhouhouhouhou that it prompted laughs from French commentators Marianne James and Stéphane Bern.
French viewers took to Facebook and Twitter to make fun of this two-second extract.
— Yo (@ILoveYoSo) May 15, 2016
“‘YouHouHouHouHou’ just saying you hello the @Elodiegossuin way”
ÇA Y EST.
J'ai installé le youhouhouhouuu d'Elodie Gossuin comme ma sonnerie officielle de téléphone.
— Paul-Marie (@Royaume_Inverti) May 16, 2016
“FINALLY. I just changed the ringtone from my phone to Élodie Gossuin singing Youhouhouhouu.”
Élodie’s faux pas also gave rise to countless parodies. Some imagined a duet between the blonde TV host and Amir while others sampled her “Youhouhouhouhou!” with others iconic songs.
Writing on Twitter, journalist Johan Fontic joked: “With this version, we would have probably won #Eurovision”
— Claire Underwood (@ParisPasRose) May 16, 2016
“@Elodiegossuin, are you watching #BagdadCafé tonight?” asks @ParisPasRose.
— Radio RFM (@RFMFrance) May 16, 2016
The radio station RFM, which broadcast this year’s contest live, paid tribute to their radio hostess by mixing her audio with Whitney Houston’s legendary “I will always love you” and invited their followers to do the same.
Her husband wants to divorce, Amir supports her
After the show this year’s French spokesperson sent a video message to the talk show La Nouvelle Édition. Just like Amir, she improved significantly after his first rehearsal.
“I think I’m getting better at this,” she said. “Everything’s fine! This is just about life, celebration and Eurovision. What about me? I ran away to the countryside, my husband asked for a divorce and my kids are calling me ‘Youhou!’ but I feel alright”.
Happily, she kept her sense of humor after making millions of people in France laugh. Even Amir noticed her vocals and almost fell in love with her.
— ???? (@Amir_Off) May 15, 2016
“After all your messages, I wrote this memo to myself: take singing lessons,” Élodie tweeted on Sunday. Amir replied with a very kind message on Twitter: “I think you were incredibly charming!”
Don’t worry Élodie! No matter how you sing, France and Europe still love “Youhouhouhouhou!”