Could The Voice deliver another French success at Eurovision? It could be on the cards, as speculation mounts that France are deciding between two acts to be Amir’s successor. On the one hand is Slimane, who won The Voice: la plus belle voix in 2016. His apparent rival: Florent Mothe, musical theatre star and, most recently, contestant on Dance avec les stars.
Back in December, France 2 confirmed they had received “around 300” entries to represent the country. That number was set to rise, especially as the broadcaster was poised to approach record labels independently as well.
Journalist Thierry Moreau recently revealed the two proposed names on Touche pas à mon poste — the same show where Amir was announced (ahead of schedule) as the French representative. Could they have nearly spoiled the surprise once again?
If Slimane does prove to be the French representative, then it would have to be seen as a huge coup. After winning The Voice, Slimane’s first album “À bout de rêves” went straight to number one in both France and Belgium. He’s had two top 20 hits on the French charts as well.
Could fellow Voice alum Amir’s success post-Eurovision be a reason for Slimane to want to go Kyiv? If so, Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi must be commended for making Eurovision seem so attractive to French singers again.
Not everyone would be so happy with Slimane being chosen, however. On Touche pas à mon poste, the host Cyril Hanouna criticised France 2 for choosing a Voice contestant yet again. He wondered whether it would be a Voice contestant “every year”. Another criticism is that the show is broadcast on TF1, the rival broadcaster to France 2.
About Florent Mothe
Florent Mothe comes from a much different background to Slimane. An accomplished stage star, Mothe originated the role of Salieri in Mozart, l’operá rock in 2009. For the role, he won the NRJ Revelation Award — the same award Amir picked up last year.
Whilst he has flourished on stage, his studio career has not had comparative success. His latest album “Danser sous la pluie” charted at just 73 on the French album chart. He did, however, successfully compete in the latest series of Dance avec les stars, where he finished in 5th place.
Florent would perhaps be the safer choice for France of the two acts. He would certainly be dependable and could bring something different year-on-year.
What do you think of France’s options? Would you rather see Slimane or Florent on stage in Kyiv? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.