Last year France experienced a revolution at Eurovision, with respected pop star Amir climbing all the way to sixth place and ending years of near-bottom finishes.
And today France Televisions made it clear it will keep the stellar performances coming by revealing that Alma will sing “Requiem” for France at Eurovision 2017.
As with Amir last year, they are kicking things off with the release of the radio version — not the final three-minute version — that will compete at Eurovision.
— Edoardo Grassi (@EdwardoGrassi) February 9, 2017
“I’m deeply honored to have been selected to represent my country, France, for this year’s Eurovision song contest,” Alma said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “I strongly hope to count on the public’s love and support and to deliver the best performance possible.”
France 2 says that “after a very competitive selection,” the committee “fell in love with Alma,” who was enthusiastic about participating.
She’ll give her first interview on France 2’s “Alcaline” at 20:40 this evening, and will share an excerpt of her state-of-the-art music video.
France 2 will welcome Alma tomorrow at the “Victoires de la Musique” (French Music Awards), where she will present a gong.
France’s Eurovision 2017 submission process
After getting their groove back with an impressive sixth-place finish in Stockholm, France received extra interest from artists for Eurovision 2017. Broadcaster France 2 revealed in December that they received around 300 entries from the public, vying to represent France at Eurovision.
Unlike in previous years where the broadcaster used closed internal selection, this year France 2 accepted entries from the public. Back in September, France 2 opened the public submission period. When contacted by French media, the broadcaster confirmed they had received “around 300” songs.
And like last year, the French broadcaster did some digging of their own, exploring potential options with established artists and record labels.
France at Eurovision
Despite winning the Eurovision Song Contest five times in the first 25 years, France’s luck took a turn for the worse in the 21st century.
They frequently ended up down the bottom of the scoreboard, and only managed one top-ten finish in the decade prior to 2016.
In 2014, Twin Twin’s funky and thought-provoking “Moustache” placed dead last, with its deux points giving France its worst score since the “12 points” system was introduced in 1975.
Lisa Angell failed to light up the scoreboards in 2015, though she did win over some of our hearts with her dramatic staging that raised a finger to terrorists.
But just one year later Amir charmed his way to sixth place with “J’ai cherché”. That marked France’s first time in the top ten since 2009 and their best result since 2002.