When she performs in Kyiv in May 2017, she’ll continue a grand tradition of sexy chanteuses performing quirky pop tracks that warm hearts across Europe and represent la République the right way.

And in a nod to that French Eurovision legacy, Alma gave us life covering France Gall’s 1965 Eurovision classic “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” at Sidaction 2017 – the annual French fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charities.

https://youtu.be/7uEVDMlqFkw

Working a pink 60s-style mini, and joined by a squad of neon-wigged backing dancers, France’s Eurovision 2017 act threw it down.

She sparkled during her note-perfect performance, working her microphone stand for all it was worth, showing off cute kooky dance moves and giving one of her lucky backing dancers the honour of kissing her hand. Ooh la la, Paris is burning, y’all!

Alma continues promo for “Requiem”

As well as supporting AIDS charities, Alma took the opportunity to continue her domestic promo trail for Eurovision, giving another performance of “Requiem“.

https://youtu.be/XgpskxGmn5w

The chic chanteuse took centre stage in an LBD and took us to the moon and back. All focus was on quality of song and quality of voice here. Unlike the Eurovision version of “Requiem”, homegirl kept it real for her home audience and performed straight through in French.

Amir serves up Sinatra

Alma wasn’t the only French Eurovision star on stage at the Moulin Rouge for Sidaction either. Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2016 finalist Amir served Sinatra realness in a tux, performing classic “New York, New York.”

https://youtu.be/tV5MfHuE0qs

The “J’ai Cherché” star jazzed things up, with a legion of sparkling backing dancers. But all eyes remained on him, proving he’s a true showman.

What is Sidaction?

Sidaction 2017 was filmed at the Moulin Rouge on March 20 and broadcast on France 2 on March 25. Sidaction has been held since 1994 to raise awareness and collect funds for HIV/AIDS. Donations are allocated to organisations in France and around the world.

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Betty
Betty
4 years ago

What do you think about a staging like that for Alma. It’s the city feeling from the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLY6wUlxcZk

AngieP
AngieP
4 years ago

@Charli Cheer Up and @M_K I have the exact same idea! The music video was actually what captivated me from the start! Of course no doubt about the song, it’s modern, fresh, original! If the can take some of this magic and put it on stage, it will be awsome!! As for her performance, I loved both! She is amazing!! I’ve said this a couple of times in this blog: I love the French song almost the same as the Italian! They are equally great both of them! Maybe I prefer Italy a bit more but it doesn’t matter! I… Read more »

JulienBch
JulienBch
4 years ago

@Charli Cheer Up : You have bad informations about ESC in France. Last year the Grand final of the ESC beat the final of The Voice France in term of viewers. The semi-finals of the ESC are broadcasted on France 4 channel and the Grand final on France 2 channel since 2015, which is one of the biggest channel in the country (before it was on France 3, a smaller channel).

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

@Aria: The key seems to have been lowered for the live performance, although the tempo seems near enough the same to me. If it is a tiny bit slower, my assumption is that it was done because there’s not enough time for Alma to breathe properly in between the phrases. (Either that or the transmission was slowed down when it was converted to YouTube for uploading.) There are other possibilities of course – the original recording might have been in that lower key and was then altered for the video to make it more up-tempo. However, Alma’s acoustic version (with… Read more »

Aria
Aria
4 years ago

Why does the song seem slower than the music video?

logixc
logixc
4 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFpJwUiOM-o
Severina and Jala Brat yeah

God-Emperor
God-Emperor
4 years ago

She’s so hot. Is she single? Because i would bang her anytime or, should i say, grab her by the pu$$y? Eh, eh, eh.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

@doliep I read it on another blog after the 2012 contest concluded. Also thank you for correcting me with the latest info from France 🙂

Ciel
Ciel
4 years ago

No question marks it was supposed to be a smiley sorry : 🙂

Ciel
Ciel
4 years ago

Yes she had lots of joy singing poupée de cire, poupée de son de France Gall ! For Requiem it’s just the French version for us for her album, she’ll sing the Eurovision version in may! The two-semis are broadcasted on France 4 and The Final on France 2. Since Amir’s good place last year yes some have regained interest, it’s almost a miracle ! We have a new HoD and finally a more modern approach ! Apparently a “méga -suprise” for us will be revealed this tuesday too. We’ll see ! So things are changing. But it takes time.… Read more »

Demetrio
Demetrio
4 years ago

Black horse for sure. Alma is more possible to beat Italy than Belgium,Bulgaria, etc…And her’s Eurovision version is much better than Italy’s. If Francesco sings at first half and Alma at the second half, we might see ESC 2018 in Paris.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

I loved Alma’s performance of the 1965 song, because she looked so happy and got to do choreography. Yeyy! 🙂
She is without a doubt much better at singing “Requiem” entirely in French. I don’t usually care so much, but this year I would prefer the song without the English bits. Also I agree that the spectacle of the dancers defying gravity will somehow need to be replicated at ESC, otherwise what was the point of introducing that visual cue in the first place.
Anyhow, Alma is great on stage. 🙂

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

@Gav, nothing is already decided, we are not in may in kiev. Alma is just promoting her single.

Eve
Eve
4 years ago

In my humble opinion, focus on stage should be only on her (like Amir last year)..

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

in France we bet a lot on sports contests, on horses race, but we don t have the philopsophy and the reflex to bet on ESC…I don t know why, and I don t know why Amir was too good place last year in odds, because this year I feel and I see a biggest interest and commitment for the ESC…..

Gav
Gav
4 years ago

Annoyed. France have decided to interpretivly dance the song.

I’m dreading that the Uk will do the same.

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

the semis are on air in France on a little channel France 4, and the final on France 2, one of the main channel in France.

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

ah you talk about the number of tv viewers!! sorry!! I think since the last year the interest is coming back in France

Betty
Betty
4 years ago

@ Charli Cheer Up – ” The semis don’t even air on their TV anymore only the grand finals. I read that The Voice of France’s ratings are beating it..”

I don’t think this is possible, France will sing in second semi, outside competition, and France can vote in that semi.

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

@charli , The Voice of France’s ratings are beating it?

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

She is largely able to beat gabbani, she can eat some “naked ape” 😉

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

@doliep bookies are mainly from locals. Sadly, the local interest for ESC in France has dropped over the last couple of years so the Frenchmen don’t seem too invested in placing bets to win. The semis don’t even air on their TV anymore only the grand finals. I read that The Voice of France’s ratings are beating it..

M_K
M_K
4 years ago

@ Charli Cheer Up

If they manage to create that illusion, it will be A-W-E-S-O-M-E! 🙂

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

@M_K you’re right Alma’s team needs re-create that concept from the music video about the dancers standing on the side of a building defying gravity and re-creating that feeling of vertigo on the grand final stage.

doliep
doliep
4 years ago

I wonder why bookies place her only 10th, she deserves top 5 for sure and to win

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

So it looks like the dancers from her MV will in the performance? only think left for the French ESC team to figure out is what backdrop to use on stage. Can’t wait to see how Alma is gonna perform Requiem at Kiev!! <3

peaceman
peaceman
4 years ago

Her or a dancing gorilla ……… no competition my choice is done, greetings to this magnificent french girl

Eve
Eve
4 years ago

@ oldschool That’s right, many confuse this contest with The Voice 🙂 Good luck to Alma!

escESCesc
escESCesc
4 years ago

wow she’s a lovely doll !!! A really french princess, she deserves to win, Europe vote Alma!!

sockman
sockman
4 years ago

She sings gainsbourg with perfection, very good voice, she s so cute…..

oldschool
oldschool
4 years ago

I really love this girl, she has a delicate sweet and nice voice, she is not an another screaming divas, and esc it s a song contest, not the contest of the most powerful voice cf denmark emmelie de forest or lena germany, so Alma is perfect for winning in may, I m for Alma 100 %, go france !!! #Paris2018

M_K
M_K
4 years ago

Even though the song is great, I think France’s chances of doing well mainly depend on the visuals. If they are able to create something close to the preview video, they can go high.

I am not really convinced by the above visuals, I hope the Kiev choreography will be much more classy and “tango in Paris”-like. In fact, I think it would have even looked better without any dancers at all.

Eve
Eve
4 years ago

Aww, eternal Gainsbourg <3 <3