Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs…and bonjour Madame Monsieur!
Today Emilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas — the electro-pop duo known as Madame Monsieur — confirmed their participation in Destination Eurovision, France’s Eurovision 2018 selection.
“We are proud and excited to announce our participation in Eurovision,” the pair wrote on their official Facebook page. “Our song is called ‘Mercy’. It tells the true story of a little girl born aboard…the SOS MEDITERRANEE France last March, while her mother was fleeing the violence of her country.”
Qui sont-ils ? Que veulent-ils nous transmettre ? Mettez le son, et découvrez leur portrait en exclu, avant de les retrouver dans #DestinationEurovision, à partir du 13 janvier 2018 sur @france2tv ! @MadameMonsieur pic.twitter.com/AtoNBOOTKk
— Eurovision France ?? (@EurovisionF2) January 1, 2018
“‘Mercy’ is a song that is particularly important to us. It’s a positive song that shows that there is always hope even when everything seems lost, as long as we can keep a little humanity.”
“Count on us to carry it as far as possible in this unexpected adventure of the Eurovision race. We’re determined and boiling!!”
SOS Mediterranee is a group which works for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. Their harrowing work seems to have inspired poignant lyrics, which the duo teased on their Facebook post.
“I was born this morning, my name is Mercy / in the middle of the sea, between two countries, Mercy / it was a long way and mom took it / she had me in the skin, eight and a half months”.
Their sound may be dreamy, but their way of working is very much steeped in reality. As their team say in their official biography:
“Each of their songs is a photograph of an emotion, as if caught on the spot, in an urgent need to tell the time and to understand those who make it.”
Their romantic words about work extend to the song, which seems as spiritual as it does contemporary. From the clip it’s clear this is an homage to love, life and perseverance — all set to an enchanting electro beat.
DESTINATION EUROVISION – KNOWN COMPETITORS
- Malo’ – “Ciao”
- June the Girl – “Same”
- Louka – “Mamma Mia”
- IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem”
- Emmy Liyana – “Ok ou ko”
- Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”
The remaining competing songs will be revealed over the coming days, in the build-up to the first semi-final. The first semi airs on 13 January 2018. Nine songs will compete in each of the two semi-finals, and four songs from each semi will go to the grand final.
You can follow the official Eurovision France 2 Facebook page for the latest updates.
What do you think of the “Mercy” snippet? Will this be one of the four songs to qualify for the grand final? Share your thoughts below!