It’s time for another participant to be revealed for France’s national final Destination Eurovision. Next is the singer-songwriter and The Voice alum Sweem. He will be singing “Là-haut” (Yonder).
Born Clément Bighelli, Sweem was part of the 2016 series of The Voice: la plus belle voix. He auditioned with Angus & Julie Stone’s “Big Jet Plane”. It only inspired two judges to turn, but it was enough to get Sweem into the live shows.
Sweem is an experienced live performer with a folky-pop sound and is comfortable performing in both French and English. Sweem has played in such distant locations as Indonesia and New Caledonia. And yes, Sweem has a song called “Swim”.
In 2017 he released his debut EP Un matin d’hiver, and last month he released his new single “La baie d’Agonda”.
His participation in Destination Eurovision was announced through the usual video profile. In the video, the folky singer-songwriter talks about the importance of organic music — it sounds like he’d agree with Salvador Sobral on “fast food music”.
When asked about Eurovision, Sweem talks about the huge challenge and the importance of breaking down language and cultural barriers. And what’s the one thing good at breaking down these barriers? Music!
Qui est cet artiste ? Qu’est-ce qui l’anime ? Ouvrez grand vos oreilles et regardez son portrait en exclu, avant de le retrouver dans #DestinationEurovision, à partir du 13 janvier 2018 sur @france2tv ! @SweemOff pic.twitter.com/qej8WBTMSh
— Eurovision France ?? (@EurovisionF2) January 2, 2018
Sweem’s entry for Destination Eurovision is “Là-haute” (Yonder). From the short clip in the promo video, it involves some clean electric guitar and is quiet in the verses. However, it erupts with a strong, uplifting chorus that has plenty of potential to be memorable in a live performance.
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. Nine songs will compete in each of the two semi-finals, and four songs from each semi will go to the grand final.
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