It’s the national final that’s delighting fans with the quality and variety of acts being added to the lineup. The next act confirmed for France’s Destination Eurovision is the upcoming R&B singer Masoe who will sing “Paradise”.
Born Kevin Duarte, Masoe is a new singer, originally from Pau in the Pyrenees. He’s using his appearance on Destination Eurovision to launch his pop career. His national final track “Paradise” will be his debut single.
There aren’t a lot of videos of Masoe, but there is this one from 2016. Here he is singing Christine and the Queen’s song “Paradis Perdus” (Paradise lost) — similarly titled, but completely different in style to his upbeat Destination Eurovision entry.
Pour cette deuxième parenthèse je vous propose ma version de «Paradis perdus». Accompagné au clavier par LEWO, je reprends le titre de Christine and the Queens.Une vidéo O-vnee Music réalisée par Under Creation Studio.LIEN YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTQ6ZBO-SWEN'hésitez pas à partager & à identifier vos amis en commentaires :)(Téléchargement gratuit ici : https://soundcloud.com/maso-music-1/masoe-paradis-perdu-temoin)
Posted by MASOE on Friday, May 6, 2016
Masoe’s Destination Eurovision song “Paradise” has a big name behind it. It’s co-written by Masoe’s childhood friend Dany Synthé, now a major French music producer and a judge on the current series of Nouvelle Star (French Pop Idol).
Masoe mentions his big-name connection in the introduction video. He also talks about his relationship with the city of Paris, after he moved there to further his music career.
And of course, he speaks about what Eurovision means to him. He’s focused on winning and says participating in it is the continuation of his dream.
Qui est-il ? Quel est son style ? Mettez le son et regardez son portrait en exclu, avant de le retrouver dans #DestinationEurovision, à partir du 13 janvier sur @france2tv ! @MasoeOfficiel pic.twitter.com/mTFgIJxQR9
— Eurovision France ?? (@EurovisionF2) January 5, 2018
The excerpt of “Paradise” heard in the clip shows soul and R&B flavours mixed with hints of modern drum and bass production. The introduction builds to a big chorus, which Masoe sings in both English and French. As he describes his genre as chanson française, we don’t expect the song will be heavy on the English lyrics.
DESTINATION EUROVISION – KNOWN COMPETITORS
- Malo’ – “Ciao”
- June the Girl – “Same”
- Louka – “Mamma Mia”
- IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem”
- Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO”
- Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”
- Sweem – “Là-haut” (Yonder)
- Noée – “L’un près de l’autre” (One close to the other)
- Pheno Men – “Jamais sans toi”
- Lucie Vagenheim – “My World”
- Enea – “I’ll Be There”
- Sarah Caillibot – “Tu me manques” (I miss you)
The first semi airs next Saturday, 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.
In the meantime, vote in our poll for your favourite of the first nine acts.
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