With September 1 having come and gone, the Eurovision calendar officially clicks over into the new year – meaning that any song officially released can be a contender for Eurovision 2019.
With a sultry blend of French Catalan sounds, a strong contender to spark interest is that of Kendji Girac.
Speaking to France’s 20 Minutes about the release of his new album “Amigo”, the French singer has said he’s definitely keen on representing his home nation – pending a ‘good song’:
“It is a danger. It must be stressful but – if I have a good song, I would like to represent France. It must be big, huge. We must feel a weight on the shoulders. I would really like to live it to know what it does.”
The handsome crooner is not wrong about the stresses and dangers of entering Eurovision — considering France’s record in recent years. After Twin Twin placed bottom of the leaderboard with “Moustache” and Lisa Angell not far in front in 2015, France saw a resurgence to the top ten, with Amir’s “J’ai cherché” getting France’s best result since 2002. Alma kept France’s results strong in 2017 with a 12th placing, while early frontrunners and fan favourites Madame Monsieur also achieving a respectable 13th placing in Lisbon this year.
With a strong voice and album to boot, Kendji would no doubt be a top-tier contender for the Big 5 country.
Who is Kendji Girac?
Previously appearing on our rumour list, the 22-year old Frenchman of Catalan Gitano descent is the most successful alum of any The Voice franchise worldwide, after taking out the competition in 2014.
His first self-titled album reached number 1 in France and Belgium in 2014, while his 2015 follow up Ensemble hit number one in France, Belgium and Switzerland. He appeared on the French version of Ariana Grande’s smash worldwide hit “One Last Time”, before taking out the 2015 OGAE Song Contest with “Andalouse” (which has amassed over 280 million views on YouTube).
After taking a year’s break, he recently released his latest album, Amigo. His latest album has a distinct feel, further showcasing a versatile, urban sound distinct from the flamenco Stromae-sounding hybrid of his first two album releases. His contemporary yet ground-breaking sound, fused with his Catalan, gypsy influences would make the man ripe for the transnational, multicultural song contest.
While Eurovision is on his mind, he’s also keen on some acting work; including an idea of a 50 Shades of Gray inspired role — calling himself the “Gray Gypsy”. Tie me up and take me there!
If Kendji is considering a Eurovision berth in 2019, he’d have to enter France’s national selection Destination Eurovision before the deadline of November 30. The French broadcaster France 2 announced a return of the event for 2019, including changes to the format such as adding live shows.
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