He reigned supreme at France’s Destination Eurovision. Now, just over a month after he first performed the song, Bilal Hassani has released the official music video for “Roi”.
The clip landed on YouTube on Friday afternoon, and its view count is already in six figures. Posting on Instagram, the French Eurovision 2019 rep writes “I am extremely proud of it I sincerely hope you enjoy it”. His brief message is accompanied by a double heart emojii.
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Set in a very grand theatre, the visual narrative begins with the teen YouTube sensation backstage in his dressing room. It offers us a rarely seen glimpse of the man beneath the wig.
Once he’s applied his makeup and popped on his trademark blonde bob, Bilal takes to the stage and belts out “Roi”. The childhood throwbacks from his final DE performance and lyrics video are dropped in favour of moody lighting and soft-focus camerawork. However, his black outfit replete with bejeweled shoulder pads remains.
Bilal Hassani “Roi” Official Music Video
Despite murmurs of a revamp, the song itself appears to be largely unchanged. What’s good enough for Paris is good enough for Tel Aviv. Our Bulgarian video editor Cinan gushed about the track in the Destination Eurovision Wiwi Jury.
“This song has the message we all need. “I am me and I know I will always be”. This line is so inspiring and we have to say this to ourselves. “Roi” wasn’t my favourite at first, but when you listen to it more and go deeper, it has so much power.”
That message resonates even more in the weeks after Bilal’s victory. The 19-year-old was faced with a barrage of homophobic and racial abuse and forced to take legal action.
What do you think of the official “Roi” music video? Are you disappointed that there’s no revamp? Is the king your kween? Let us know in the comments.
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