In November, French media reported that broadcaster France 2 had ditched national final Destination Eurovision. Now it appears that the broadcaster may have reverted to internal selection. French media is reporting that France 2 has internally selected singer-songwriter Tom Leeb as France’s artist for Eurovision 2020.
The news was reported by French newspaper Le Parisen. The paper says that France 2 first called for song submissions, from both French songwriters and foreign songwriters. Once the right song was found, the broadcaster then looked for a singer to match.
That search led France 2 to upcoming singer-songwriter Tom Leeb. As the son of noted French comedian Michel Leeb, Tom also has a background in comedy and acting. But in recent years, his focus has moved to music.
However, as Le Parisen notes, France 2 would not give a comment on the possible selection of Tom Leeb for Eurovision 2020.
Who is Tom Leeb?
Tom Leeb is a singer-songwriter from Paris. He comes from a notable family of artists. His father is the well-known French comedian Michel Leeb and Tom’s sister Fanny is an established singer and star of The Voice 2013.
Tom is a man of many talents, having worked as is a singer, actor and also a comedian. He spent five years in New York, studying theatre, cinema, dance and singing.
He previously performed alongside his father in a theatrical adaption of Mrs Doubtfire. Tom has also made appearances on French television and has acted in films alongside established stars such as Jean Reno.
He also performs as a comedy duo with fellow funnyman Kevin Levy. As Kevin & Tom, the pair have a popular YouTube channel, including skits and songs.
But lately, Tom has been focusing on his music. He has played support gig for international stars such as Sting and Tom Jones. His music inspirations are other male singer-songwriters, such as Ben Howard, Matt Corby Bon Iver and John Mayer — all English-language performers.
In 2018 he debuted with a self-titled EP, and last year he released his album Recollection. Both recordings were English language and showcased Tom as a contemporary singer-songwriter. A version of Tom’s single “Are We Too Late” has clocked up over 25 million views on the YouTube audio clip.
If Tom has indeed been selected to represent France in Rotterdam, it seems likely that he will perform a song in the same ‘male singer-songwriter’ style.
France goes back to internal selection
After months of speculation, broadcaster France 2 appears to have gone back to internal selection for its Eurovision act. France’s new Head of Delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel previously told Le Parisen that the broadcaster wanted to have “more control over the process with an in-house selection.”
France last used internal selection from 2015 to 2017, with good some results. That era included Amir being selected with his song “J’ai cherché”, which gave France a sixth-place finish in the Stockholm grand final. The following year, Alma earned a decent 12th place finish in Kyiv with “Reqiuem”.
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