The rumours are true. French broadcaster France 2 has now confirmed that singer-songwriter Tom Leeb will represent France at Eurovision 2020. The upcoming singer has been internally selected by the broadcaster.
Tom was the subject of earlier speculation from French media. Now broadcaster France 2 has confirmed that he will indeed be France’s man in Rotterdam this May via Instagram.
The post features an image of the very photogenic singer, along with the following caption: “We are proud to announce that @tomleeb will defend our colours at the next Eurovision broadcast on May 16th on @France2!”
Tom shared his excitement, saying, “The Eurovision Song Contest is an iconic and unifying event; I am so proud to be representing France and I can’t wait to live this experience with you all.”
French media report that Tom’s song for Rotterdam will be a “universal” song that will “bring together” international audiences. The broadcaster has not confirmed the language of the song.
It is expected that Tom’s song for Eurovision will be released in coming weeks. France 2 promises a special event to present the song.
This is the first internal selection for France since 2017. The broadcaster previously used the national final Destination Eurovision but explained that this time they wanted to concentrate on finding the right song.
France 2 selected the song for Eurovision first, from over 100 submissions. With the song found, the broadcaster then selected Tom as the right person to perform it in Rotterdam. Or as new Head of Delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel explained, “We think that the ideal proposal corresponds to a match between a song for which we had a huge crush and an artist to embody it.”
Who is Tom Leeb? Meet France’s Eurovision 2020 singer
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. The videos are frequently very cheeky. One of his most recent is entitled, “How to hold an orgasm?”.
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.
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