France has joined the list of countries who will be revamping their song ahead of Eurovision 2020. Singer Tom Leeb has revealed that his entry “The Best of Me” will be revamped ahead of Rotterdam — and it’s getting a new title as well as a new sound.
Tom announced the news on Twitter, with a bilingual message.
— Tom Leeb (@TomLeebOfficial) March 12, 2020
Tom revealed that the new version would be “a little more acoustic”. This follows a live acoustic performance of the song last month. The performance at a French radio station was met with praise from fans, some of whom called for Tom to take this arrangement to Rotterdam.
The stripped-back version brought a warmth to the performance, something that wasn’t as obvious with the bombastic orchestral arrangement of the original studio version. The live acoustic version was also closer to the sort of folk-pop that Tom usually performs.
It remains to be seen how similar the new version of the French Eurovision entry will be to the earlier live acoustic version.
From “The Best in Me” to “Mon Alliée”
The song will also get a new title. The English name will be dropped in favour of the French “Mon Alliée” — that’s “My Ally” and referring to a female.
It’s not known if “Mon Alliée” will contain more French lyrics than “The Best in Me”. However, in recent days a version of the song leaked with mostly French lyrics but the same orchestral music.
Last month the French Minister of Culture Franck Riester criticised the song’s English lyrics. He dramatically said “the English chorus broke my ears a little” but also accepted that the song choice was made independently by France Télévisions.
Franck Riester has since been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is working from home as he recovers.
The release date of “Mon Alliée” has not been confirmed, but it is expected to be in coming days.
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