She’s the French-Tunisian singer that lost out on Eurovision glory in a tiebreak. And yet, despite finishing second to Sweden’s Carola on countback in 1991, Amina Anabi remains France’s most successful song contest act of the past four decades.
And while Amina has no desire to represent France once more, she did try to compete in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen selection during the 2010s. Amina discussed her submission in a recent episode of the Schlagervännerna: Eurovision Legends podcast.
Amina’s rejected Melodifestivalen entry
The song in question is called “Nour – Reborn”.
It was a collaboration between Amina herself, along with Swedish songwriter Jonas Gladnikoff and British producer MaJiKer.
The chanteuse says: “I think today, that’s what we need all over the world”.
The song title “means that the light will be reborn. It’s a really beautiful song with Arabic English”.
Amina doesn’t disclose in which year she submitted the song, although it was included on her 2015 EP Unveil.
“We tried…we tried at least to represent Sweden”, remarks Amina on the venture.
Update 14 June: Producer MaJiKer has confirmed on Instagram that Amina’s “Nour – Reborn” was in contention for Melodifestivalen 2014.
Amina “Nour – Reborn”
Here’s what we said upon reviewing Unveil when it first dropped five years ago:
One thing cannot be denied: Amina’s vocal performance is an enchanting now as it was back in Italy in ’91. The EP might not be something that everyone loves: it definitely fits in to a broader “world music” category and certainly isn’t the type of music you hear from most ex-Eurovision stars.
The album has a real charm to it though. Amina flawlessly changes between languages on “Unveil” and “Nour Reborn” and it’s a real testament to her skill (as well as MaJiKer’s production) that you are kept so enthralled as a listener. It’s great to see this new music coming from such a prestigious artist and it’s another success for Amina.
Amina at Eurovision 1991
If the name Amina Annabi isn’t instantly familiar, then you should probably brush up on your Eurovision history. Amina is perhaps the unluckiest second-place finisher ever. In 1991, she tied for points with eventual winner Carola. The Swede only won on a countback system.
The love for “C’est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison” has endured. In a recent #EurovisionAgain 1991 rewatch, Amina finished second in the new fan vote — behind “Fångad av en stormvind” once again.
What do you think of Amina’s Melfest effort? Did it deserve to make the cut? Let us know in the comments.