He’s the French crooner who was internally selected to represent his country at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)”. But now, Tom Leeb has announced that he will not be returning to Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
Tom Leeb will not represent France at Eurovision 2021
Leeb made the announcement in an interview with Mickaël Dorian on French talk show Good Morning Week-end. The full interview will be broadcast this coming weekend, but the station Non Stop People have published a preview article and clip of the Parisian singer’s appearance on the show.
In the interview, Tom Leeb explained that the decision to not return was made due to scheduling conflicts:
“I have a pretty busy schedule next year so I couldn’t do Eurovision. It’s official. Other things are coming my way”.
No official announcement has yet been made by French broadcaster France TV about their intent to participate at Eurovision 2021 or any possible selection process for next year’s contest. But, Leeb states in the interview that this decision has been agreed with the broadcaster and that they will make an announcement in the coming weeks:
“We agreed with France Televisions and it is they who will give a real answer to this.”
It had previously been reported that Tom Leeb was hoping to represent his country in 2021. In early June, he told Le Parisien: “This opportunity has passed through my hands. I would really like to have my chance.”
Unfortunately, Leeb’s schedule has ultimately meant that he will not be able to make the trip to Rotterdam next year.
Although he may not be appearing at Eurovision 2021, Tom Leeb won’t be disappearing from our screens just yet. Fans of French cinema can see the French star in the films C’est la vie and Pourris gâtés, scheduled to be released this summer. He will also be appearing in season two of Infidèle — the French version of the BBC series Doctor Foster — coming soon to TF1.
Tom Leeb at Eurovision
Tom Leeb was internally selected by France TV to represent France at Eurovision 2020 with the song “The Best In Me”. The track was co-written with Eurovision alumni John Lundvik (Sweden 2019) and Amir (France 2016). Swedish composers Thomas G:son and Peter Boström were also behind the song.
The initial version of the song received a mixed to negative reception upon release. However, Leeb then released a revamped version called “Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)”, which had a more acoustic feel to it.
In the end, Eurovision 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Leeb did not get the opportunity to perform on the Eurovision 2020 stage in Rotterdam.
What do you make of Tom Leeb’s announcement? Would you like to see Tom Leeb return to Eurovision after 2021? Who would you like to see represent France next year? Let us know in the comments below.