It’s been one of the most successful countries at Junior Eurovision in recent years, but victory still eludes France. Hoping to take home a win on the nation’s fourth attempt in the contest is Valentina Tronel with “J’imagine” (I Imagine).
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France in Junior Eurovision 2020: Valentina “J’imagine”
France withdrew from Junior Eurovision between 2005 and 2017. But the country has enjoyed two successive top five finishes since returning in 2018. As with both Angélina and Carla, broadcaster France Télévision has opted to go internal again, selecting 11-year-old Valentina Tronel.
In an interview with 20Minutes.fr, French Head of Delegation and FTV Programmes Manager Alexandra Redde-Amiel says: “We received about twenty proposals, either songs alone or songs carried by an artist. But Valentina arrived with her little bright eyes and her optimistic message. We fell in love, it was obvious”.
Alexandra adds that “J’imagine” fits Valentina’s personality, describing it as a positive sparkling track that will allow us to imagine ourselves in a world of tomorrow full of joy and life.
Valentina is not unknown to the French audience. In 2016, aged just seven, she participated on The Voice Kids. She was the youngest participant but none of the judges chose her.
She’s been part of the children’s music collective Kids United Nouvelle Génération (formerly Kids United) since 2018. The musical project began in 2015 and is composed of five children. It supports UNICEF campaigns. Kids United is followed by over 300,000 fans on Instagram and has sold 1.7 million albums.
What do the “J’imagine” lyrics mean?
The “J’imagine” lyrics are very much of today, touching upon the separation and isolation caused by the ongoing lockdowns and quarantines throughout the world. They call on us to imagine a better world.
Valentina sings that a better time will come, where people will be able to see each other again, not just through a computer or phone screen.
I dreamt we were a lot
To repaint the walls of our cities
And leave our handprints
Not just on our touch screens
In the meantime, Valentina tells us to envision a dream where nothing can stop and to pass on the message.
Speaking to the official Junior Eurovision website, Valentina reveals her favourite lyrics from the entry.
“My favourite part in my song is “So it’s true, it’s not always joyful, in our hearts it’s a bit like a fight, and you, tomorrow, what do you do? Imagine with me.” Because it reflects reality – life is not always easy and fun – but yet has a strong hopeful message at the end: imagining together a brighter future!
And I also love singing it because it’s a mellow moment of the song that contrasts with the rest of the track, and it finishes with a high note that I really like to reach!”
“J’imagine” lyrics — Valentina (France JESC 2020)
Written and composed by: Igit and Barbara Pravi.
Both Igit and Barbara composed Carla’s “Bim Bam Toi”, the song that took France to fifth place at Junior Eurovision 2019.
Oups, y’a plus de fleurs au balcon
À repeindre les murs de nos villes
Tout commence par un “j’imagine”
Moi Je suis prête
Moi demain j’imagine
Imagine avec moi
Oh, moi demain j’imagine
Oops, there are no more flowers on the balcony
To repaint the walls of our cities
Everything starts with an “I imagine”
Me, I’m ready
Tomorrow I imagine
Imagine with me
Oh tomorrow, I imagine
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