The French language gifted the world the phrase douze points, and now France Télévisions has given us the douze acts and songs of Eurovision 2021, C’est vous qui décidez — the French Eurovision selection.

The show will be held in a provincial town in January. And based on the comments we’ve seen on social media, you’re very much looking forward to it. Writing on the Wiwibloggss web site, reader Grft was thrilled to see France’s go-to Junior Eurovision songwriter in the mix: “The fact that Barbara Pravi can write something so fun and kid-friendly like ‘Bim bam toi’ or ‘J’imagine’ and then serve dramatic poetry like ‘Voilà’…That’s some great songwriter!”

Reader EurovisionBenny_AUT is pleased to see so many songs by French songwriters. He commented: “I’m glad that the French delegation has faith in its own composers this time around. It was a shame that their 2020 entry was composed by Swedes despite so many creative minds being from France. I hope that they stick with this sentiment!”

But what are you thinking? Who should win the French national selection and sing for France at Eurovision 2021? You can listen to the competing songs below and then vote for your favourites. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit, as you can only submit your votes one time.

Eurovision 2021, C’est vous qui décidez! — All 12 entries

Poll: Who will win “Eurovision 2021, C’est vous qui décidez” in France?

So which songs did you vote for? Which song do you want to win…and which song do you think will win? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Lia Cata
Lia Cata
5 months ago

Ponny X ou Barbara Pravi!!
styles différents et talents originaux!
(la France ne peut-elle pas avoir 2 candidats? 😉

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

My favourite is Barbara too, my second are Andriamad followed by LMX and Philippine.

Trina
Trina
5 months ago

(Let me caveat this first by saying I’ve lived the past five years outside Europe, so my tastes may have misaligned with Europe’s at this point…) Alléluia – Andriamad : A lot of people really like this, and I think it would appeal to a certain demographic. I also think this has Big Armenia Energy, which has worked for Armenia with mixed results. Amour fou – Pony X : This is easily my favorite (the only of these songs I’ve downloaded off iTunes), but I don’t necessarily think this is France’s best option for Eurovision (too “commercial”?). I do disagree with the… Read more »

Lia Cata
Lia Cata
5 months ago
Reply to  Trina

I totally agree with you for Pony X!!
It is my favourite too, charismatic singer, great voice and song! (the only song with a little bit of english words )!

Barbara is also fantastic, but for me her talent is so evident!
She doesn’t not nead Eurovision to be consecrated.

Last edited 5 months ago by Lia Cata
Hellooooo
Hellooooo
5 months ago
Reply to  Lia Cata

What happens if the song doesn’t has any english?? My favourite is Pourvu qu’on m’aime. Maybe knowing french helped me know the meaning, but vocals are very strong and she has a great live. French selection is very hard for me, because I like all songs excepting On a mangé le soleil and Paris me dit.

Lia Cata
Lia Cata
4 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

It is not an obligation to candidate with a song without english words.

But if you have a song with english words perfectly integrated in the composition,for me, it is a plus, a value in en european context.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
4 months ago
Reply to  Lia Cata

Oh, now understood your point

Joseph L
Joseph L
5 months ago

Love it when I like almost all the songs because then I’ll be happy with the result no matter what happens. 🙂

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
5 months ago
Reply to  Joseph L

Same

Nicky
Nicky
5 months ago

Voilá is amazing, Queen Barbara Pravi, the next Celine Dion

#Paris2022

Laura
Laura
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

Literally wtf Nicky

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

Not a good comparison. I would say she’s a female version of Salvador.

A good Celine Dion comparison is France 2002 – Sandrine François. She is a carbon copy of Celine! She should have won too.

thibslkiesc
thibslkiesc
6 months ago

France should send Valentina.. :p
No real ESC winner this year, with a good chore Alleluia and Voila are the only two potential top 10 for me

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago

Is it just me, or does this feel like a French version of last year’s Australia, except better? I think the themes are the same.

FanESC
FanESC
6 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilpgilp

I thought the same lmao, I was like “Australia Decides 2020 but it’s better”. ?

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago

Out of the Big 5 France gives us a good one every few years. Italy almost every year. Germany once every 10 years. Spain maybe every 5 years. And..the UK forgot they participate after 2002.

Nicky
Nicky
5 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilpgilp

France is the best of the big 5 by far

Germany also is good with Lena, Michael Schulte, and Jamie-Lee deserved better with her uniqueness

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

I think in recent years Italy has been better than France. But we can all agree the UK is the most embarrassing.

Agumon
Agumon
6 months ago

A couple good songs in that selection, but honestly some of them sound like they will be a total disaster when performed live (“Amour fou” and “Magique”, to name a few). Voila is cool cause it sounds so French, but I don’t get ESC winner vibes.

Overall I feel like with Voila France can maybe aim at a 5-10th placing, if well performed live (and no playback ;)).

Stephanie
6 months ago

Barbara Pravi is the class of the field in my opinion. Her song gave me goosebumps

Jakub
Jakub
6 months ago

To be honest I’m a bit disappointed by French songs…Most of them is just ok which is not enough for Eurovision. Right now my favorite is Terence James but unfortunately I doubt he will win 🙁

eha
eha
6 months ago

Am i only one who doesn’t love “Voilà”
I really am trying to like it, but i am not feeling it.

Pineaple
Pineaple
6 months ago
Reply to  eha

I’m not that keen either. I find it really dull to be honest.

Nicky
Nicky
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

how can you find that masterpiece dull?

Agumon
Agumon
6 months ago
Reply to  eha

I think it just sounds really French, in the sense that you have a singer not really singing but more like humming/talking and looking overly emotional/dramatic (like a lot of French singers do). That cultural authenticity is kinda cool to see in a contest with so many countries. Otherwise the song is just ok for me, I listened to it once or twice and enjoyed it but prob won’t listen to it again.

NickC
NickC
6 months ago

Judging by the reactions of the fans, it seems Barbra has this in the bag, just like Uku seems to have Eesti Laul in the bag. Unfortunately, while I enjoy both songs, at the moment my favorites are Amour Fou and Lost in a Dance. Well, this is why I love Eurovision, two little songs just for my playlist, even if they do not win….

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Yeah, I agree. Finding your favorites is even more important than winning itself. I have my list filled with NF songs which haven’t won their selections.
As for ”in a bag”, usually I’d agree. But remember, Monika Marija had Eurovizijos atranka ”in a bag” in 2019. Same for Elvana Gjata for 2020 FiK. Same for Bella Santiago vs Laura Bretan for SN 2019. The list goes on. This could still be anyone’s game. 😉

Last edited 6 months ago by Colin
Erasmus
Erasmus
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

yep I just calculated that Uku may not actually win (which makes me happy): option is that if Jüri, Koit and Uku are the final than Jüri may win, since the demographic that votes for Uku also votes for Koit, while the demographic voting for Jüri doesn’t vote for neither Koit nor Uku (generalizing) If Uku is placed by the jury on the 8th or 7th place (which may happen since I find Jüri, Hans, Wingman, Gram-of-fun, Heleza, Koit, Egert, Karl Killing, Sissi and maybe even Rahel, Kadri and Nika to be more jury friendly – especially since Eesti Laul… Read more »

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

A cool chart, Erasmus. It depends a lot of whether Estonians are set on sending Uku again no matter what or they vote like Swedes apparently do – for the song regardless of who sings it. I hope that there is a legit shot for Juri, Wingman or some others.

In France, I have no idea will it be 100% televote or there’ll be jury as well. I think it also depends on that. I can see Barbara winning 100% televote as well, but if so, there is a higher chance of an upset.

Srdjan30
Srdjan30
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

In France it will be 50% juries ( 5 international, 5 French jurors) and 50% televote.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  NickC

I really like your attitude. 🙂

EDESC
EDESC
6 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Remember that Eurofans aren’t the ones voting 😉 So this means nothing. I very much doubt the French televote will support Barbara this much, especially since we’ll probably find out today that Pony X is actually the world famous DJ duo Ofenbach.

Erasmus
Erasmus
6 months ago
Reply to  EDESC

omg that puts the perspective on the song on a completely other level!

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  NickC

That’s the spirit, Nick! Of course we want our favorites to win, but part of the fun of the national finals is finding new songs and artists to love. For now, I believe my favorite is a frontrunner in France, though my favorites in Estonia (which includes “Lost in a Dance”, I keep listening to it on repeat) and Albania won’t probably make it.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

My favorite in France is also the frontrunner. In Albania, my favorites are Klinti and Xhesika, both of whom seem unlikely to win. In Estonia, I think some of my favorites have a legit shot, but we’ll see. But whoever wins, I’m enjoying the journey and I’m glad there are many people who share that enthusiasm. 😉

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

If it wasn’t for the situation, I would say my favorites in Estonia had a shot. But I really don’t see Uku losing. Even the Estonian voting pattern seems to be in his favor.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree, Uku is certainly a frontrunner, but I call wouldn’t call it a day. Juri and Wingman seem to be very popular among younger viewers, Koit is popular among the middle generation too, then there’s also Heleza and last year’s jury favorite, Egert.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

What about Gram-of-Fun? Many people liked it here, I hope they can do well.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I don’t know about their popularity there, but sure, this song feels like a potential televote draw. 😉

Ermin
Ermin
6 months ago

AMUI -Maeva gives me life.
Many want Voila, but is no better than Alma 2017, so….

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
5 months ago
Reply to  Ermin

All you said was true, can’t understand the dislikes (dislike my too if you want, but idc)

ESC Jonathan
ESC Jonathan
6 months ago

I voted for the in my opinion most French song and it’s Voilà, by Barbara Pravi. It has a lot of jury potential and is a song in French. For me, this is the most promising song, France sent to Eurovision since J’ai Cherché. Of course, everything based on the competition but I can see this winning the juries by a landslide and also based on the competition, I can see this winning the televoting as well. So a 6th victory for France? All based on the competition but it is the first song of the ESC 2021 season that… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  ESC Jonathan

No, and hope France never wins again

Ashton
Ashton
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

why are you like this. what could you possibly get out of behaving like this. I dont understand

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

because i don’t like hype for old fashioned songs

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

I have a feeling that Nicky is just pulling pranks with us. Their controversial standpoints shift from topic to topic in a way I don’t find believable it’s their actual opinion. I guess it’s fun for them… IDK 😉

Come on, Nicky, join us in an actual discussion, since you are here as much. 🙂

Last edited 6 months ago by Colin
CyxCy
CyxCy
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky
We're going to take lessons with you, because your life has sent the whole coward.
OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
6 months ago

Voilà! Voilà! Voilà!

Andreu
Andreu
6 months ago

I’ll be honest. I really love and adore Violà. It’s very nostalgic to the old fashioned popular era of French music. It tells such an emotional and beautiful story. I would really want it to win and represent my country at Eurovision. That said the message may not be delivered or recieved the same way to the rest of Europe (+Australia), so it is hard to tell how successful it will be. I do think it would be a good jury pleaser song, her deliverance is raw and pure which will elevate the song. There are many other good picks… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Andreu

what do we care about old fashioned, that belongs where it is, in 70’s 80’s, not in 2021

Grft
Grft
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

@ wiwibloggs can’t you just ban Nicky? All she does is trash artists and send bad vibes in a really not constructive way

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Grft

no, i have my favourites too

Maeva, Alléluia which are quite nice, and have potential either, i think Pony X has some potential either, since song is quite catchy

voilá i heard way too many times this sort of music in basically every past french song from those decades i mentioned, it was constructive way of criticism

Balint
Balint
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

I refuse to believe that your comment saying that you hope Barbara’s music career will end can be taken as constructive criticism.

Fan eurovision
6 months ago

Top 3 potentiel, alleluia , magique , voilà
Outsider , tutti, bah non

Pineaple
Pineaple
6 months ago

I understand why people love Voila so much… but unfortunately I just find it really quite dull. It doesn’t make me feel anything really. I think she’ll probably win, but I’d be really pleased if Alleluia or Je T’emmenerai Danser pulled off a shock victory. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

The current top 3 of the poll is my current top 3. I believe “Voilà” is the better entry, but “Alléluia” would be a charming one with televote appeal and Philippine’s confident delivery gives “Bah Non” lots of potential.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah, all of these three are in my top 5 as well (along with Cephaz and Juliette). I feel like Voila would be more of a jury pleaser, while Alleluia and Bah non would appeal to televote more, but I could see a good result in all three cases.
I also want to address how I love cultural and genre diversity in this selection. It’s a big plus on it’s own. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It seems France 2 decided to showcase how diverse and multicultural France is, which is great. I just missed some urban and alternative sounds on the mix. But since they’re rebooting their national final, I understand why they wanted to start with a selection that’s very accessible to all audiences. The important thing for now is to make it last. I hope they don’t give up quickly like it happened to Destination Eurovision.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

The thing is, this selection is precisely not accessible to all audiences. I fear the lack of more modern and urban sounds will repel a good chunk of the younger generation. And they are a key demographic you want to excite, if you don’t want to revert to what Eurovision was in the eighties: A show that had nothing to do with current music.

Ashton
Ashton
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

How is there a lack of modern/urban sounds? Magique, Tutti, Je T’emmenerai Danser, Alleluia, and Bah Non are all very modern. Voila, while a chanson, is still heavily modern in its production, and On A Mange Le Soleil is remarkably similar to any modern indie-boy artists (see Cavetown and the like). You may not like these songs but there is no way that they aren’t modern.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Granted, “modern” and “urban” are not very precise terms – you rarely find precise terms in contemporary music with all these rather felt than accurately defined genres and subgenres, so let’s not get entangled in this web. The thing is, I have a hard time calling a sound like Cavetown’s acoustic guitar heavy singer-songwriter style “modern” (it’s a style that has been around forever) and certainly not urban, but perhaps I missed some aspects of his work, so if you want to point me to a particular song, feel free to do so. As chanson goes, Barbara Pravi does not… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Tibor
James
James
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

By the way, “urban” as a term for a particular classification of RnB and Hip-Hop music is being dropped by Billboard from its annual award show so we probably need to find a more accessible descriptor for this.

In any case, I don’t think there’s a particular name to call today’s particular contemporary French pop music as it’s quite broad in scope but you can tell it’s French based on how these song are produced, and the signature sounds that are associated with the country, not just limited to the accordion and the French language. 🙂

James
James
5 months ago
Reply to  James

*I probably should have re-edited that first paragraph. I meant to say, there’s been recent movement in the US music industry to have the term “urban” dropped describe a broad scope of genres identified as contemporary Black American music.

Of course, that’s not to say these recent changes should also be applicable in other countries where “urban” doesn’t have the same kind of baggage but I personally think in the context of French music now that I don’t see using the term as appropriate to accurate describe the current music scene there. 🙂

Tibor
Tibor
5 months ago
Reply to  James

Hey James, thank you for these clarifications, I can see I caused some confusion by using this term, but it’s really hard to talk about contemporary music with precise terminology, because it doesn’t really exist. I didn’t want to imply that all French contemporary music is “urban” – and I meant it more in the American sense you mentioned (I don’t know if it’s a “baggage”, because at least it gives us some orientation 🙂 ) -, but that this style although popular with younger demographics throughout the world, is not present in this selection and that to me is… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I think you already know I agree with you about the fact national selections should embrace urban and alternative music in order to bring closer the younger generations, Tibor. We were praising the Czech Republic for doing that just a few days ago. But I don’t think this selection would repel youngsters, even if I believe they weren’t the prioritiy on the producers thoughts when they closed this list. I guess my opinion about the tracks are between yours and Ashton’s. Though I miss fresh things there, I agree with him that there are plenty of modern songs on the… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

No, young people certainly weren’t the priority on the producers minds, when they drew up this list, I couldn’t have said it more charmingly. 🙂 We’ll see if this selection will have any impact on the French charts when the show airs in January, at the moment it has none whatsoever, and I’m not surprised. It’s an interesting hypothesis to think the French broadcaster perhaps refocussed their attention on an older demographic, but if this were the case it would be catastrophic for France in Eurovision in the long run. And I really want France to succeed, it would be… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

France showed a lot of ambition recently. What bothers me is that they had something interesting happening in Destination Eurovision and went in an opposite direction with an internal selection and the most uninspired choice ever. I guess it’s not a coincidence that they changed the head of delegation between one and another. And we can’t expect people that found that “The Best In Me” was a good idea to show a sudden appreciation for contemporary/urban music, right? In any case, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. At least they’re trying. Just like you, I really want France… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

They did show ambition and the change of HoD probably didn’t help, I don’t know. I wasn’t the biggest fan of DE, I didn’t like the concept with the expert panel and the cover versions, but in retrospect it was musically more interesting than this new format. We don’t even have a hip hop artist like Tracy de Sà this year, although French hip hop is really cool and huge in France (the second biggest market after the US).

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

May I ask you which one are they (the French songs on your best list)? Just to get an idea 🙂

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

Of course, let me check, it’s Yseult’s “Corps”, Benjamin Biolay’s “Comment est ta peine?”, Clarika’s “Le désamour”, Hervé’s “Addenda”, Lous and the Yakuza’s “Dilemme” and “Téléphone sonne”, Grand Corps Malade’s duet with Camille Lellouche “Mais je t’aime” (also a very modern form of chanson, by the way), Jérémy Frerot’s “Un homme”, Indochine & Christine and the Queen’s … I’m not sure I can write the title down without the filter swallowing it, but you know which one I mean, Maître Gims’s “Jusqu’ici tout va bien” and Terrenoire’s “Jusqu’à mon dernier souffle”.

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Oh wow what great picks!! I have a few that I listen on replay indeed : Corps by Yseult was an absolute crush one year ago and I remember me hoping for this to be internally selected back in December (with a shorter version) before the news Tom Leeb let it down. Yseult is still quite unknown from the public and that’s a shame. In the same vein, she recently released an EP including “Indélébile” which is really powerful as well. “Mais je t’aime” is at the moment on the top of the charts and I appreciate it for the… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

Phew, I’m glad you like them and just to answer to a few of your comments: It’s true that some of these artists have already contributed to DE, but I have to say that non of these songs had a lasting impression on me. I was completely taken aback when I saw that Yseult was behind “Là-haut” – it’s not that I didn’t like that song at all, but it was nothing special compared to the emotional rollercoaster of “Corps”. With Gims it’s a little hit or miss for me, sometimes he puts out absolutely epic tunes and sometimes it’s… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Haven’t been able to listen to all your suggestions yet, Tibor, but I liked a lot the ones I tried. If someday they make me head of delegation for France, you would be hired! 😀

My question is just if those people would say yes to an Eurovision selection. Though there’s also the Festival da Canção option, invite them to write songs and pick newcomers.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

What a pity that they’ll never ask us. 😉 And to answer your question: Some of them have already contributed as composers, but it’s rather the chart friendlier group that would accept such an invitation. With the more alternative sounding artists, I’m afraid Eurovision would only become an option when the image of the contest would change. But as long as the broader Eurovision public doesn’t at least respect more alternative sounds (and doesn’t kick them out in the semis), I’m afraid this might be a vicious circle. In smaller countries, where the perception of Eurovision is different (like apparently… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Maeva would appeal to televote as well, it still feels very french/tahitian, but it also gives a fun vibe you would expect from country like Moldova/Romania

dygh
dygh
6 months ago

Personally I don’t like those classic French Chansons because it might sound dated. I do get it why “Voilà” is a favourite because it’s beautiful in its own way but I don’t see it succeed at Eurovision. I think “Alléluia” might be the best option.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
5 months ago
Reply to  dygh

That’s what some people also said about Amar Pelos Dois.

KarmaLeon
KarmaLeon
6 months ago

France has a strong music industry and they offer …this …
any oh these songs are top10 material….
voted for pony x coz its the more 2020 😉

Laura
Laura
6 months ago
Reply to  KarmaLeon

Well are you satisfied by the selection or not? Lol. Or maybe you meant « none of these are top 10 material » and then you’d just be delusional

KarmaLeon
KarmaLeon
6 months ago
Reply to  Laura

None of them yes…see you on may !

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Laura

yes overall it is a good selection, there are still enough modern songs to choose from, so pls let it not be voilá what wins otherwise it would be a major disappointment

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

It’s Voila for me. It’s such a beautiful and cinematic song! But I’d be good with Andriamad, Cephaz, Juliette and Philippine winning too. I can see the potential in Terence’s song too, but that repetitive chorus would need a major revamp.

Last edited 6 months ago by Colin
Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
6 months ago

Terence James, LMK or Cephaz. Myb Barabara’s song is the best for Eurovision, but I don’t really like it. Mercy was so much praised and highly rated and at the end it finished out of TOP 10. I probably like Je t’emmenèrai danser the most, it’s so modern and up-to-date.

Last edited 6 months ago by Eurovision fan
Laura
Laura
6 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Mercy had a staging problem. The message wasn’t conveyed, it was not literal enough for people I think. Voilà is more in your face.

Laburnum
Laburnum
6 months ago

I really enjoy Bah Non personally but I think Voila would be the best pick to make an impact

Lolek
Lolek
6 months ago

My personal top 5 are:
Poney X, Terence James, Philippine, Barbara Pravi, and Casanova, I would be happy with any of those singers winning, though I think Barbara Pravi will likely be the best choice for France this year.

Nothing against Andriamad, the song isn’t bad, but I personally don’t find it as appealing as the five I’ve mentioned.

Max
Max
6 months ago

Nice slection, but, in my opinion, Voilá is the absolute best. Maybe im really biased but I used to think eurovision was a joke during the early 2000s and the first time I watched it I was convinced by my mother, who promised me we would order pizza if I watched it with her lol. I was getting a little bored with the Israeli song (its beautiful but I was really young and I didnt speak any english at the time) and then France came, saw and conquered my heart, I will always remembered how captivating that performance was, simply… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Max

french great songs for me had been Jessy Matador’s allez ola ole, very typical french pop, loved the energetic performance too

i liked ”Divine” in 2008, quite unusual for them, but it kinda worked

Moustache would’ve deserved higher because it was kinda modern, catchy, fun

N’oublie pas in 2015 i found stunning, beautiful staging, beautiful storytelling wise

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago

To my ears, France like the rest of the big 5 with the exception of Italy never brings their A-game to Eurovision, so I’m not too surprised by this selection. I kind of like “Alléluia”, because it has a nice drive, the lyrics are a little trite, though. And I somehow like the vibe of “Bah non”, Philippine seems to have a lot of confidence and the song is if not groundbreaking, then at least solid. The rest is not for me.

Last edited 6 months ago by Tibor
Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

What do you mean with A-game? If it’s about you would prefer to see etablished French artists, I’m not sure bringing Aya Nakamura or M Pokora (MTV EMA 2020) would really help and elevate the thing. Of course their produce hits which dominate the charts, but I don’t see them (not them particulary, I mean artists with the same weight in general) bringing as much diversity as a selection with newcomers do. I don’t deny that their songs will be good or even more, but they will probably be more “formatted” because they know their predilection public, they know how… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

Okay, let me unpack this a little bit. First of all, by A-game, I don’t mean established artists and I don’t even mean artists who “hit the charts”, I don’t care about that. I mean that musically, this selection does not reflect the high quality of contemporary French music. The songs are not really original or surprising, in at least half the cases they sound not even that contemporary. France can do much better is what I’m saying – and they have done better in the past, just look at the 90s. I appreciate that they are bringing back a… Read more »

Laura
Laura
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

The thing is I’m not sure you know what works well in France. Of course we have things like Christine and the Queens and that would be fantastic for ESC. But most of the things that work in radio and in the charts actually sound like 21 Juin, Terence or Cephaz (repetitive and without a lot of progression). For example « 3 cafés gourmands » who were really successful. So in this regard the selection is representative of French music at the moment. But I agree it is not what works at ESC :/

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Laura

I most definitely do not know what works well in the charts, be it in France or anywhere else. 🙂 I’m sure that you can find all sorts of stuff in the charts, that hasn’t changed over the years, chartbreakers of extremely poor quality always existed. And what you hear on the radio depends a lot on the radio station you’re listening to, doesn’t it? But I really doubt that a radio station for young(er) people would play something like 21 juin, would they? 😉

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I invite you to listen to this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voQhp1K2TSk
A nos souvenirs by 3 Cafés Gourmands, yet today in the charts despite it was realeased in 2017, 200M views, absolute French hit during the whole period 2018-2019, everyone especially the teenagers during their parties and a lot family public had this song on replay again and again.
It is quite similar to 21 Juin le Duo (they ensured the first part of 3 Cafés Gourmands’concerts during the touring)

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

Okay, I stand corrected. Let’s say that neither 3 Cafés Gourmands nor 21 juin would get any airplay on radio stations I would listen to longer than 10 minutes. 😉 But I’d nevertheless say that 3CG’s guitar sound is a little more timeless than what 21 juin is serving (although still not to my liking).

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Yeah I understand, as a French it connects more because of the lyrics and the meaning and the story behind (an amateur music band from the countryside who sing a song about flight of time, sharing family and friends moments) but I understand this is not the cup of tea of everyone. Plus it has a very quintessentially French spirit

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

Oh, I understand the lyrics perfectly, and I’m sure not every French person would agree with you that this kind of home-loving nostalgia is particularly French. Some people just vibe with it and others don’t.

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

About the contemporaneity : True for some like Maeva or Pourvu qu’on m’aime but there is a reason to explain their presence : it is to guarantee the diversity in the selection and the representativeness. However I disagree for the rest, there are AT LEAST half of these songs that I could EASILY hear on French radios and reflect actual French music scene! I don’t think it’s a question of contemporary songs now, I think it owns more to the music sensilibity of each of us. Some of the artists in the lineup have already been in the charts in… Read more »

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Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

We disagree about the national finals, but that’s no big deal. In my opinion they are better, precisely to showcase a variety of what is going on in your music scene – not only in the charts. And big countries like France, Spain, Germany and the UK should have no problem to establish such a final just as Italy has. And as I said to Laura: There never was “the radio” – and there certainly isn’t today. With the internet, we are able to receive more and more specialized radio stations than ever before, but even in the olden days,… Read more »

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

No problem, I like debating and there’s always a way to be constructive. Yeah indeed radios are usually oriented on a particular style and have different public so that could quite distort the thing. Anyway, we have to keep in mind it’s not as simple as it seems to equal the weight of the grand old Italian tradition but I think France’s case illustrate well a draft of what could be a more succefull and followed national competition in the years to come. The broadcaster learnt the lessons from last year (there was a lot of protest in medias, not… Read more »

Grft
Grft
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

I agree that it’s a virtuous circle. Successful or « edgy » French artists don’t want to participate because the show doesn’t have a good reputation and they are afraid of getting ridiculed if they fail. But it we bring good results I think it might change!

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

I approve your optimism, but I fear this is kind of a chicken-and-egg-problem: Do you need a good result in Eurovision to establish an annual show to present what’s going on musically in your country, or do you get better results by first establishing said show? In my opinion, it’s questionable to treat this problem retrospectively: A broadcaster should want an event to showcase musical production because it’s exciting in itself, not because you achieve a good result at Eurovision. The success either follows or doesn’t, but I think the key is to excite the audience for the event itself… Read more »

CyxCy
CyxCy
6 months ago
Reply to  Louka

And I see very badly an Aya Nakamura, who insults everyone on social networks as soon as her ego is affected (she proved it again recently with the MTV EMA), accepting to be put in competition with other artists on a selection. Very few established French artists are ready to take up the challenge, in fact. They are afraid of defeat. Hence the fact that it’s young artists at the very beginning of their careers who are trying their luck.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
5 months ago
Reply to  CyxCy

What happened after MTV EMA??

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
6 months ago

I have listened to “Bah Non” around 10 times yesterday and 7 today, so… well… 😀

MBV123
MBV123
6 months ago

Voila is getting overhyped, it’s a good, carefully crafted song and very well presented/performed by Barbara, but it’s a decade-old formula in French music, and I think it will flop on the night. As much as the juries may upvote this in the national selection, the French audience will not – it may have that classical French charm that international Eurofans are digging apparently, but for most of us at home it just feels quite dated. And to be quite honest, French music at ESC is at its best when it doesn’t take itself so seriously. My personal favourite is… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago

Here’s my top 3:
1. Amui – such a happy tune, I instantly played it on repeat about 15 times!
2. LMK – a lot of sass, feels modern
3. 21 Juin le Duo – so sweet

Miguel
Miguel
6 months ago

Its so nice to see the french national final back. Last year internal selection was a flop. France has had great songs this last few years and 2021 feels like it will be the same. I enjoyed most of the songs in the NF. Here is my top:

1 – Barbara Pravi – Voilà
2 – Terence James -Je t’emmènerai danser
3 – Juliette Moraine – Pourvu qu’on m’aime
4 – 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-tu me dire
5 – Casanova – Tutti
6 – LMK – Magique

Celeste
Celeste
6 months ago

Being french, i will say the songs with the most chance to win are Alleluia, Tutti and Voilà. Voilà seem to be the type of song peoples like from France, but here, peoples think is just old fashionned and for win we need pop songs. Seemone finished second with her horrible song, so a win is largely possible. I think the televote will go for the ethinc song (Alléluia) and Tutti, because for what i read, peoples want a joyful song, he is good looking and has a devoted fanbase, but not like the one of Bilal, he is pretty… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Celeste

i like french chansons, but voilá indeed too outdated, also not my cup of tea, since within that genre, there have been better singers for france at ESC

you guys need a nice pop song, alléluia has potential yes

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
5 months ago
Reply to  Celeste

I’d say open up to Voíla.

Bryn Collins
Bryn Collins
6 months ago

This is the first selection ever were I’ve got 4 joint winners
1.phillipine
2.LMK
3.barbara
4.andriamad

FanESC
FanESC
6 months ago

I was disappointed by my country’s selection at the beginning but the more I listen to some songs, the more I think it’s not that bad I thought at first. Some songs would need a revamp like Alléluia, Tutti or “Je t’emmènerai danser” (huge potential but Térence said this was the final version). Casanova said “no revamp” at first but on youtube he is collecting some opinions to make the song better so maybe he’ll change his mind. Cephaz confirmed a revamp as well. Overall, It’s above the average but not amazing, but I definitely think that live performances with… Read more »

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  FanESC

Thanks for this info. Funnily, out of all the songs, a revamp would’ve been most beneficiary to J t’emmerenai danser, as the chorus is so repetitive. Otherwise, the song has potential in verses and post-chorus, especially with the Celtic instrumental. On the other hand, On a mange le soleil is probably one of the best songs in the selection, so I can only hope that the revamp will be minuscule. On a random note, announcing revamps as soon as the songs are out is not a good sign in being confidant you have a winning product. Still, good luck to… Read more »

Louka
Louka
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Here are clues lol : One of the memorable lyric in the chorus of 21 Juin le Duo’s “Peux-tu me dire” is : “No time to acclimatize yourself, emergency is proclaimed”. There is a pun on the “acclimatize” so I let you guess the theme of the song 😉 Ali sings indirectly about being welcome in new place, country, since he arrived in France 6 years ago. He wants to show that dreams can come true. Tutti is an ode to our roots which take life in our native regions (Corsica in Casanova’s case). He is remembering is childhood and… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago

voted Barbara in the poll, but just because i hope she will end her music career with a esc flop

McRoro2003
McRoro2003
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

what the hell is your problem? You might not like the song but there’s no need for you to be rude

Landon
Landon
6 months ago

My top 3, but they will guarantee not win:

1st: Amui “Maeva”
2nd: Ali “Paris Me Dit”
(I kind of hope we have a 2019 situation where the really hyped up ballad loses against the gay Arab with a bop)
3: LMK “Magique”

Linus
Linus
6 months ago

I love Amui- Maeva but they are 11th so i dont think my favourite will win ;).

Landon
Landon
6 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Same. The song is just so happy and nice, plus the Tahitian language is beautiful.

Linus
Linus
6 months ago
Reply to  Landon

i agree. Live maybe they can suprise

Alex
Alex
6 months ago

I wanna wait for the live performance for Voilà. It’s good and I respect it but I don’t love and feel it.
I felt the same with Mercy and Madame Monsieur in 2018.
I think I’d go with Andriamad right now but live performances can change everything.

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Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago
Reply to  Alex

hope Barbara flops, she’s too old for esc as well

Balint
Balint
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

She’s 27. And even if she was 87, there is no such thing as someone’s too old for Eurovision.

Red X
Red X
6 months ago
Reply to  Balint

True, age mostly doesn’t matter when it comes to taking part in Eurovision

Max
Max
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

Nicky, What is wrong with you mate? Seriously, chill

Red X
Red X
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

All you do on this site is hate on literally everything.

Laura
Laura
6 months ago

Unpopular opinion, but I really want Casanova to win!! It’s such a fun song. I really don’t like Voila.

Last edited 6 months ago by Laura
olvrfin
olvrfin
6 months ago

I really struggled to choose a favourite. It’s not a bad selection, but I don’t quite get the hype. Even the best songs would need a major revamp to stand a chance at ESC.

KESC
KESC
6 months ago
Reply to  olvrfin

Definitely agree!!
…and I don’t really get the hype on Voilà either.
France can do much better than these songs.

Funnily enough, their Junior Eurovision entries are by miles better than these songs here, as well as than most of the entries that they’ve sent to Eurovision.

Last edited 6 months ago by KESC
Loin dici
6 months ago

Voila for my initial pick, but I’m also down with Magique or Alleluia. There’s a part of me wishing that classic Patricia Kaas moment to return.

KESC
KESC
6 months ago

I respect everyone’s opinion, but unlike the others, I want “Magique” to win.
I know that it won’t probably win, but with a decent revamp, this song has potential.

My other choice would be “Amour fou”, which is also a great entry.

Sorry, but I couldn’t connect with “Voilà”, even though it’s a nice song for sure.

Last edited 6 months ago by KESC
Alo
Alo
6 months ago

Voila is good, but I don’t know how many televotes it can get in ESC.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
6 months ago
Reply to  Alo

Agreed. Fantastic performance, the juries will love it. But the public will see it as yet another French song by France, regardless of it being the best one since Patricia Kaas.

Nicky
Nicky
6 months ago

justice for Tom Leeb

CyxCy
CyxCy
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

There is no injustice to Tom. As an actor he has just made a series (“Infidèle”) and a movie (“C’est la vie”). He may come back to music when he has the time, but actually this is the actor who is requested by the productions, so he will not deprive himself of it.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
5 months ago
Reply to  Alo

If Amar Pelos Dois can win the televote, Voíla will definitely be a contender for the top 5 of the televote.

Neil
Neil
6 months ago

I know y’all will hate me for this and I know I’ll get diluted but…
1.Bah Non (my winner of 2021 NF so far)
2. Magique
3. Voila

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
6 months ago
Reply to  Neil

“Bah Non” is also my winner so I say “Oui” <3

Kieran Edmunds
Kieran Edmunds
6 months ago
Reply to  Neil

Same top 2 but Voila is my 4th and pony X is my third

Neil
Neil
6 months ago
Reply to  Neil

Disliked not diluted 😀

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

Barbara and Andriamad are the two acts who I think could get left-hand side of the scoreboard. Voila has the higher ceiling and the lower floor. It could do really well or people might not take to it. Alleluia is safer but it’s probably not got top ten potential.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
6 months ago

I wouldn’t go over the top and say that Voilà is a potential Eurovision winner, but it’s definitely a fantastic song and the best among the others from France
So choose wisely! She deserves to go 🙂

zheng
zheng
6 months ago

Voila!!

Laura
Laura
6 months ago

Barbara obviously, that song has huge potential of a top10. Maybe a contender for the win with the appropriate staging. Choose wisely France!

Louka
Louka
6 months ago

Fun fact : the first verse of Barbara’s song is : “Ecoutez-moi” which translates to”Listen to me”