She’s the songwriter behind Valentina’s “J’imagine” who brought France their first Junior Eurovision victory. Now Barbara Pravi looks like she is destined to make her debut as a performer on the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam. That’s because her entry is the most-streamed on Spotify among those competing in Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez.
At the time of publishing, Pravi’s chanson waltz song “Voilá” has racked up 338,572 streams on Spotify since release. If these numbers translate to votes, the chanteuse could win the French national final and secure that golden Eurovision ticket.
Barbara Pravi has the most-streamed C’est vous qui décidez song on Spotify
Fan favourite Pravi sits comfortably ahead of her closest competitor Philippine. The “Bah non” singer trails Pravi by more than 50,000 streams.
The field widens significantly thereafter, with the remaining acts having less than 100,000 streams each. It could be an uphill battle towards victory for these acts to win over the public vote. In third place is Andriamad, whose multi-language track “Alléluia” boasts 94,933 streams. Bringing up the rear is AMUI, whose French-Tahitian track “Maeva” has 16,515 spins.
The streaming data for Ali’s “Paris me dit (Yalla ya helo!)” is missing, as it was only made available on Spotify on Friday 22nd January. Could it prove to be a wildcard on the night?
Here are all of the acts bidding to become France’s next Eurovision entry, listed in order of most to least streamed.
Barbara Pravi: “Voilá” – 338,572
Philippine: “Bah non.” – 281,827
Andriamad: “Alléluia” – 94,933
Terence James: “Je t’emmènerai danser” – 81,069
21 Juin Le Duo: “Peux-te me dire?” – 76,040
CASANOVA: “Tutti” – 71,515
Cephaz: “On a mangé le soleil” – 62,374
LMK: “Magique” – 54,670
PONY X: “Amour fou” – 28,709
Juliette Moraine: “Pourvu qu’on m’aime” – 21,502
AMUI: “Maeva” – 16,515
Ali: “Paris me dit (Yalla ya helo!)” – N/A
While streams are a good indicator of popularity, victory is not set in stone for any artist. They will have to convince public voters and a jury of experts on the night that they are the right choice for France. The 12 entries will compete and the winner will be chosen over two rounds of voting.
Firstly, all 12 acts will showcase their entries. The public will vote for their favourite acts and the seven most popular will progress to the superfinal. A ten-person jury – consisting of Amir, Duncan Laurence and Marie Myriam amongst others – will pick one extra track from the remaining five to be eligible for the final vote. Then, the vote will be reset. Finally, the public and the jury will vote 50/50 for the winner, who will go on to represent France at Eurovision 2021.
Eurovision France: C’est Vous Qui Décidez takes place at 21:05 CET on Saturday 30th January.
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*Stream numbers accurate as of January 22 at 17:00 GMT.