The stage for Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez was circular. And within that circle we felt the heat of fire, the thrust of dance and the emotion of chanson. Twelve acts sang, but at the end of it all fan favourite Barbara Pravi emerged victorious with her touching ballad “Voilà”. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who wants to hit the stage and share her songs with the world. Well France has spoken et voilà: The Eurovision stage is officially yours.

Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez: Results

After the performances, the public voted for their favourites. Seven songs advanced automatically based on the televote alone. They were:

Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime

Casanova – Tutti

Cephaz – On A Mangé Le Soleil

21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-Tu Me Dire?

Amui – Maeva

Barbara Pravi – Voilà

Poney X – Amour Fou

An eighth song was then open to be saved by the jury — a so-called “euro-ticket”. That went to LMK with “Magique”.

Eliminated acts

Ali – Paris Me Dit

Andriamad – Alléluia

Philippine – Bah Non

Terence James – Je T’Emmènerai Danser

Votes were then re-set to zero and the public and the jury then voted for the song that would represent France at Eurovision 2021. It was a 50-50 split.

Jury Results

 

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The Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez! jury

We include the name of the artists who the juror gave their 12 points to.

  • Amir, president of the jury (France’s representative at Eurovision 2016) — Barbara Pravi
  • Marie Myriam (last French winner at Eurovision 1977) — Pony X
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier (French fashion designer) — Pony X
  • Michele Bernier (French actress) — Juliette
  • Elodie Gossuin (Miss France 2001, who gave the points for France at Eurovision 2016) — Barbara Pravi
  • Agustin Galiana (French singer and actor) — Barbara Pravi
  • Natasha St Pier (France’s representative at Eurovision 2001) — Barbara Pravi
  • André Manoukian (French classical musician) — Barbara Pravi
  • Chimène Badi (French singer) — Barbara Pravi
  • Duncan Laurence (Eurovision 2019 winner) — LMK

Televote Results

Barbara Pravi 100 points

Casanova 80 points

Amui 70 points

Juliette Moraine 60 points

Pony X 50 points

Cephaz 30 points

21 juin le duo 20 points

LMK 10 points

Eurovision France 2021: Overall results

 

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What do you think of France’s Eurovision 2021 song and singer? Do you think the right songs advanced past the first round? Let us know in the comments box down below!

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jack
jack
1 month ago

The camera work is one of the best ever in a national final.

Montell
Montell
1 month ago

This song reminds me of music from Cirque du Soleil, e.g. https://youtu.be/PTMisEaiWM4

Lovage
Lovage
1 month ago

Oh my, I absolutely love the song and the performance! Well done France.

musimak
musimak
1 month ago

Just found the chorus for the next 25 french entries to eurovision : « ooooonly tradition. Just and always tradition. The purest. Forever. And eeeever.  ». Got a hit. Not a revolution of course but a hit.

musimak
musimak
1 month ago

Loved it even though when you re french and over 30 you heard it a million times during the 90 in pascals sevran s weekly show. I was hoping for surprise and revolutionary propositions, I m just worried it does not exactly pass the « 10 min after the recap which song can you sing along right now ». The sobral effect would mean people would vote for emotions instead of party…after more than a year of lockdown. Yyyeeppp . Maybe i m a debbie downer.

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
1 month ago

It’s good I think a revamp can clean it up a little bit I can see this doing alright not winning but It can do alright

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Heartbeater

No revamp, PLEASE! The song is just right as it is.

musimak
musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  Heartbeater

Yaaaah : i m so frustrated. It’s good but no chance to pass the « 10 min after the recap which song can you sing along right now? » test. Absolutly NOTHiNG different than the last… 44 last entries. No revolution. Still no shock. Only tradition, always and just tradition. Forever.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  musimak

What’s wrong with tradition? One can have tradition and radical innovation in the same contest. Both are good. BTW, the latter very rarely makes it in the top 10, if you care about the placing.

Teddie
Teddie
1 month ago

That was my least favorite song of the bunch but I admit her victory was fair: spot-on vocals, intriguing camera work and overall artistry and production values made it a clear winner. On the other hand, this has zero chances at winning the ESC. Lots of chirping in French equals few public votes. But good luck I guess.

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago

So my favorite actually won???!! Félicitations Barbara, you deserved it, and bonne chance at Rotterdam this May!

Aaron
Aaron
1 month ago

Hoping for a revamp, this screams last place in the Final to me.

Sirius
Sirius
1 month ago

The best French entry since Patricia Kaas in 2009.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago

Good choice. France should be on track for a respectable result.

Gil Dadia
Gil Dadia
1 month ago

I dont see a scenario that eurivision 2021 will be with crowd, which makes the contest this year useless as well…just dont be surprised , its most likely to happen

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Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
1 month ago
Reply to  Gil Dadia

Most people watch eurovision from a television anyway so how exactly does the absence of a crowd make the whole contest “useless”?

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Gil Dadia

I think they caninvite people in small groups to attend the live shows, the arena is big for social distancing

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago

OMG!!! Wow wow wow! I am mesmerized!!! Finally has France something for which it can really be proud of. With this song only has 2021 already become a million times better musically than 2020. Instant top 10 of this century for me. I am really happy for this little marvel. I wish France to win this year. That’s settled. (And the that staging… OMG!!!!)

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Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
1 month ago

It’s very artsy and old school. I can see why people like it but this isn’t for me since I’m a fan of more simple and catchier melodies. The lyrics are indeed beautiful and powerful but the song as a whole didn’t make me feel any strong emotion. Even though I don’t like this very much I’m glad people are already finding songs they like so strongly this early on.

GG40
GG40
1 month ago

Whatever the outcome will be in Rotterdam,I’m so proud of the song France is sending this year .Barbara is a young talented singer-songwriter and she is ready to take the stage as she showed it last night.It was obvious she was playing in a different league from the other candidates but I enjoyed watching the show and discovering that variety of songs, genres and artists with such different backgrounds.It was like opening a box of Quality Street chocolates with all those different tastes,flavours and colours! Cephaz and Pony X were great surprises.The first moment of intense emotion of the evening… Read more »

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

I do think its early calling it a winner. Its honestly not good enough to be a winner but could be top 10 if it has a proper staging. But there are 30 or so other songs waiting to be released

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Can you for once stop rooting for Sweden? It is obvious that this song is thousand times better of whatever will come out of Melfest. And then you complain that fans hate Sweden… Well, with that kind of atitude, no wonder…

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Ehh, OK? Did you forget to take your pills?
What about your attitude? Your arrogance? Jumping on every single oppurtunity to bash on how much you hate Sweden and their entries even though no one mentioned them and I actually praised your entry. And people wonder why we get defensive, well there you have it..
I did like your entry but with that attitude I will take great joy in knowing that we will get another top 10/top 5 entry while your “ethnic” garbage will end up 18th or so. No wonder people think the French are arrogant snobs..

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

😀 “your “ethnic” garbage” ?… 😀 Thank you very much for illustrating so “beatifully” that underneath this “official Dennis” alias lies a vulgar racist, as I suspected all along. Firstly, I am not French. Secondly, this reaction just proves how small your worldview is. Thirdly, that your dissmissive comment shows that you can’t stand any healthy competition to Sweden, especially if it doesn’t come from your little corner of the world. Sweden is a great nation, which I appreciate immensely, but you are a disgrace for your own country.

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Lola
Lola
1 month ago

Understanding French, I get why it won, the lyrics are beautiful and her voice is amazing. With that being said, I don’t think this is THE winner. The big majority won’t understand the meaning behind it and if I just listen to the song without focussing on the lyrics, it gets too repetitive for me (which annoys me, sorry ?). Overall, I’dd give it a 8/10, but take away the understanding of French and it becomes a 6.5/10.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Lola

I speak French as well, and I have to admit it, the lyrics are indeed beautiful, it reads almost as a poem, but can I ask you a question? What are your thoughts about Seemone’s song Tous les deux, personally, I like that song way better than this.

Lola
Lola
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I loved that song and think it should have won! In comparison to Voila, Tous les deux is also better imo.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Lola

Well, four years ago we had another winner that sang in a language that only a few in Europe understand. And there are many that understand French. Also it is about the musicality of the language, which is unbeatable when sung like Barbara does

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Its title is also a word that even people who don’t speak French understand, so that can only help too.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Indeed!

Lola
Lola
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

I’m not saying a non-english language song can’t do well, I’m just stating that, in my opinion, the strength of this song lies with the meaning of the lyrics and not the musical aspect of the language. Sobral’s song was indeed super impactful on all levels, regardless of language and lyrics. I just don’t see that aspect mirrored in Voila like you do. But nonetheless, I wouldn’t be surprised if France end up on the (high) left side of the scoreboard in May. It just hasn’t got what I look for in a winning song.

Edit: spelling

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L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Lola

It is good to disagree in a civilised fashion. 😉 Thank you for that. Actually, I think this song is even more impactful than APD, and I am a big fan of it. Let’s what the cards have in store for Barbara. A healthy competition would only do her good, 😀

Lola
Lola
1 month ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

I can’t wait to find out! 😉

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Alex
Alex
1 month ago

It would be a scandal if juries ignore France this year. Yes, i know there will be 30+ new songs to consider as the competition but i honestly think France has the whole package this year. Even if you don’t like this type of old-fashioned music, it captivates you and grabs your attention. Plus, Barbara shows a lot of emotions just like Jamala, Conchita, Duncan to name a few. It’s too early to crown France as the winning country, but it’s definitely a contender. The French team looks very determined to bring success to the country in ESC. In short,… Read more »

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Well if it is old- fashioned as you say then why would it win? When has an old-fashioned song won yet alone reached top 10? Winners bring something new and original to the contest, not sounding like songs that could have won in a previous decade.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

@Denis
Well….
Azerbaijan 2011

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

At least it sounded modern and from the decade rather than old!

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Indeed old fashioned for 2011 let alone 2021. And boring as hell

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

You say that like it’s a bad thing. I actually liked Running Scared, it still gives me goose pimples.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

2017

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

I’m sorry but Portugal 2017 is literally RIGHT there

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Just a precision: old-fashioned for me does not necessarily equals good or bad. 2011 was old-fashioned and bad. 2017 was old-fashioned, or rather, vintage, and good. In my opinion of course. “Voilá” is also vintage/old-fashioned and good.

Ermin
Ermin
1 month ago

Nooooo, another Conan Osiris, another year western Europe will complain about eastern bloc voting. You just never learn. Maeva, where is Maeva?

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Ermin

France is automatically qualified to be in the final.

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Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Ermin

This is more like Salvador Sobral or Patricia Kaas than Conan Osiris.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

I can appreciate it, I see why it won. But not really for me if I’m honest, I miss the France of 2016-2018.
3 great entries that I still listen to outside of the competition.
But look, France 21 isn’t bad, I expect a decent result in May. It’s the kind of song that could land anywhere between top 5 to bottom 5 depending on the mood on the night.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

even tho this ain’t my type of thing at all, i can see why it won. the performance looked like it could be from eurovision

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

First impressions? I can’t help thinking it’s very Jeanne Durand from Ab Fab 2012.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Why do you think of that reference…other than she’s French?

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Jeanne Durand could not sing so spoke her words. To me, this French entry is a narration of spoken words to a tune rather than a singer singing a song.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Thanks for explaining, Kim. I had to google the Ab Fab reference, and all I could find was this…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMArOm0_yyc …so from this it obviously seemed like nothing more than a silly stereotype.

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Marc
Marc
1 month ago

I loved the staging of Voila and agree with Duncan Laurence’s comments in staging at ESC.

Una
Una
1 month ago

It’s evident that the 2021 selection was completely different from the one of 2020. External vs. internal. Home-made product vs. “Swedish factory/ usual suspects thing”. Nearly all “diversity” boxes checked thoroughly yet it all looked like there was just one song for the win and the rest were mere “tokens”. The discrepancy regarding quality of songs, performances, choreos and staging is way too obvious. Only one song and one performer stood out. They could have well made another “internal selection”. Being a “token” and having a platform should not be regarded as something utterly positive. And the camerawork and the… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I agree, I don’t speak French that well, but what I picked up, it seemed like a Barbara love-in. Her staging and camerawork was miles better than the other contestants and the whole scores straight after the songs I’ve already commented on below. I really hate the feeling that you are being manipulated….

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Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I think the whole selection was uncool from the *very early start* to finish. Meaning shortly after the release of “Mon aliée” re: its reception.

I do not want to take away from any merit and hard work that the artists and their teams have put into their participation this year. But the overall thing was not cool at all.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

TV is a form of manipulated entertainment anyhow; I won’t bore people with the technical details. But perhaps there could have been more equality in the staging for the acts; this I agree with. The jury, however, were completely transparent- nothing wrong there perhaps?

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Thanks Purple Mask. I don’t have any experience in TV production, but sadly I do have a lot of experience in manipulation. Of course, everything is manipulated to a lesser or greater extent – perhaps my main gripe is that this manipulation was not done more effectively as it really spoils my enjoyment when it is in plain view. Mais, c’est la vie!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Hmmm. You make an interesting analysis, especially about “token” acts. I wonder what you think about the Norway MGP songs we had in heat 3, as I felt they were a bit token – i.e. Ethnic difference, gay bears, bad witches, and “Norwegian-ness.” I wonder what your thoughts are on that? With France – It is clear they have a very special song with “Voilà”; this would have been the case no matter how they had organised the competition. Personally I didn’t feel there were as many “tokens” as with Norway. The only thing perhaps for me to question would… Read more »

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Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

MGP has a different format and they’ve been clear that they have – in their expert opinion – five potential winners of the whole thing in 2021. MGP has been going on for decades and just like Mello they have a wide range of music for all audiences. It’s their MGP and the winner goes to Eurovision. Totally different format. That some songs are much better than others in MGP – yes of course. Same as with Mello. These two shows are *tradition* spanning for decades. They are made for the enjoyment of public and giving out a platform for… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Indeed. I question, however, that in MGP Heat 3 2021, I could see the stereotype “tokens” used for all four competitors, potentially. Is that also due to the historic culture of the show?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The “producers” and “executives” know why they organize the entries the way they do.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Tantalising. Thank you. 🙂

Nate
Nate
1 month ago

Well good luck France, I think you’re gonna need it

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Nate

Oddly backhanded compliment for the current favorite to win

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Oddly earnest reply to an obviously sarcastic comment

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Anita
Anita
1 month ago

I love this energy, intensity, expression of emotion in every sung silibale. An artist does not just sing notes with text…

Nobody
Nobody
1 month ago

My thoughts on the show (very long comment haha, I’m kinda new to this): – Andriamad was my favorite before the show, but the performance was such a letdown. The outfits did not go with the song at all and the vocals were not that strong. – Juliette was better live and I understand why she did so well. – Céphaz was not really on my radar but I was pleasantly surprised by his performance! He is so charismatic! – I did not like Amui at all before the show, but I lowkey loved their performance and I’m glad the… Read more »

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Nobody
Nobody
1 month ago
Reply to  Nobody

Okay, I just realized I forgot about Casanova, which says enough.. it was not really special to me, even though I really like that there was a Corsican song in the mix

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

Very curious about the reaction of the eurovision fans. Cause I haven’t forgot the reactions about Hooverphonic’s Release me. If some of you called that song “boring”, than what do you call this? This is a complete other level of how boring a song can be.

Sam
Sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

This is far more expressive and emotional than Release Me, perhaps partly due to the performer, and undoubtedly lands far more impact on the listener.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam

I do respect your opinion. I listened to Patricia Kaas entry of 2009 Et s’il fallait le faire, than this disappears into nothingness, even the song of 2015 was better than this, sorry…

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

This song has absolutely nothing to do with Release Me. Her energy on stage is electrifying and the quality of the song is miles away

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

I respect your opinion. I’m a big Hooverphonic fan, and even I didn’t liked the song, still don’t, actually. But a lot of people said that Release me was boring, so I wanted to know how the same people think about this. That’s all. Besides I forgot another great song. Tous les deux de Seemone. Wich I think is way better than Voilà, but that’s personal.

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

I didn’t like it that much previously but the performance is astonishing. It kind of reminds of Patricia Kaas’ “Et s’il fallait le faire” with a modern staging. It has the French identity. The staging is similar to Arcade’s one but that isn’t bad at all as I don’t think the general public remembers it and it has some more twists. It even looks Eurovision ready.

So while my fav was Poney X. I think France should be proud. They might get a place around the top 10-15.

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Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I am really wondering how did Philippine finished 8th or lower in televote? Isn’t she supposedly the most famous singer there? And isn’t the song supposedly popular on streaming services? Even if we count that many others have even stronger performances, the logic in almost any other NF would say that she’d still reach top five. There have been many popular singers with worse performances and weaker songs who got good scores for fame alone.

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Honestly, Philippine is not that well known in France. She made a duet that worked well with Gavin James, but as a singer, alone, she is not very identified. Because sorry to say it, but singers like Philippine, there are numerous in France. And I would say that overall this year all the contestants were about the same level of notoriety. There are one or two who made The voice, but this is the same, former contestants of The Voice … There are numerous.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  CyxCy

I based this opinion only on statements of some French people who said that she is the most famous singer at the time and that betting odds put her second next to Barbara.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

No, she’s not the most famous singer. If you ask random people in France, they will not know who she is. Her songs have been added to Spotify playlists which means higher number of streams but that doesn’t make her famous.

Her song was tipped as favourite because it was modern and catchy. However, the audience of France 2 is not very young, hence she probably missed the popular vote, just like Pony X did not win the televoting (they would have won it if the show had a higher demo in viewership).

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

You think that Pony X would win the televote with the younger audiences? For me, it sounds like a 90s club song. If modernity was the pre-requisite, I think that LMK would have it in a bag. Still, the jury had to save her, indicating that traditional / vintage / comeback sounds are now more appreciated in France. At least among the demographics who watched the show.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

Boring..

Atlas
1 month ago
Reply to  Stan

Hablas de ti?

RennyWest
RennyWest
1 month ago

Not my favourite at all – still, congratulations France and good luck in May.

Solo
Solo
1 month ago

Great, thank you France for this song, it’s in a crazy world like a sip of fresh air.

Domas
Domas
1 month ago

The song is fine. Do not see it doing very well though…

Piet
Piet
1 month ago

The classiest song won. Great voice and typically French. But this is not today’s music. Only LMK was in touch with today’s pop. I was sadly disappointed by the general level. Pony X and 21 juin le duo even made me cringe. Kiddie music. Okay for 8-12 year olds. Duncan Laurence, as an advocate of Music First, must have wondered what he was doing there. With his vote for LMK, he showed that there was at least one jury member who was not out of touch with today’s musical reality.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Piet

Why does it need to be ‘today’s music’ though? Timeless music exists. (Amar Pelos dois) The total package won. Great timeless song with phenomenal staging. It was the act that stands the most chance to give France a good end result in May.

Piet
Piet
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

In order to stay relevant, ESC should go along with the times. We don’t want ESC’s popularity restricted to old age homes and care centres, do we? That being said, I think Barbara was classy, the song was quintessentially French and her voice is great. I only think – as Duncan said – that for Eurovision’s sake, LMK would have been a better choice, as it is more appealing to young listeners and more representative of today’s pop.

Pandaman
Pandaman
1 month ago
Reply to  Piet

But why exactly is Eurovision supposed to be a pop contest? It’s not an event for young listeners, it’s for everyone, and everyone, regardless of their age and taste in genres, can vote. Neither 2016 nor 2017 saw a “modern” song win, there’s much more to music than just production. Eurovision would be extremely boring if every single song sent there was a perfectly slick, pop song, and in the end, it’s supposedly all about inclusivity and showcasing themes rooted in various cultures.

The “times” don’t constitute what music stays relevant, it’s the people, and here people voted for “Voila”.

Atlas
1 month ago
Reply to  Piet

Inmadurez?

Bear
Bear
1 month ago
Reply to  Piet

A song which is contemporary doesn’t guarantee succes at all. You can perfectly stand out and do well with a timeless quality and meaningful song such as Voila, in a sea of modern/contemporary (possibly generic) 2021 chart-friendly pop songs…it’s about the message and the full package, not whether it fits in the radio charts.

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Nicky
Nicky
1 month ago

Pony X wuz robbed, such a iconic act <3

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
1 month ago

I stopped watching the show after she performed… I mean it is a gorgeous song but damn, the way juries dramatically hyped it before the rest had even presented their songs? Crying even and saying she was the winner? The way the staging was the only one with a bit of effort, screaming “National Final Performance”? I found it slightly unfair. I don’t even know why they did the entire show thing if they already knew who was going to win…

Anyway, good luck France.

Janek
Janek
1 month ago

It wasn’t 50/50 system to be honest. There was a clear favouring to the jury votes. Giving televoting points according to rank not to the real public results (as a percentage of votes) is so wrong. There was hardly no way to pass the leader even if you won televoting with a huge margin (because you will receive only 100 points). I hope everyone understands what I’m talking about but if not you can check the Destination Eurovision system which in fact was 50/50. Have a good day!

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
1 month ago
Reply to  Janek

Same thoughts, giving by that order the televote is very unfair.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Janek

The decision for the jury to rank the songs straight afterwards was also really bad. Practically everybody got a 6 other than Barbara who got a 9. It was a bit like they were saying to the viewers – everyone is trash other than Barbara so make sure you vote for her.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Yes

FanESC
FanESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Janek

It was THE thing to improve from DE and they did it, and I’m happy with it. It will allow to avoid some situations à la Bilal. France 2’s audience is old and don’t know how to vote, we already knew that but we got the ultimate proof yesterday. Modern and upbeat songs never get lots of votes : Philippine, Terence, Andriamad, Nassi, Emmy Liyana, Aysat, Lautner. The system of giving more weight to the juries is perfect. I’d even switch one or two french juries for international ones if we get a 2022 edition. Because in the current situation,… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  FanESC

Barbara is hardly urban and modern though is she? Indeed I would say she will be incredibly popular with an older, rather than younger, audience. This is my big worry with juries, you end up with the “worthy” winner – that the general public don’t really like.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kosey
Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Janek

I agree that this is unfair, even if yesterday it didn’t change anything because both juries and televote agreed. But I have to say that France 2´s voters have really weird taste, and if it weren’t for the juries, the modern songs would have all been out… so I have mixed feelings about it.

Spaghetti
Spaghetti
1 month ago

Just boring. Bottom 5, congrats France !

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

Great song and performance. I usually like France and this year they went for a classic chanson. It was a long time ago. Tres bien!

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Classy, but I find it boring at the same time.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

I was ready not to enjoy this at the beginning – but I couldn’t help myself!

Tuvia
Tuvia
1 month ago

As opposed to 2020 this actually feels French and not Disney… more similar to Switzerlands very French song last year.
I’m also gettin eurovision 60s vibes… in a good way. This is the type of songs that made France the eurovision champion with 3 wins in 5 years back in the days, and French was the language that almost half of the countries sang in (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Monaco were pretty much half of all the songs).
The question is if a good quality french chanson stands a chance also in todays eurovision. Remains to be seen.

Nicky
Nicky
1 month ago
Reply to  Tuvia

Gjon’s got better vocals than her by far, also find him a much more talented singer-songwriter

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicky

Different strokes.

Una
Una
1 month ago

AMUI last with the jury and making sixth with the help of the televote? Vive the televote but the “jury”? Really? Was the message of “Maeva” lost on them? It does not look good in any way. Especially considering that the first seven advanced based on televote points.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I’m sorry but Maeva, from a musician’s standpoint, isn’t that good. It’s happy, but simplistic, repetitive, and unimaginative.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Pop music is about emotion not about complexity.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Um…that’s entirely an opinion and not a fact. Pop music is and can be about a multitude of things. So don’t tell me what music is or isn’t, thanks.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Also don’t tell me from a “musician’s perspective”, thanks.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Funny how that comment was not even directed to you. And frankly, there’s a difference between saying something from a musical standpoint (I said standpoint, not perspective, just by the way) and outright telling me what the entirety of pop music is. Sit down.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

No need to be rude. I was responding to the level of snobbishness and condescension in your post. Who are you to define what a musician’s standpoint is? Remind me how popular your music is again? Maybe you should sit down as well?

Last edited 1 month ago by Kosey
Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

‘No need to be rude’ then you insult my music. How dare you. And need I remind you, you started this dialogue immediately with rudeness by completely asserting that my opinion was wrong. You didn’t even say “I disagree, I believe that pop music is about emotion not complexity”, you just stated it as if it were a fact. The hypocrisy is insane.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ashton Schier
Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Nope. Check the thread again. You started it in response to Una’s very reasonable view that the treatment of Amui’s song was not right by the jury last night and then you waded in from a lofty, “I am a musician so I know best” viewpoint and said it isn’t very good, saying it was “unimaginative”. Whether you intended to or not (and I apologize if you meant it to be only your opinion) you gave the impression that from a musician’s standpoint the song isn’t good, therefore inferring all musician’s would feel this way – if you didn’t think… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Look, I don’t want to fall out. It is just that Amui was my favourite last night, indeed possibly my favourite of every song so far this year, so to see you say it was simplistic, repetitive and unimaginative was quite hurtful, so I apologize if I hurt your feelings through my reaction. Also, I used to be in a punk band and so I have heard the criticism about “simple” music many times before, so I have a particular aversion to it.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Would you like to point out where I said ‘I am a musician so I know best’? I simply stated that, as a musician, I believe that I can look at a song with more critical knowledge about the way it was made. It’s simply a fact that unless you too are a musician, that I would be able to understand a bit more about production, melodic cliches, and song structure than you would. This does not in any way suggest that my opinion is more important than yours, but only that I have some more knowledge in that particular… Read more »

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Also, in no way am I invalidating the opinions of those who feel that Maeva is a great song. They are entitled to that. I was literally stating facts: in a melodic sense, the song is unimaginative. The song is repetitive, that’s not even an opinion, you can clearly hear it. And it is simplistic in the sense that it follows a generic structure and has very simple melodies underlined by a very simple chord progression. Does this make it bad? Not at all. To me, it does, but another listener may find all of these qualities to be wonderful.… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

It is not that it made me feel small, it is that it made me think you are an idiot. I am sure you didn’t mean to give that impression. It is an objective fact that the jury’s results do not look good in the context of the televote. Nobody can be happy with that, even if you were Andrew Lloyd Webber (which you aren’t) as he understands that music is nothing without the ears of the listener.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Are you serious? I was actually about to apologise for making you upset and open up a friendlier discussion, but then you had to go ahead and say that. So according to you, I am an idiot with unsuccessful music. You really have the audacity, huh. I am incredibly offended and frankly I’m really hurt, so I am stopping this dialogue right here. You have been hypocritical in every single comment you have made. You have been dismissive in every single comment you have made. I am actually done.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Guys, just both take a step back — or get married!

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

As I said in my comment, I have stopped our dialogue and will not be responding should they respond to my last comment.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Good idea! Don’t spend any time worrying about it, Ashton.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

We are both winding each other up, so yes I agree it is right to end this dialogue. I genuinely don’t want to fall out with you, I value your contributions on this website and I am genuinely sorry if my words have caused you hurt. They were caused by own hurt, but that is still not an excuse so I hope we can move on in a positive way and enjoys lots more interaction over the coming Eurovision season!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

FWIW, you’re both clearly passionate Eurovision fans and more similar in the way you engage each other than you both seem to think. It’s not the first or second time you two have fiery back-and-forths here, hence my comment to take a step back or get a room/married! Don’t spend any more time worrying about it.

All’s well that ends well 🙂

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Agreed.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Yes, I didn’t like the way they treated Amui. Music should always be for the people, not 10 people who think they know better than the public.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Even so, the jury were very transparent. They even used see-through plastic dividers! 😛
I also happen to be an idiot who has written lots of unsuccessful music, haha. Amui were my 5th favourites last night. “Maeva” was a lot of fun and got me dancing, so it wasn’t all just about the music. 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Purple Mask
CyxCy
CyxCy
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

In a way, it reminds me of the 1983’s French selection. It was Guy Bonnet who won and went to represent France with “Vivre”, a great “typically French” song (and will finish 8 in Munich). But during the French selection, the audience had voted enormously for La Compagnie Creole with “Vive le douanier Rousseau”. That didn’t stop this song from working outside Eurovision, and la Compagnie Créole even sang in front of Obama.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Juries are not supposed to completely agree with the televote – if they did, it would defeat the whole purpose of their existence. They are there to reward quality, not popularity.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

You’re right Jonas, I am not saying they should agree completely since otherwise there literally would be no point. But if the jury vote is so different to the televote, then that is a problem. My understanding is that juries were brought in to stop joke acts. There were no joke acts last night.

Friedenau
Friedenau
1 month ago

It’s very classy and very French, which is always a plus. But I don’t see a winner here yet, as may eurofans are claiming already. I guess we are all hungry for new eurovision songs, but it’s just the third entry. Too soon to claim victory.

T.J.
T.J.
1 month ago

I think „classical musician“ does not reflect well who Andre Manoukian is…

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Also, I’m too tired to look up the original comment, but yes, Duncan sang “Arcade” right at the start of the show with a bunch of the contestants.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Someone had asked why Duncan would be brought in just to judge and not to perform! I’m answering that he did! Why the downvotes?

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago

meanwhile in my dreamworld: she wins ESC2021!

Okt
Okt
1 month ago

DON’T BREAK ME

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Good song, culturally feels very French. Not a winner but should be an easy top 10.

If I may though, I find it hard to connect with the lyrics (and I speak French)… She literally sings about nothing. Basically she introduces herself in a self deprecating way for 3 minutes. Not a big deal but this makes the song feels a bit overly dramatic for no reason, and makes it a bit tough to relate. But as I said, still a pleasant song.

Oeystein Johan Gautvik Loewer
Oeystein Johan Gautvik Loewer
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

Being a French speaker myself, I feel a little bit like you. But surrounded by non french speakers… they think it’s beautiful and melodic just because it’s french. So on the ESC stage it doesn’t really matter. And besides, it will always be far more “intelligent” than randomly written English bla bla like “can’t you see my love for you is…”

Bonne chance! On peut y croire cette fois!

Bonne journée 🙂