Juliette Moraine is one of the 12 participants in the French national final: Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez. This ambitious woman is best known to the French public for her participation in season 3 of The Voice and for playing in the musical “Romeo and Juliet”. But her dreams are even bigger than what she has already achieved and that is why she wants to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Juliette’s Eurovision journey started unexpectedly: “I must admit that when I sent my song to Eurovision I wasn’t expecting to be selected at all. I wanted above all to see if the song was worth something. So when France Télévision called me to tell me that I was selected, I began to realize what it meant to sing on one of the biggest stages in the world, in my own words, representing my country, I could only say a big yes to this adventure!”
Juliette has been passionate about music since she was a kid.
“I’ve been singing since I was little without ever believing that it was possible to make a career and a life out of it – and yet here I am, haha!’’ After graduating high school in the USA, she went to a musical theatre school in Paris, where she was lucky enough to land her first lead role at 22.”
“This experience taught me that I can handle stress and pressure like no other and that I am legitimate to do this job. However, at that time I also tried to write an album but in my head, I felt like I was too young and didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do at that time. Then ‘Romeo and Juliet’ came along, I’m 25 years old, I play the role of a woman, of a mother while I fight with my side as a woman and child in real life. This show made me grow up and live fabulous experiences in the world.”
All these experiences have led Juliette to where she is today. “I had to go through all of this to have things to say and for my album to be born… so that Pourvu qu’on m’aime could be born.”
“Pourvu qu’on m’aime” is a song about growth
“Pourvu qu’on m’aime” is a song about a woman’s journey from childhood to adulthood, and the insecurities that plague her. “It’s completely autobiographical. Each verse is a moment in my life. A memory engraved in my mind. It took me a long time to put my finger on what ‘my problem’ was. This need to fill a void and the look of others, their validation. As if they had the power to make me happy. And as strange as it may seem, I feel a clear difference in my behaviour since I wrote the song. The first time I sang it I cried like a madeleine. And then it calmed down and so did I! I know I still have a long way to go but I am very glad I no longer have this almost visceral need for validation and love of the other – which is great when you’re about to be judged on the biggest song contest in the world, haha!’’
With her song “Pourvu qu’on m’aime”, Juliette is grateful that she can spread a message from the stage. “I realize from the messages I receive that the song speaks to a lot of people. And if I can become the spokesperson of love for oneself then I will happily be honor and pride.”
Juliette Moraine at Eurovision France
The lyrics of the song are poetic. Juliette expects that, despite the song being completely French, she can convey this message to the European Eurovision audience. “Music is above all vibrations, energies…in my stage experience with ‘Romeo and Juliet’, we sing in French for foreign audiences, so I had the opportunity to see the reaction of people to a song that touches them deeply even if I feel ‘word for word’ escapes them”.
“Moreover, I seem to remember that we had the perfect example not so long ago at the contest: I don’t think that many people needed to understand the words of Salvador Sobral’s song to be touched.
“So I trust the music, the sensitivity of the people and I’m going to take care to embody every word on stage to bring everyone into my story.”
Tonight is the grand finale of Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez. In recent weeks, Juliette has lived for this moment, and she has a clear idea of what everything will look like tonight. “I chose to stay in something simple in the staging. Simple and pure because it’s a song about an injury…about a void…about a lack, so I wanted during this performance to be ‘enough’. Just my beautiful light and my words. If I will represent France at Eurovision, I will stay on this same line, even if I confess I would have loved to arrive on the back of a giant unicorn … but it will be for a next life!”
Juliette is looking forward to the future and she is preparing all kinds of things for all her new fans. Her album Up to You will be released in 2021. “It will talk about everything I care about in life, about everything that revolts me or touches me!”