Eurovision France 2021

Tonight France will decide its act for Rotterdam with the new national final Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez!. Twelve acts will compete, but who should win? The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has ranked their top five favourite songs. Read on to see which entries the jury liked!

Jordi

1. Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”

This song touches as it speaks. Pravi’s exquisiteness and expressiveness merge in its greatest way to deliver a song that succeeds in gripping one’s attention since its very first beat. With a delicate yet beautiful melody, “Voilà” unfolds poetically and uninhibitedly, growing as it flows until crying in an explosion of emotions and swells. Many ballads always feature on Eurovision, but the one Pravi delivers in this selection has its authenticity and most special elements of all: the artist personality and the country essence. With so much minimalism, as only she features her voice and character, I cannot wait to see how many more wonders Barbara Pravi could bring in Eurovision 2021.

2. Céphaz – “On a mangé le soleil”
3. LMK – “Magique”
4. Andriamad – “Alléluia”
5. Casanova – “Tutti”

Deban

1. Andriamad – “Alléluia”

Deeply divisive politics have negatively influenced how we think and feel especially in recent years. Despite the tough competition here, “Alléluia” narrowly stands out for unashamedly plugging positive messages of hope and unity. The confluence of sounds and the artists’ backgrounds sprinkle some extra magic on this track. I’d be happy for any of the top five to win the show, but Andriamad are probably most deserving.

2. Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”
3. Terence James – “Je t’emmènerai danser”
4. Céphaz – “On a mangé le soleil”
5. Amui – “Maeva”

Lauren

1. Andriamad – “Alléluia”

This is a decent national final! “Alléluia” stands out as quite comfortably the best one, but I’d be happy with as many as five or six of the songs taking it. “Alléluia” is catchy, vocally spot-on, and lyrically meaningful, but there’s one thing that it is over everything else – Eurovision. If I turn on my TV and find out Eurovision is on, this is exactly what I expect to see! (Of course, that would never happen because I know when Eurovision is on, but still.) I’ve truly been craving some quality upbeat pop from France in recent years.

2. Philippine – “Bah non”
3. Amui – “Maeva”
4. PONY X – “Amour fou”
5. Céphaz – “On a mangé le soleil”

Luis

1. Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”

Yes, it’s formulaic. Yes, it’s a jury pleaser with no risk whatsoever. But it’s totally effective. When an act masters the basics of a genre like Barbara does, the result is often irresistible. “Voilà” sways your ears in a sweet but portentous lullaby and then traps you inside the instrumental mayhem of the last minute. This song leaves a trace, and it should be more than enough for France to come back to the top ten.

2. Philippine – “Bah non”
3. PONY X – “Amour fou”
4. Andriamad – “Alléluia”
5. LMK – “Magique”

Oliver

1. Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”

Barbara Pravi signals a return to French excellence with this masterpiece track. “Voilá” is meticulously crafted, with all parts working together in harmony to immerse the listener. Pravi spins a chilling yet enchanting tale of desperation and melancholy. And although the instrumentation is simple, it is an extremely effective backdrop for Pravi’s magical vocal. Right through the final descent into madness during the coda, “Voilà” grips you so you can’t look away. It’s an obvious contender for the French ticket. The real question is, how will it hold up at Eurovision 2021? With the right staging, France could be on to a winner. Expect a top ten finish in Rotterdam.

2. Philippine – “Bah non”
3. Céphaz – “On a mangé le soleil”
4. Amui – “Maeva”
5. PONY X – “Amour fou”

Pablo

1. Terence James – “Je t’emmènerai danser”

France, what have you done?! Deciding has never been harder, and almost all of these entries would be an incredible addition to the 2021 lineup, félicitations. While I got a reason to think some are better than others in specific aspects, “Je t’emmènerai danser” is the song closest to what I would listen to normally. Every second is used to its maximum extent, and I’m left wanting more. Chorus may be one line, but the strong, distinct instrumentals keep it from plateauing. Winner or not, Terence has one of the strongest national final entries of the year.

2. Andriamad – “Alléluia”
3. PONY X – “Amour fou”
4. Philippine – “Bah non”
5. Casanova – “Tutti”

Renske

1. Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”

French chanson has a lot of stereotypes and it is very hard to add something special to a world-famous genre. Barbara Pravi manages to do add that something new to it as she delivers a message of becoming. “Voilà” manages to lift an old genre to a modern age without it sounding like a copy or a parody of what’s already out there. It’s like Jacques Brel was reborn in a young Parisian woman of part Serbian descent.

2. Philippine – “Bah non”
3. Céphaz – “On a mangé le soleil”
4. PONY X – “Amour fou”
5. Amui – “Maeva”

Robyn

1. PONY X – “Amour fou”

Look, I’m not sure if this is going to work live, but at least in the studio version, “Amour four” is dope. PONY X take full advantage of the new Eurovision rules and make use of samples to good effect. The song plays homage to the “pony” dance of the 1960s, creating a modern electro-soul song packed full of irresistibly catchy hooks. All that’s left is to see if France will be enamoured by this lovely horse.

2. Amui – “Maeva”
3. Philippine – “Bah non”
4. Terence James – “Je t’emmènerai danser”
5. Ali – “Paris me dit (Yalla ya helo!)”

What do you think? What is your favourite from the French national final? Who should represent France in Rotterdam? Have your say below!

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Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

interesting how those who don’t have wallah as their #1 or #2, don’t have it at all in their top five ! i can relate tho, you either love or despise that style. i’m with the latter.

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
3 months ago

My official prediction for C’est Vous Qui Décidez 2021: PUBLIC VOTE WINNERS (Random Order) “Amour Fou” – Pony X “Je T’emmènerai Danser” – Terence James “Bah Non” – Philippine “Voilà” – Barbara Pravi “Alléluia” – Andriamad “Peux-Tu Me Dire ?” – 21 Juin Le Duo “Magique” – LMK EUROTICKET: “On A Mangé Le Soleil” – Céphaz ULTIMATE VOTE Jury 1. Barbara Pravi 78 2. Philippine 72 3. Céphaz 62 4. Andriamad 52 5. Pony X 50 6. Terence James 48 7. LMK 38 8. 21 Juin Le Duo 18 Televote 1. Philippine 89 2. Pony X 74 3. Barbara Pravi… Read more »

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake Dallas

That awkward moment when your winner got eliminated in the first round and three of the songs you said wouldn’t qualify, qualified.

Una
Una
3 months ago

Salut AMUI !! Votre chanson « Maeva » me rend très heureuse ! Merci et bonne chance ! « Maeva » est ma chanson favorite de la soirée Eurovision d’aujourd’hui : les sélections France, Norvège et Lituanie ! Je vais chanter et danser avec vous !

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Just saying that “Maeva” makes me happy and that it is my favourite Eurovision song of today. And that I am going to sing and dance along AMUI. Many thanks to AMUI and good luck!!

CyxCy
CyxCy
3 months ago

I think it’s Robyn’s ranking that has the closest vision to what’s going to top the votes on the first show.
For my part, AMUI and PONY X remain my favorites. First or second I don’t know, but in any case I’m sure we will find them on the second show.

(I’m French but I make it clear that I don’t claim to have the same choices as all French people.)

Film
Film
3 months ago

Im excited to see Philippine – “Bah non” performance.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

I would love to see AMUI with Maeva on the ESC stage, the broadcaster has the resources to contribute towards a never-has-been-seen before and never-to-forget performance. “On a mange le soleil” has an enticing song title, the performer has a wonderful and compelling voice, its topic is timely and has a global appeal. I’m rooting for AMUI et Céphaz. 

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

I want to express my admiration to France to giving us perhaps the most diverse NF of the year. We have artists of various different backgrounds performing various different styles in four different languages. The best part is that I feel that all of these songs are coming from a good place. No matter how complex or simple the message is, it’s a positive one. My favorites are Barbara and Cephaz, but I think there’s about an 8 songs which would likely take over as my 1st so far. Andriamad and Philippine are also ones which clicked on me well… Read more »

Navi
Navi
3 months ago

I’m very surprised seeing Maeva in many top 5. I didn’t know that this song was so appreciated. For me, is a bottom in the final, sorry 🙁

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  Navi

For me too…. It will not reach the final with eight songs.

dfafa
dfafa
29 days ago
Reply to  Mr X

What’s that you said?

Friedenau
Friedenau
3 months ago

Alléluia is my favourite. Such a cool song.

Mikey
Mikey
3 months ago

Barbara Pravi is one of the best eurovision songs in a while. I cant stop listening to her its just magical

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

I absolutely agree with you

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

Top 5 for me: 1. Amui – such a happy and inspiring tune, I am transported into their world and I want to stay there and dance with them. 2. 21 Juin le duo – such a light, positive tune, I love the connection between the two singers 3. LMK – Magique – I love the couldn’t care less attitude, the confidence and the energy 4. Terence James – the biggest grower on me – this has great dance vibes – take me to the club now! 5. Andriamad – another song soaked in positivity and celebrating togetherness – I… Read more »

Jeff USA
Jeff USA
3 months ago

According to the rankings here are the combined scores

1. Barbara Pravi – Voilà 24
2. Philippine – Bah Non 21
3. Andriamad – Alléluia 18
4. Poney X – Amour Fou 16
5. Cephaz – On A Mangé Le Soleil 13
6. Amui – Maeva 11
7. Terence James – Je T’Emmènerai Danser 10
8. LMK – Magique 4
9. Casanova – Tutti 2
10. Ali – Paris Me Dit 1

Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime 0
21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-Tu Me Dire? 0

Jeff USA
Jeff USA
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff USA

Although Philippine and Poney X didn’t get the most points they both appeared the most in the wiwi jury with 6 appearances.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jeff USA
CEs
CEs
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff USA

And that happens because people usually hate on the fan favourite and they would go for anything but that song.

Someone
3 months ago

Voilà is overrated ! Sorry but it’s my opinion.

Last edited 3 months ago by Someone
alonso
alonso
3 months ago

my favorite song is Alléluia. I sincerely hope that fans who are calling for peace and equality of human rights will vote for this beautiful song.
most importantly, voting WILL NOT be geographically restricted to France. Viewers will be able to cast their vote by sending an SMS during the show’s 10 minute voting window. so everyone, please vote for your favorite.

Last edited 3 months ago by alonso
alonso
alonso
3 months ago

ATTENTION! Voting will not be geographically restricted to France!!!

Last edited 3 months ago by alonso
Teddie
Teddie
3 months ago

Are you being serious with all this “Voila” hype? The song is dull and bleak as hell 🙁

Euro fans
Euro fans
3 months ago
Reply to  Teddie

Thought i’m the only one who thinks voila is overrated:(

Yudhistira Mahasena
3 months ago
Reply to  Teddie

Hey! As someone who wants to learn French, I’m completely disagree with your opinion. The French language is the most beautiful Romance language for me to hear, and the musical composition is so typical French. It makes me upset when you think “Voila” is a dull song.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
3 months ago

I’ve been studiying french for the last 9 years, and I can assure that it is the most beautiful romance language, despite I speak 3 of them

Thanos
Thanos
3 months ago

My personal favourite in this selection is Cephaz. I know that he is probably not going to win, but if he does finally win I will be ecstatic. Looking forward to the final this evening!