Junior Eurovision 2021 is getting very real and very close. The latest evidence? The host country France has revealed its artist for the grande fête.
At just 13 years of age, Henzo Hilaire will have the challenging task of succeeding Valentina — France’s most recent contestant who won it all. Already known by the French audience for his participation on The Voice Kids, the young singer will represent his country with the song “Tic Tac”.
Enzo is a real citizen of the world who has already traveled to the four corners of the planet and speaks several languages. Born in the Paris region, his family moved to Macao when he was 6 months old for his father’s job as an airline pilot. They then moved to Hong Kong where Enzo grew up and developed his passion for singing and music. He’s known to be particularly fond of rap and R’n’B.
“At the age of 6, I was already singing and dancing in my living room,” he says.
The young artist with eclectic tastes ranging from Eminem’s rap to the French classics from Michel Berger and Céline Dion has also been playing guitar for several years. He fell in love with the instrument thanks to a gift from his older brother. After having taken singing lessons to perfect his technique, he gained a following through his Youtube channel. He records and edits the covers that he publishes online all by himself. Initially intended only for his family members, the videos quickly progressed from a few views to more than 60,000 for his freestyle rap videos. Collectively these videos brought him to the attention of producers of The Voice Kids.
Participation in The Voice Kids
In 2020, the French public discovered Enzo during his participation on The Voice Kids. Already headstrong, the young singer specified that he intended to make the coaches’ seats turn as he had specially made the trip from Asia. Two coaches finally turned around during his blind audition while he was performing “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. After winning a trio in the Battles, he made it to the final and floored the judges with his interpretation of “Undercover” by Pop Star Zara Larsson.
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“Tic Tac” – Junior Eurovision 2021
Enzo follows Eurovision closely with his family, so representing France is a real dream for him. His song “Tic Tac” charmed France Televisions, which had to choose wisely as they attempt to secure a second consecutive victory. Written and composed by Alban Lico, who has already collaborated with Valentina and Carla, among others, the catchy title is said to move between a Charleston sound and modern pop. Sometimes sung, sometimes chanted, “Tic-tac” is — producers say — like the hypnotic slogan of a generation that wants to live in its chosen rhythm in the pursuit of happiness.
“After our magnificent champion Valentina, it’s a boy who will carry the colors of France at the Junior Eurovision this year,” French HoD Alexandra Redde-Amiel says in a statement. “We are very happy to welcome Enzo in the big family of Eurovision. All the French delegation and France Télévisions will be at his side to accompany him in this extraordinary adventure which will also be marked by the organization of the event in France. With his song (…) Enzo embarks us in his world so catchy and lively to remind us that life is to savor every second.”
According to the delegation the song is “an invitation to take a break and enjoy the simple things away from our busy and hyper-connected lives”.
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