The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review France, who have chosen Alvan & Ahez with “Fulenn”.
Are we dancing along with the devil? Read on to find out!
Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn” (France Eurovision 2022)
Review: Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn”
Luis: Celtic heritage and revisiting folklore are very much on trend in 2022 apparently. France delivers a slickly produced ethno-techno track and is ready to avenge the result of their 1996 entry. That’s the only other time they entered a song in the Breton language, and it’s the one song in a minority language of France that didn’t do well. Alvan and Ahez are bound to do a great job in Turin: it is not only a great entry, but also the only song in this genre.
Renske: Besides the triviality that France will send a song in Breton, it’s hard to connect to “Fulenn”. Despite Go_A’s “SHUM” destroying the televote at last year’s contest, it’s difficult to see France do the same this year. Techno and folk do go together, as we saw with “SHUM”, but somehow, “Fulenn” remains slightly inaccessible. Nonetheless, it is still amazing that a more conservative French public chose this as their entry, especially because Alvan & Ahez sing in an endangered minority language which is not understood by most people in France.
Jonathan: France have really found their Eurovision mojo over the last two years. And it’s great they’ve been able to do so whilst selecting two very different types of entry. Folk and electronic music have often married well together (hey Go_A), so it’s exciting to see more countries take the opportunity to showcase their traditional heritage with a contemporary twist. “Fulenn” simmers in its verses and then the sparks catch ablaze with the post-chorus. The music here is rich with delights.
Deban: Techno-folk! This isn’t the easiest hybrid to enjoy. “Fulenn” is inspired by the legendary fairy tale of a woman that emancipated herself from societal norms by dancing around the forest bonfire. Perhaps in the 60s, this could’ve been topical. However in 2022, there are more important stories to tackle. Also, despite the welcome return of the Breton language, much of what is presented here lacks cohesion. However, Alvan remains the prominent silver lining (for me) — he’s breathtakingly beautiful.
Robyn: This is Breton but not as you’d expect it. Alvan and the vocal trio Ahez have taken the traditional language of the Brittany region and are serving it with attitude. “Fulenn” delivers dark, mysterious techno beats that perfectly match the drama of the lyrics. It’s utterly captivating, as they cast a spell with their Breton magic. And judging by the national final performance, Alvan & Ahez will be delivering something even bigger in Turin.
France Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.28/10
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