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If you can’t bring the Eiffel Tower to Liverpool, then La Zarra is your next best bet. During her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2023, the “Évidemment” singer seemed to stand as tall as the famous monument and she shined just as bright amid a dazzling light display. The bookies were paying attention. They’ve now got France’s Eurovision singer as the third-favourite to win it all next weekend (behind only Loreen from Sweden and Käärijä from Finland). 

Eurovision 2023 odds: France third favourite to win after first rehearsal

 

 

 
 
 
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Canadian-born La Zarra has seen her odds slashed dramatically 12/1. That’s catapulted her past Ukraine, Spain and Norway, who have been holding steady. 

In recent weeks there have been a lot of unanswered questions about the rising star, following her last-minute exit from both Eurovision in Concert and the London Eurovision Party. But she erased concerns with her Thursday rehearsal, which saw her rising toward the rafters on a plinth. She stands in place throughout, and the fabric of her dress just keeps unfurling, giving the effect of a monument smack in the middle of the M&S Bank Arena. When it comes off, revealing still more lights, she takes on the air of a U.F.O — and one flying to the top of the oddstable.

Sweden’s Loreen remains the heavy favourite with her odds at 1/1. Curiously, she’s in the red — suggesting bookies are widening her odds. But Käärijä, who sits in second at 12/5, is in blue — suggesting that his chances to win are increasing.

Were you impressed with La Zarra? Do you think she can upend the favourites and walk away with the trophy? Let us know down below…

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Ilmkat
Ilmkat
1 year ago

For me, the winner should be fresh and bring something new, out of the box to the competition. It’s Spain , Finland and France. Any of these would make a fabulous winner!
The competition between strong female artists this year is interesting!

Milan
Milan
1 year ago

I’d prefer a remarkable song win this contest – France is good, very good indeed, but formulaic just as Sweden. I’d love to see Spain taking it this year.

Amis
Amis
1 year ago

Please try to understand that in France betting on Eurovision or anything else other than sports is actually against the law. I see too many comments stating that the reason she rose up in placement was because of the French betting on her. It’s not only ridiculous it’s impossible.

Bejba kinda krejza
Bejba kinda krejza
1 year ago

Bejba has a plan to troll all the bookies favorites.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago

I am not shocked. The playbook from Barbara Pravi (2nd in 2021) is working well for France. La Zarra is my #6 this year, even (if barely) ahead of Loreen.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago

Getting drunk and commenting on Eurovision related websites and forums is a really good substitute for drugs.

sam
sam
1 year ago

this may be an unpopular opinion but i so much prefer la zarra to barbara pravi, la zarra is french excellence without even being truly french. a world class entry made even better by great staging.
she joins finland, spain, and sweden as the four countries i can realistically see taking it home this year

sam
sam
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

but my gut says sweden wont win. finland, spain, and france all bring something unique and whose victory would contribute more to the spirit of eurovision than crowning the fan favorite previous winner who has a predictable pop number, something we get from sweden regularly

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

You won’t get an argument from me. She is using the same playbook; stand and deliver, and deliver extraordinarily.

I haven’t seen any rehearsal footage; but based on what they sent to the EBU (songs and videos), I got SPA, FIN, POR, ITA and AUT as my top 5. FRA and SWE are next.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

Without even being truly French???? O my god.

sam
sam
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

she is french-canadian, i didn’t mean anything offensive. she’s doing it better than anyone from france proper can

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

France proper? And i thought i was drunk …

sam
sam
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

who tied your undies into a knot? must there be a problem with everything?

Doggy Bark
Doggy Bark
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Australian band deliver excellent English without even being British.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago

Eurofans are weird .. you have seen just 4 pics and 30 seconds what is so amazing about a woman standing on top of a pillar for 3 minutes?Dont get me Wrong she and her song are amazing but I think you need to be patient and wait until you have more reasons to wet your pants.
Downvote me bitches for telling the truth.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

For my un-fans, open your mouths i have a present 4 u.

Roro31
Roro31
1 year ago

I know I’m going to be hated here but too bad. As a Frenchman, I think his performance is arrogant, pretentious and the lyrics of “la grande france” are a bit too much, I think! The high long dress makes me think of someone who looks down on people and therefore wants to dominate, I can’t really stand that because everyone has their own strengths. I was expecting something simpler and more intimate like Barbara Pravi (but there with a disco beat). You shouldn’t necessarily trust bookmakers, people who like etc because I remember that last year, the French were… Read more »

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
1 year ago
Reply to  Roro31

I think something simpler and more intimate worked well with Barbara Pravi, but I’m not sure it would fit with a disco middle/up tempo like Évidemment. France tried something simpler (almost boring) with Mercy, and we know the result, so as a french fan too, I’m more confident with this more ostntatious staging for this specific song.

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 year ago
Reply to  Roro31

And as a Frenchwoman, I absolutely disagree. A long dress is absolutely not a symbol of domination, because otherwise what should we say about Jamala’s dress in 2016 for a song where she denounced what the Tatars suffered? The tower it’s not a symbol of domination too. It’s trying to reach the sky, offering your voice. “On a beau être sur le toit du monde, on ne peut toucher le ciel du doigt. » It’s a classic for vocal singers on tour, so check out Sarah Brightman’s videos in Las Vegas in 2004. It is also a classic to wear the… Read more »

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 year ago
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CyxCy
CyxCy
1 year ago
Reply to  CyxCy

Juliette Armanet at “Les victoires de la musique 2023”
Juliette Armanet – Flamme (Live Victoires 2023) – YouTube

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1 year ago
Reply to  Roro31

Are you going to repeat the same thing everywhere? You’re simply ridiculous.

Jonny
Jonny
1 year ago

Looks like this boring German guy performing on a rock.

Roro31
Roro31
1 year ago

I’m french but I don’t like AT all the song. But good Luck !
I prefer Spain, Finland, Austria, Sweden & Israël !
I will be very disappointed if France is above these countries in the final…

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1 year ago
Reply to  Roro31

Heal your issue man

Toni959
Toni959
1 year ago

Sería muy feliz si ganase Finlandia, Francia o España… Cualquiera de los tres

Devito
Devito
1 year ago

She has remained one of my favourites this year since the song was released. But I guess it makes sense, as I’m on the fence about so-called quality music. I can appreciate Finnish and Austrian creativity, but I’ll always root for France, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, and Estonia, just slightly more for ballad power. Sweden, Austria, and the UK would have received my points in 2012, but my taste drifted from that music years ago. Wishing for the 2023 winner to be a slow song. The last time we got a somewhat ballad was from the Netherlands in 2019, but the… Read more »

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
1 year ago
Reply to  Devito

A ballad will win soon but I think 2023 isn’t really the year for that. Very few ballads in the field and only Italy has sneaked among the top 10.

Noam600
Noam600
1 year ago

BTW she jumps in the odds only because a lot of French people bet on her..
It is the same case with Sweden and Finland as well.

sam
sam
1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

blah blah blah, you’re just mad it isn’t noa kirel. and if it was her at #3 in the odds, you wouldn’t be saying it was because of israelis betting on her now would you?

Noam600
Noam600
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

I’m not mad, no one has heard Noa sing Unicorn live yet, so obviously she doesn’t rise in the odds. We will wait for the full rehearsal next Monday and then the journalists will also be exposed to the performance and if it is good they will rate it high and then gamblers will feel confident to bet on Israel.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

The journalists decide now?

Amis
Amis
1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

In France we are NOT, I repeat NOT, allowed to bet on events other than sports games. SO YOU ARE DEAD WRONG.

Noam600
Noam600
1 year ago

I have a problem with this song. The beginning is amazing and then suddenly there is the “disco” part.. I don’t like it, I prefer the acoustic version. She’s really beautiful, but I didn’t like the dress, it really doesn’t flatter her, it’s a shame they don’t recreate the staging of the official music video. In the case of this song, less is more.

Noam600
Noam600
1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

I would be really happy if she performed with the acoustic version and got rid of this horrible staging and this horrible dress.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

Lol, well your Noa performs in underwear it’s not better.

Poul Rissen
Poul Rissen
1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

I totally agree with you that the disco part puts me off. She is great and sweet and gorgeous, the intro of the song is captivating BUT when it turns to disco, I want to skip it.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Poul Rissen

The song is more successful pre contest than Voilà for this reason, the beat.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Noam600

It’s a shame Noa doesn’t crawl on the ceiling like in her MV.

Gus Gran Canaria
Gus Gran Canaria
1 year ago

TROP STILTED OVER THE TOP…

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

The song sucks!

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1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

Not much as you.

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

Thanks for that. A song and a person is really not the same thing. Really lame comment.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

With the Loreen stans and the Blanca stans we are served!

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago

I am a Blanca “Stan” what do you mean by being served?

Henry
Henry
1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

Milla is a bit jealous… aren’t you Milla?

Milla
Milla
1 year ago
Reply to  Henry

Of what? I don’t like the song, How does that make me jealous? The performance is nothing new either.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

Like for Loreen then, bye.

69sebastian
69sebastian
1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

Who?

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1 year ago

La Zarra receiving the love and consideration she deserved since long time and people who just can’t accept that trying to discredit her are just ridiculous.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago

Specially from you. I think that you LOVE and admire her for all of US. She IS good and you are deranged.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Coming from a spanish eurofan alcoholic it’s laughable.

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1 year ago

Let’s go we were in peace before La Zarra proved she was a potential winner, now France is becoming a thread, like Sweden, so forcefully they try to discredit these countries and these singers by using ridiculous, vicious and fakes arguments….classical but it won’t work so use your energy for something else, Blanca needs you more.

Gus Gran Canaria
Gus Gran Canaria
1 year ago

Juries will not rate well watching La Zarra singing so *over the top* on a faking Liverty statue along with a the French flag to tip all away… TOO MUCH STILTON IN ONE GO evidenmenT!!!

Martin
Martin
1 year ago

I have feeling that this can go really high, maybe even win, dark horse

Vale
Vale
1 year ago

I have to be honest: La Zarra has a really good voice, but this diva attitude is not really helping to connect with the audience!

LaFattie
LaFattie
1 year ago
Reply to  Vale

Exactly, I think Israel will win this year like they did in 1998!

69sebastian
69sebastian
1 year ago
Reply to  LaFattie

And 1978

Damian
Damian
1 year ago

Cherry picking comments to call a fandom toxic as if the Eurovision fandom in general, from every country, didn’t have bad apples. You love to see these “opinions” lol

Bjorn
Bjorn
1 year ago

I think France came as the third favorite to win a couple of times recently, even before the rehearsal…so the title of this article is a bit misleading

69sebastian
69sebastian
1 year ago
Reply to  Bjorn

3rd in
Betting odds

Jorgio
Jorgio
1 year ago

Lagrimitas del Nilooooo

Fan eurovision
Fan eurovision
1 year ago

we talk about the Spanish eurofans who attack all the favorites loreen finland la zarra. they are saying anything about france to try to favor blanca. I don’t like their behavior at all, knowing who hasn’t seen anything about the performance

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 year ago
Reply to  Fan eurovision

Like I answered to someone earlier today:

1) Those kind of person are everywhere, in France too. I’ve seen enough of them.

2) Just don’t pay attention. If you do you give them credit and they will continue.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
1 year ago
Reply to  Fan eurovision

I am a Spanish Eurofan and i only think about Käärjä. They may be obnoxious but not a majority.

Doris
Doris
1 year ago

Just rename the contest to the staging contest. Has the song changed ?

Btzbtz
Btzbtz
1 year ago
Reply to  Doris

It got a revamp so yes it did actually

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
1 year ago
Reply to  Doris

Yes actually, please open up your ears 😉

WESSEL
WESSEL
1 year ago

Don’t care about Sweden (my favourite so far) and Finland (have never been taken with neither song, Kärjja nor staging) – France is the real deal! Fabulous! Good luck, la France!

pink bucket hat
pink bucket hat
1 year ago

France really loves france, the flag and the eiffel tower XD
it’s giving ‘i love belarus’

00xxbbl
00xxbbl
1 year ago

La France, La Zarra, La France, La Zarra, À CHANTER LA GRANDE FRANCE

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 year ago

Dear Fatima, hope to see you holding that trophy. Nothing would make me happier ESC-wise, apart from also seeing my two other favs (Craoatia and Moldoba) in the grand final.

grft
grft
1 year ago

It looks good sure, but it’s not groundbreaking is it? We’ve seen similar staging ideas in the past (Elina Nechayeva for instance) and it didn’t help them much.
I’m still convinced Loreen and Kaarija will be top2.
But France should be able to get a top5 finnish 🙂

Lorena
Lorena
1 year ago
Reply to  grft

I am with you.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Lorena

Lol this solidarity….

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1 year ago
Reply to  grft

It’s so easy…..Elina wasn’t at 5 meters, so who else then, give examples please ?
It didn’t help them much? Why? Who?

Anna
Anna
1 year ago

Australia: Gravity. Didn’t help them much either

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

Gravity Top 10 when she was so underestimated before the rehearsals ? It didn’t help ?

West
West
1 year ago

I’m honestly surprised that people like France staging so much – for me she’s just standing there. Though camera angles might elevate it quite a bit, we haven’t seen any.

69sebastian
69sebastian
1 year ago
Reply to  West

Where?

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago

Sweden 1st, Finland 2nd.

Nothing past that matters too much really.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
1 year ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

That would have been an iconic top 2 for Baku 2012, but for 2023 I’m not actually supporting either…

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

I meant odds wise not competition wise BTW.

Secotino
Secotino
1 year ago

It is totally logical. Well done to her. I can’t wait to have more pictures and videos. It promises great spectacle.

Gil
Gil
1 year ago

Her name is not la zara but fatima fahdi,
Its just a stage name. We didnt see any real camera shots yet so how it became 3rd i have no idea

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil

What does her name have to do with anything??

Gil
Gil
1 year ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

I just know her as fatima not as la zara…dont know when she started using this name. What there is not to like in that?
I dont have anything against muslims, calling her fatima is not an insult, its her real name

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil

The name she uses is La Zarra. I find it odd you bothered to mention it’s not her real name. Why shouldn’t we call her La Zarra if that’s the name she goes by in her career and in ESC specifically?

Also we can tell the stage is great even without the camera angles.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

It was a way to “out” her as Muslim. Sad.

Noé
Noé
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil

As you said, her stage name is La Zarra. That’s the one she uses, and the one she wants people to use. Just like Loreen. Or Cher or Madonna, for that matters.

We don’t care if her full name is Fatima Fahdi, you do. And you’re only pointing it out because you’re trying to bank on people’s racism, making YOU a racist.

Oh, and she was already up there before her rehearsal. She just went from 4th to 3rd because her staging seems promising and exciting. If you can’t understand that, then you’re racist AND dumb.

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil

Real name : Fatima-Zahra Hafdi.
Whats the point ?

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil

Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Doja Cat, Nicky Minaj, Tina Turner, France Gall, Lio, Maurane, Axelle Red, Selah Sue, Hoshi, Lorie, Sheila, Shy’m, Zaz, Zazie, Cyndi Lauper, Fergie, Pink, Ruelle, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Enya, Louane, Tina Arena, Jain, Jennifer Rush, Katie Melua, Nena, Bonnie Tyler, Christine and the Queens, Birdy,
will that be enough, or do you want other singers with pseudonyms to enrich your personal culture?

69sebastian
69sebastian
1 year ago
Reply to  CyxCy

I know their real names

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Although this song is not my cup of tea I prefer it to many others that are now in the top 10 bets. Actually it would be really nice if France won. They didn’t for so many years.

Alecs
Alecs
1 year ago

After last year, France really deserves to be in top 5. 2 years in the row, they bring great songs to the Final.

grft
grft
1 year ago
Reply to  Alecs

3 years in a row! Don’t forget Voila 🙂
But yeah Alvan and Ahez didn’t deserve their bottom placement …

WESSEL
WESSEL
1 year ago
Reply to  Alecs

“Deserves” based on last year? Where’s the logic? A song deserves its result based on its own merit (not on last year). And I love La Zarra and France! Would love to see her lift the trophy!

yompa
yompa
1 year ago

And, as usual, some toxic fans from a quite certain country are having tantrums over this (why the hell? just support your representative!) on social media. When will they learn, me pregunto
Anyway, I’ve always thought this song was solid and the singer incredibly charismatic therefore it doesn’t surprise me, au contraire as they say! The “complete package” is there to be considered a contender for the win… in my humble opinion, *obviously*.

Sam
Sam
1 year ago
Reply to  yompa

If there is something that can annoy our amigos from the South more than having their entry overtaken by others that is being overtaken by their life-long rivals of France. Vive La Zarra!

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 year ago
Reply to  yompa

I agree fans should stop but believe me French people sometimes aren’t better. I’m a native french speaker so I also actively read on some french blogs. A lot of people are really nice of course but there are also these other people that you can easily compare to those you mentioned. That’s why sometimes I’d prefer seeing small countries win (people are mire humble).
Anyway, there are and will always be some (insert a bad word). We just should stop giving them credit.

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1 year ago

Belgians too then no ?

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1 year ago

I mean ok I agree on everything but it’s a bit easy to say that at the same time.