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France is proudly returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest after bringing the trophy home in 2022 with Lissandro’s hit “Oh Maman.” This year, the country will be represented by Zoé Clauzure, who will perform her uplifting track “Cœur.” She was selected through an internal selection process and announced by France Télévisions as the country’s new representative. Could France possibly follow Poland’s example from 2018 and 2019 by securing victory two years in a row?

Zoé will perform her sweet French pop track at Junior Eurovision 2023 in Nice, on November 26th.

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France in Junior Eurovision 2023: Zoé Clauzure  with “Cœur”

Zoé is a 13-year-old talent from Montrouge, France. She has already achieved remarkable results in her musical career. In 2020, she participated in The Voice Kids, advancing to the semi-finals of the competition. She’s also had the opportunity to perform duets with well-known French artists such as Amir, who represented France successfully in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

In addition to her singing and dancing abilities, Zoé is a talented pianist, as evident from the music video for her competition track, “Cœur.” She has a series of piano-vocal covers on her main YouTube channel and is also actively involved in songwriting. Beyond her musical pursuits, she is also engaged in modeling.

Some of Zoé’s favorite artists include Zaho de Sagazan, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish. Her greatest passion is to perform live on stage.

What do the “Cœur” lyrics mean?

“Cœur” is an optimistic anthem that speaks about raising your voice. The music video predominantly features the colours red and white, and includes numerous dance moments and interesting group choreography. The song encourages everyone to move forward, gently spreading their wings, and accelerating toward victory, despite what anyone else might say or do.

The chorus focuses on the excitement of singing and performing, highlighting how music brings people together and makes them visible. In her song, Zoé speaks about dreams and emphasises the importance of believing in them. She wants to explore the world, and she wants the world to see her.

France’s song is the optimistic boost that everyone needs, serving as a reminder that you can succeed even when some people are waiting to see you fail, and that victory awaits you. With her sweet voice, Zoé reminds us to dream and to hope.

“Cœur” lyrics – Zoé Clauzure (France JESC 2023)

Lyrics: Noée Francheteau; Music: Julien Comblat & Jérémy Chapron

French text

Mon cœur bat en rythme
Il palpite si vite
Quand je chante pour toi aïe aïe aïe aïe
J’veux que le monde entier
Nous voit exister
Quand je chante aïe aïe aïe aïe

Je me lève pour voir le monde
Je m’élève, je rêve, mon cœur s’inonde
Ça traîne, je regarde la montre je veux qu’ça cesse et je le montre

Je regarde mes rêves tout le temps
Je veux y croire ça me hante
C’est pour ça que je chante

Mon cœur bat en rythme
Il palpite si vite
Quand je chante aïe aïe aïe aïe
J’veux que le monde entier

Nous voit exister
Quand je chante aïe aïe aïe aïe
Toi aïe
Ahaah
C’est comme ci comme ça
Aïe aïe aïe aïe

Avance vers la victoire
Plus peur d’aucun de ces regards
Pourtant certains préfèrent te voir échouer mais t’accélères

Je déploie mes ailes doucement
J’le fais pour nous vraiment
Chaque fois que je chante

Mon cœur bat en rythme
Il palpite si vite
Quand je chante aïe aïe aïe aïe
J’veux que le monde entier
Nous voit exister
Quand je chante aïe aïe aïe aïe
Toi aïe
Ahaah
C’est comme ci comme ça aïe aïe aïe aïe
Toi aïe
Ahaah
C’est comme ci comme ça aïe aïe aïe aïe

Mon cœur bat en rythme
Il palpite si vite
Nos cœurs battent en rythme
Nos cœurs battent trop vite
Pour toi yeah

(Nos cœurs battent en rythme, nos cœurs battent trop vite)

J’veux que le monde entier
Nous voit exister
Quand je chante aaaaah aaaaah
C’est comme ci c’est comme ça
Aahhhh Je chante pour toi

English translation

My heart beats in rhythm
It flutters so fast
When I sing for you, aïe aïe aïe aïe
I want the whole world
To see us exist
When I sing aïe aïe aïe aïe

I get up to see the world
I rise, I dream, my heart is filled
It drags on, I watch the clock, I want it to stop, and I show it

I look at my dreams all the time
I want to believe in them, it haunts me
That’s why I sing

My heart beats in rhythm
It flutters so fast
When I sing aïe aïe aïe aïe
I want the whole world

To see us exist
When I sing aïe aïe aïe aïe
You, aïe
Ahaah
It’s like this, like that
aïe aïe aïe aïe

Advance towards victory
No more afraid of any of those looks
Yet some prefer to see you fail, but you accelerate

I spread my wings gently
I do it for us, really
Every time I sing

My heart beats in rhythm
It flutters so fast
When I sing aïe aïe aïe aïe
I want the whole world
To see us exist
When I sing aïe aïe aïe aïe
You, aïe
Ahaah
It’s like this, like that, aïe aïe aïe aïe
You, aïe
Ahaah
It’s like this, like that, aïe aïe aïe aïe

My heart beats in rhythm
It flutters so fast
Our hearts beat in rhythm
Our hearts beat too fast
For you, yeah

(Our hearts beat in rhythm, our hearts beat so fast)

I want the whole world
To see us exist
When I sing aaaaah aaaaah
It’s like this, it’s like that
Aahhhh I sing for you

What do you think of “Cœur”? Is Zoé Clauzure one of your favourites in this year’s contest? Let us know in the comments below.

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Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

This is indeed a high quality child friendly song and the music video AND choreo are superb. Red and white? Red cells and white cells, OF COURSE. Because the heart pumps ….. what?

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

I like this song a lot. France did it again to send a great song to Junior Eurovision.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

She made a cover of Tattoo one month ago that is still viral on TikTok with more than 145 millions views, and on Youtube with 100 millions views.

Tino
Tino
3 months ago

Really nice song but the lyrics aren’t really clear about the subject so don’t glorify them too much. I mean we know the song is talking about that because the team behind it told so but except maybe for 1 or 2 lines, nothing openly indicates they’re talking about bullism. And even those 2 lines aren’t clear. Children will never understand that and tbh they absolutely won’t care. Children listen to music only for itself, not for what it stands for. It remains a really good song and a strong contenders for top 5 or even top 3. PS: Portugal… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Tino

“Bullism” isn’t a thing… it’s a JESC in-joke… right?

Tino
Tino
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yeah no I’m just stupid enough to use the same word as other without verifying if it exists. Bullying is the right word I guess.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Tino

You’re not stupid. I think it goes back to Italy’s junior song of 2020, when the word flashed up on the screens. BULLISM

esc_fl
esc_fl
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Chanel Dilecta (JESC Italy 2022), who single-handedly ended bullism.

Vivian
Vivian
3 months ago

I think it’s not a bad idea that this entry distances itself a bit from the overly ‘kiddie-diddie’ songs France has been sending to JESC in recent years. The song is a bit safe, but given France is hosting and doesn’t have to be overly flashy, I think this song manages to strike a good middle ground in not trying too hard, but not being too low-effort like most adult ESC host entries are these days. Zoé’s vocals sound a bit processed so I don’t know how well she’ll perform live, but the song is very catchy, the music video… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

I think songwriters should get credit in articles like this.

Who wrote this song?

Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Noée Francheteau, Julien Comblat, and Jérémy Chapron. The songwriters can be found listed on the Junior Eurovision website

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago
Reply to  Nils

And Zoé gave her ideas about the topic and helped to design the song.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Thank you

Nickfan
Nickfan
3 months ago

The song is about bullism.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

She sings super well, as The UK song I really like it and wish her to do well. A plus for the lyrics that directly concerned those who spit on Lissandro without reasons and moreover it’s against bullism…so some eurofans should take note of these lyrics.