Corsican opera star Amaury Vassili released a sneak peak of his 2011 Eurovision entry today. Apparently he’s trying to bring a dose of class to Dusseldorf and is leaving all the Europop and electronica at home. (Malena Ernman, the last great opera singer to perform at Eurovision, tried to mix pop with opera, and she […]
France sent a classic chanteuse in 2009, and a Congolese hip-shaker in 2010, so we knew its 2011 selection could come from left field. And it has! On February 4 state broadcaster France 3 announced that Corisican opera singer Amaury Vassili is headed to Düsseldorf. He’ll sing ‘Sonniu’ (Dream) in Coriscian, and will debut the […]
When France’s state broadcaster announced that Jessy Matador would represent France at Eurovision, Eurovision fans cried Mon dieu! The lyrics to his entry Allez Ola Olé did little to promote French culture abroad: “Darling, you must get up and move your butt. Dancing, squeezed tight for a salty kiss.” And up to that point Matador […]
It’s only been four days since the Eurovision final, but the 2010 contestants are already topping the iTunes charts across Europe. Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut looks set to capitalize big on her Eurovision victory. “Satellite” currently tops the charts in seven countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg and Sweden). Versions of the song have hit […]
Ask French Eurovision fans what they think about Jessy Matador’s entry “Allez! Ola! Olé!” and you’ll likely hear that it’s nasty, tacky, cheap, uncouth, and annoying. Many critics say that that it bastardizes the French language, a suggestion born out by this rather saucy excerpt: Darling, you must get up and move your butt. Dancing, […]
Tout le monde! Ola, belle assemblée qui a envie de bouger Pour se laisser aller au rythme de l’année Allez allez allez, il faut en profiter C’est une bonne journée et on va la fêter Chouchou, faut te lever et bouger ton fessier Danser, collé serré pour un baiser salé Prends-moi par le côté, fais-moi […]
Read the lyrics and English-language translation of Jessy Matador’s “Allez! Ola! Ole!”
Read the lyrics and translation of Patricia Kaas’s “Et s’il fallait le faire”, France’s entry at Eurovision 2009. She finished eighth in the grand final with 107 points.