France: Amir

France Amir

 

 

France is one of the Big Five guaranteed a place in the final. I love this song – but the last time I professed my undying love for a French entry (Twin Twin in 2014), they pulled up in last place with just two points. As long as he loses the distracting lyrics projected on the wall and actually manages to reach all the notes (rather hit-and-miss in live performances thus far), I have at least middling hopes for the Israeli-French singer Amir.

 

Credit: Renaud Corlouër


 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Amir


 Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: BURANOVSKIYE BABUSHKI

Even though it’s not my exact musical taste, Buranovskiye Babushki because of their positivity and cuteness! I think Lordi had a nice song but their looks made me feel uncomfortable.

ABBA4 vs. Eurovision Song Contest 2014

WINNER: ABBA

ABBA is, for me, the ultimate reference in brilliantly-written pop music that never loses its relevance and keeps making us dance and smile even after a few decades. They are a strong reference for me in melody writing. I’m a big fan. That’s why, even though Conchita had a beautiful performance in 2014, I have to say ABBA.

What does the French public think of Eurovision?

I think French people are gradually starting to understand how important the contest is and how amazing this television show is. They were a bit behind compared to the rest of Europe in terms of supporting the contest, but as of last year the show’s audiences and media interest in France grew bigger. This year we are hoping for an even stronger impact thanks to the large support and attention that my song and album are getting :) Let’s hope it keeps on going in this direction.

Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

It took me quite a while to decide, but I finally chose Loreen with Euphoria – for the great power of its intelligent and catchy melody, the original staging and the fact that Loreen represented her country while being from a different origin. For me that’s the essence of Europe and Eurovision – no boundaries and making the music our strongest bond.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I wouldn’t call them rituals because I often forget to do them – and I’m not that superstitious – but I “drum” on every part of my body in order to “wake it up” before going on stage :)

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

Last year, like almost every year, I watched the ESC with my family, trying to predict who would take the title.


 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

France: 12 points

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 43 acts entering this year’s contest using the EBU’s scoring system (12, 10 and 8-1 points).