Thursday, 3 March 2016

Eurovision 2016: Amir - J'ai Cherché

The video for France's 2016 Eurovision Song Contest entry J'ai Cherché by Amir has emerged, in the run-up to this year's final in Stockholm in Sweden in May.

Amir Haddad was a finalist in season three of the French version of The Voice in  2014, part of team Jenifer. Previously he had taken part in an Israeli TV music competition, and released an album of work in Hebrew in 2011.

The song is an upbeat and positive number without resorting to the kind of novelty that Eurovision has become notorious for. It has of course an appropriately inoffensively uplifting video.

The song was co-written by Amir, and features some English lyrics, quite unusual for a French Eurovision entry.

France has of course had a mixed run of entries in Eurovision in recent years. Their last win was in 1977.

Last year France recieved only four points for the song N'Oubliez Pas by Lisa Angell, while in 2014 they finished last for the first time in France's Eurovision history with the track Moustache by Twin Twin, a song that picked up only two points.

2013's Amandine Bourgoise performance of L'enfer et Moi came in a 23rd,  while in 2012 Anggun's Echo (You and I) came 22nd.

France last reached the top ten in the final results with patricia Kaas in 2009 performing Et s'il fallait le faire.

Forty three contries are taking part this year, equalling the previous record number. A number of countries return after an absence, and Australia takes part again. France qualify straight to the final as the country is one of the five major contributors to the European Broadcasting Union.

The Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on May 14.

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