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Friday, 04 October 2013 13:07

France: Casting Call Procedure Commences

FranceTélévisions, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of France within the Eurovision Song Contest has launched a casting call which will see to the selection of an artist to represent the nation at the upcoming edition of the international competition taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier this year, Amandine Bourgeois and her entry L'Enfer et Moi finishing in a disappointing 23rd place with just 13 points.

France 3, the actual broadcaster selected to take care of the event since 2001 onward, is looking for an artist over the age of sixteen, who would send a demo via web transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to Sunday, 24th November 2013. In the meantime, the song should be mostly in French although an additional couple of phrases in a foreign language would also be accepted. The actual selection of the song is yet to be revealed but nevertheless, more information is expected from FranceTélévisions during the course of the season. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: FranceTélévisions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQwiQj5Dyj8

Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to France whose broadcaster, France 3 will be represented by Amandine Bourgeois and the track L'Enfer et Moi composed by David Salkin to the lyrics of Boris Bergman. 

In 2008, Amandine won “La Nouvelle Star” (French Pop Idol). The audience instantly fell under the spell of her warm and hoarse voice, both powerful and fragile at once. In 2009, her debut album 20m² is certified Gold. For her second album Sans Amour Mon Amour in 2012 she records in the famous Abbey Road studios in London, with Amy Winehouse and Plan B’s staff. Amandine uses her inner emotions to sing, to write and feed her inspiration. Amongst some of her most beautiful memories: a duet she performed with Scorpions, and opening for Johnny Hallyday’s concerts in the historical Royal Albert Hall venue in London.

Amandine is proud and honoured to represent France at the ESC. She wanted to offer the audience a song she felt completely at ease with, a song close to who she was. L’Enfer Et Moi, written by Boris Bergman and composed by David Salkin, is in perfect harmony with her personality. For her fans and for the Eurovision Song Contest, she swears to give it her all! David Salkin began percussion. Then, he learned drums and guitar. At 15 years old, he was the drummer for the French singer Pierre Vassiliu during his first tour. He composed for Kadja Nin, Raoul Petite and Pierre Vassiliu, and played on stage and in studios with some of the best French singers, such as Alain Bashung, Jacques Higelin, Zazie, Florent Pagny, Stephan Eicher and Ismaël Lo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sjttHafsyE

Boris Bergamn is a very famous French writer. He was born in London of Russian origin, and arrived in France at the age of 14. In 1968, he created the lyrics of the song Rain And Tears, one of the big hits for the Greek band Aphhrodite’s Child. Then, he wrote for a lot of very famous French singers, such as Nana Mouskouri, Juliette Gréco, Richard Anthony, Dalida, Michel Delpech, France Gall, Patrick Juvet, Régine, Gérard Lenormand, Nicoletta, Christophe, Catherine Lara, Nicole Croisille, Marie Laforêt and Alice Dona. Boris Bergman is well-known by the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1973, he wrote the song Un Train Qui Part for Monaco (8th place). In 1975 he began again writing for Monaco with the song Une Chanson C’est Une Lettre (13th place).

Until the millennium, France was one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest managing to reach the top ten on several occasions, whilst also managing five victories in total, the last one coming back in 1977 with the song L'oiseau et l'enfant performed by Marie Myriam. In recent years, there have been a number of internal selections but despite enlisting notable artists, at times the live performance did not live up to the success and thus the result was somewhat disappointing. Last year, the country was represented by Anggun and the song Echo (You and I) which only managed to garner some points thanks to the jury as the public awarded her the dreaded 'nil points'. Their last top ten result was achieved back in 2009 with Patricia Kaas and her song Et S'Il Faillait Le Faire finishing in eight place. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 67%

Martin Isherwood: Strong voice with loads of character Good chorus Unusual snare sound at the start and interesting arrangement. Starts out like a French Amy Winehouse with a touch of Duffy and finishes like Adele 'rolling in the deep'. In the final anyway.

Sharon Vaughn: I love the feel and texture of this track/song ... it is a little different and that is good news.

Stano Simor: Amandine has a very good voice and French lyrics in general sound extremely sexy. Due to the fact that France is already competing in the final, they will most likely not be coming with a certain attitude to achieve success. It is a pleasant song to listen to but technically with minimal ambitions to reach a high position on the night of the final.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJaab8j4fU

Published in Editorials

The Eurovision In Concert held a couple of weeks back within The Netherlands is known to be the premier dress rehearsal for the competing countires at the Eurovision Song Contest and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of speaking to all of the artists present, amongst them Gianluca who will represent Malta with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Denmark is the outright favourite in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops co-written by Lise Cable, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. As a matter of fact, there is always a favourite which does well, along with another who will fall flat when it comes to the live performance. This is yet to be seen. In the meantime, Emmelie who is an extremely nice individual speaks to team of Radio International about competing in such a major showcase, her ancestral background and what she makes of the current situation in the polls, bookmakers and fan clubs. Moving onto another entry competing in the first semi-final, there is Zlata Ognevich who will be representing Ukraine with the song Gravity and according to the bookmakers, this currently ranks second behind Denmark. Zlata who has slight difficulty to speak in English is nevertheless a great performer and she speaks to Radio International and escflashmalta.com about her upcoming surprises, without revealing too much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k59E7T0H-Us

Apart from focusing on the first semi-final, it is always important to note that there is a second show and one which also includes a number of great songs including some fan favourites in the form of Greece whose entry Alcohol is Free performed by Koza Mostra featuring Agathonas has been setting the dancefloors alight. The team who have a great spirit speak about the song, the meaning behind it and what their expectations in Sweden during the Eurovision Song Contest are, especially considering that Greece has a reputation to uphold. One final interview from this semi-final is with PeR from Latvia whose entry bears the name Here We Go. It will be the opening act of the show but has not been receiving a lot of promotion as of late whilst somewhat destined to be another disappointment for the Baltic nation. The duo are great fun though and this adds to the spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3k2MOJOkKg

The final nation in the spotlight for this evenings' programme will be Amandine Bourgeois who will be representing France with L'Enfer et Moi. She has received great comments since her performance at the Eurovision in Concert and could surprise. There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including Żarbun by Chiara which has already racked up more then 80,000 views in less than a week. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Dermot Manning as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Team of Radio International

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJaab8j4fU

In this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, France will be represented by Amandine Bourgeois, who in turn will be performing the track L'Enfer Et Moi composed by David Salkin to the lyrics of Boris Bergman. Despite the fact that the song and the artist fit extremely well together, it was the broadcaster that brought them together in an internal selection which features several music professionals. It seems that there were a number of possible choices but ultimately decided on this combination, which has also meant a return to the spotlight for Amandine Bourgeois who just signed a new record deal with Warner Music France. During most of the day, the French performer was attending the OGAE France meeting where the fans of the competition voted their top ten entries in this years' edition.

Earlier this evening, the editorial team of escflashmalta.com was proud to bring you the votes of OGAE Malta whose maximum points went to Denmark, followed by San Marino and it seems that the fans in France have a similar wavelength when looking at the points as seen below. Once more, it seems that Malta managed a mid-table position as it has missed out on yet another top ten position. Emmelie de Forest will be representing Drnmark with the song Only Teardrops whilst Valentina Monetta will do the honours on behalf of San Marino as she performs the track Crisalide (Vola). It is important to denote that these points reflect a portion of the actual votes which will be encountered in May owing to both the general public and the professional jury.

  • 1 point: Ireland
  • 2 points: Russia
  • 3 points: Finland
  • 4 points: Sweden
  • 5 points: Ukraine
  • 6 points: Germany
  • 7 points: Norway
  • 8 points: Switzerland
  • 10 points: San Marino
  • 12 points: Denmark

France will be competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for the fifty-sixth time noting that they have emerged victorious on five occasions, the last of which being back in 1977 when Marie Myriam swooped up the win with her entry L'Oiseau et L'Enfant. In recent years, internal selections have taken precedence and in the 2011 edition of the international spectacle, France was the favourite with the track Sognu which could only muster up eighty two (82) points to finish in fifteenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about France in this years' spectacle.

Source: OGAE France, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQJaab8j4fU

In just a matter of days, all of the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest would have presented to the public whilst the final arrangements along with the respective preview videos would be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting this coming Monday. There has been a lot of talk over the quality of the songs but nevertheless, it has been relatively improving with the broadcasters seeking renowned producers in their nations to work on the songs which they will be competing with. The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest has already been slaving away publishing the official videos as received by the broadcaster so that people could enjoy them as early as possible whilst decreasting their work load for countries who leave till the very end.

Kicking off the proceedings this morning was Roberto Bellarosa with the song Love Kills on behalf of Belgium. The male vocalist gained recognition in his home country following victory within the debut season of The Voice of Belgium which saw him sign a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment. His debut album entitled Ma Voie was a modest success managing to reach number #11 in the charts with the first single Jealous Guy managing to peak at number #4. Love Kills co-written by Jukka Immonen and Ian Farquaharson will be performed in the second half of the first semi-final. It managed to beat another two tracks in the radio selection held in December. The track has been substantially reworked after negative criticism and it seems that the final product is being well appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9uExokZcIM

Following Belgium this morning was Russia, one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, having managed to qualify on every successive event. This time round, an internal selection of both the artist and the song took place but nevertheless, the broadcaster being Channel 1 stated that this is still the choice of the public considering that she was the winner of The Voice of Russia with almost one million votes. The announcement of the name came as a shock to many who have known that this particular broadcaster has a tendency to go for renowned artists but nevertheless, it has been pretty good thus far with the song What If performed by Dina Garipova officially presented to the public in it's final version earlier this morning. The song is co-written by Fabriel Alares, Joakim Bjornberg and Leonid Gutkin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VwzdeRNjtA

The third entry to be presented in these past couple of days has somewhat been done in stages as one of the Big FIve members has decided to play it's cards in the right manner despite going forward with internal selections since 2009. France internally selected Amandine Bourgeois to take on the task of achieving a good result and indeed, the former Star Academy finalist will be hoping for the very best. People within the music industry have likened her to last years' Italian representative; Nina Zilli but the song she will be presenting at the Eurovision Song Contest entitled L'Enfer et Moi is completely different. It is sassy and has a certain again. Co-written by Boris Bergman and David Salkin, it will be performed within the final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9JwWvGj_w0

Nearly two months after being chosen by an internal jury to represent France at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Sweden, Amandine Bourgeois will be releasing her entry L'enfer et moi tomorrow much to the delight of fans all across the continent who are anticipating an extremely competent entry. This is not the first internal selection for the Big Five country considering that this has very much been the case since 2009 when Patricia Kaas had been selected to represent the country, ultimately achieving their last top ten result with Et S'il Faillait Le Faire.

In the mid-morning, at around 10:00 CET, the song will be made available through the medium of Spotify. Just before though, she will be the guest star of the radio show Laissez-Vous Tenter which is broadcasted on RTL, the leading radio station in France. Within the show, she is expected to give some information about her participation along with a short preview of the song. The official video clip which will be accompanying the entry will be made available for everyone to view on the official France 3 website, on Thursday. It is also worth mentioning that Warner Music will again this year cooperate with France 3 to promote the French entry as has been the case within the past two years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Warner Music France

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sjttHafsyE