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Thursday, 09 January 2014 05:44

France: Song Titles Made Public by Broadcaster

Amandine Bourgeois, and her entry L’Enfer et Moi was not technically an internal selection noting that there were several stages prior to the eventual choice but nevertheless, Frédéric Valencak, the current Head of Delegation is set to revamp the format even further by including the public in a nationwide vote. Late in 2013, France 3 went public with three (3) names as shortlisted by a fourteen (14) member jury panel, and the initial comments were surprisingly positive, especially with several upcoming artists putting their name forward to represent France according to various sources.

Destan, protégées of Universal Music France will be performing the song Sans Toi; Twin Twin, represented by Warner Music France will be singing the track Moustache and Joanna Lagrave from Star Academy will belt out Ma Libertè. The fact that France is actually making use of their own labels is somewhat comforting, especially when not just one label is involved. This is said due to the fact that Warner Music France was responsible for the past three entries from France, including L’Enfer et Moi (2013), Echo (You and I) (2012) and Sognu (2011), respectively.

The tracks of the national selection will not be made public prior to the selection show, which will officially kick-off on the 26th January on the programme Les Chansons D’Abord hosted by the magnificent Natasha St-Pier who proudly represented France in the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Je n’ai que mon ame which finished in fourth place, and remains to be a fan-favourite to this day. Voting will commence on the programme and will run for just over a month with the results revealed on the same programme on the 2nd March 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUpa37Oqhc

In 2007, Les Fatals Picards won the right to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track L’amour à la française in a national final which included a total of ten (10) acts as presented by the five main television broadcasters. The mere mention of a national final in France might mean nothing to several fans of the country within the internationally renowned music event due to years of internal selections. For the first time in seven (7) years, France 3 has just announced a national final which will see three (3) songs battling it out in order to represent the direct finalist.

France 3 is already accepting submissions for next years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a panel of professional experts set to shortlist the best three entries on the 26th November 2013. What is interesting though is that one of the individuals on this professional will be a viewer of France 3 or listener of France Bleu, the national radio broadcaster in France. Three (3) questions in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest will be put forward for the public to answer with one lucky individual drawn to join the panel of professional judges.

What follows next is somewhat traditionally used in Ireland, as the three (3) chosen entries will be presented to the general public on the show Les Chansons d’Abord hosted by former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Natasha St-Pier. The public will then have a 100% say in the final choice of both the artist and the entry after each of the three (3) performed live on national television. The date when this will happen is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: France 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtHeKV6gblg

Saturday, 18 August 2012 16:30

Belgium: The Voice Featuring Natasha St-Pier

The Eurovision Song Contest has been known to be a competition which features up and coming talent in most cases with the reality being that most of the artists becoming well known in their respective countries. Having been living in France for a number of years, Natasha St-Pier decided to try out the competition back in 2001 with the track Je n'ai que mon âme finishing in a highly respectable fourth place, achieving the best result since 1995 when Nathalie Santamaria has reached the same placing with the song Il Me Donne Rendez-Vous. Since then, the Canadian born artist has managed to keep quite a high profile in France noting that she has released seven albums, including one earlier this year entitled Bonne Nouvelle which peaked at number #11 in France and Belgium and therefore, it comes to no surprise that she has been chosen as a coach on the upcoming edition of The Voice Belgique on La Une.

In recent months, Natasha St-Pier has gone on record stating that she is indeed quite happy at this moment in life and the album reflects that emotion in the best possible way. Chosen to be one of the coaches on The Voice is quite an intriguing element especially when knowing that there are  quite a number of artists from the Eurovision Song Contest all over the continent who have been chosen to appear on the respective show whose creator John De Mol was also spearheading the Dutch selection earlier this year. The broadcaster who takes care of The Voice Belgique is actually La Une, owned by leading French broadcaster, RTBF who will be in charge of selecting the entry and the song to represent Belgium in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden. It is quite interesting on whether the choice of Natasha St-Pier might reflect on the fact that the show might be used to pick the next representative. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: www.tuner.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvb4gtZEZvM

France was a dominant force to be reckoned with in the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years noting that their songs were very much appreciated and the broadcasters all wanted a hand in picking their respective entries. Nevertheless, they have fallen short in these past couple of years with very few positive results to their name. Nevertheless, one lady who had managed to stun the rest of the continent was none other than Natasha St-Pier with the beautiful ballad Je n'ai que mon âme finishing in a respectful fourth position behind the likes of Estonia, Denmark and Greece. She is back with a brand new set of original songs.

She is still one of the most popular names in the French music scene following up with albums which have reached the higher echelons of the charts but nevertheless, her last two albums have been far less successful and therefore, with a brand new producer she has developed a new style, one which reflects her current happiness. Her brand new album which bears the name Bonne Nouvelle is released with Sony Music France and she is hoping that with her crystal cut vocals, she could sing her tracks in a much more mellow tone. The very first single off the album was not too much of a success but the album has already peaked at number #11 in France making it the most successful album in a very long time. She has already announced her new single being Juste comme ça (As it is), a duet with upcoming male sensation Mickaël Miro. The track will be released on radios this summer so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more information as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Natasha St-Pier Official Website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2EZ97XBfgg