After a few years of sending in a slightly unbelievable range of musical styles, and definitely taking the ESC more seriously than in a long time, France is this time offering us another surprise.
Instead of running with the current contemporary trend, France sends young opera singer Amaury Vassili with a bolero in Corsican language.
Amaury Vassili - Sognu (France 2011)
The boy can sing, that is for sure. A powerful voice paired with a youthful appearance paired with the bolero rhythm which, thanks to Ravel, probably is as catchy as classical music gets for an audience used to drums and beats.
If the French have a bit of luck in the draw, this song could create a cosy little oasis of calm and serenity in the final and that should attract at least the votes of the juries.
The bookies have already tipped France as a very likely winner, which would be about time. No French entry has won since 1977, as you may remember.
But I secretly wish them a dignified second or third place in that case, while I hope for something slightly more commercial to win. Something that could hit the charts in the big fashion that the fine art of Amaury Vassili is unlikely to do.
Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant (France 1977 - their last winner so far)