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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Finalist: France

Eurovision is a lovely contest in the sense that doing your best can carry a very long way. Tiny nations like Luxembourg and Monaco have won, Iceland and Malta have been very close. Just do your best and you will be rewarded sooner or later.

Or you can do whatever the French think they are doing. I wish I knew how a country with a vibrant and happening music scene could end up internally selecting a song that could just as well have competed forty years ago.

Being one of the Big Five - with a given spot in the final every year - should add a bit of pressure, methinks. It should inspire these countries to use their privilege wisely and send in bold and interesting entries that could push the limits a bit.

The French Ballad doesn't push a single limit. It is pretty and well written. Lisa has a strong voice with a warm timbre that is pleasant to listen to. But it feels like not even she connects with this song.

For crying out loud: she is singing about a village wiped out at war but sounds more like she sings about cotton candy or what dress to wear to the upcoming cocktail party or what kind of sandwich to prepare for her mid-morning snack. Where is the emotion?

Some people say this is the Grand Return of the Big Ballad. I say it is a snoozefest. I say France is about to have yet another dismal result coming their way.

A potential winner?
Definitely not. If this one makes top twenty, the French should celebrate for a week.

My grade: 1/5

Lisa Angell - N'oubliez pas (France 2015)

1 comment:

  1. Coucou, chère lecteurs Français! Normalement, j'adore votre musique mais je trouve ce morceau un peu sans conviction, c'est tout. Est-ce que vous pouvez appeler à Zazie l'année prochaine...? :)