We decided to continue our new series of articles “Country Of The Month” with France. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best French entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
France in the Eurovision 🇫🇷
France debuted at the contest in 1956, being one of the first 7 countries. Since then, it has participated in an impressing number of 62 times, missing the event twice times – 1974, 1982. In 1974 the country selected its representative, but withdrew due to the death of President Georges Pompidou, the week of the contest. In 1982, TF1 – the network that was responsible for the french representatives – decided not to participate due to lack of talents. The first years, the country achieved very good results, in contrast to the two last decades – with a few exceptions.
The country is part of the “Big 5”, so its prequalified to the grand final. The country has topped the scoreboard on 5 contests (1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1977), it came second in 5 contest, third 7 times and finished in the Top-5 in 9 more occasions. Its worst result came in 2014 when it finished last – for the first time – with just 2 points.
Amina – C’est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison
In 1991, France internally selected Amian and her song “C’est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison”. The song is in french and the title is translated to “The last one to spoke”.
The song was composed by Wasis Diop and Amina Annabi herself. The conductor of the live performance was Jérôme Pillement. At the end of the night, the song placed 2nd with 146 points, after a dramatic voting process, where Sweden – the after all winner – received the same amount of points.
Amina Annabi was born on the 5th of March 1962. She is a French-Tunisian singer, songwriter. She grew up in a family of musicians. Except for an amazing singer, she is also an actress. Her most recent participation to the Eurovision is in 2010 when she announced the French jury points in the final of Melodifestivalen – Swedish national selection.
I selected this entry for simply being the closest the country came to a victory since its last in 1977.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from France? Let us know in the comment box below.