Country Of The Month: France Part 2

Introduction

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.

Amir – J’ai Cherché

In 2016, France internally selected Amir and his song “J’ai Cherché”. The song is in both French and English. The title is translated to “I Searched”.

The song was composed by Johan Errami, Nazim Khaled and Amir himself. “J’ai Cherché” placed 6th with 257 points. That year, was the first time, the new voting system was used.

Amir was born on the 20th of June 1984, in Paris. His full-name is Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad. His parents are Jews from Tunisia and Marocco. In 2006, Amir took part in the Israeli edition of the Idol and released his first album. In 2011, he took part in the french edition of the voice, where he finished 3rd.

I selected this entry for simply being the best result of France in almost two decades.

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.

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.

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