Country Of The Month: Monaco Part-4! (Last)


We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Monaco. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Monegasque entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Michèle Torr – Une petite française

In 1977, Monaco selected Michèle Torr and her song “One petite française” to sent in London, the United Kingdom. The song is entirely in French and it was composed by Paul de Senneville and
Olivier Toussaint. The lyrics were written by Jean Albertini and the conductor of the live performance was Yvon Rioland. At the final, the entry placed 4th with 96 points. The song reached the 33th place on the French charts.

Michèle Torr was born on April 7, 1947, in Pertuis, France. Her full name is Michelle Cléberte Tort and she is a well-known singer and author. She won her first music contest at the age of fifteen. Since 1964, she has released many albums and singles. In 1966, she represented Luxembourg in Eurovision and placed 10th. In 1977, she competed again, this time representing Monaco, placing 4th.

Monaco in the Eurovision

Monaco debuted in the contest in 1959, in the fourth edition of the contest. Since then, it has participated 24 times, missing the event in many occasions – 1980-2003 and 2007-present. The recent years the country doesn’t take part mostly because it is against the voting method, criticising the contest for bloc-voting. At its three most recent attempts (2004-2006), Monaco failed to qualify to the final.

The country has topped the scoreboard only once (1970) and placed in the Top-10 16 times! Due to the country’s size, all its participants came from another countries. The majority of the singers came from France and only one from Yugoslavia and one from Italy. Its worst result came in 1966 when it finished last with no points in the final. In the semis, the worst result came in 2005, when its entry placed 24th in a field of 25. Its victory is also Monaco’s entry with the most points.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Monaco? Let us know in the comment box below.

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