Song of the Day – In 2003, France sent the unknown singer Louisa Baileche to Riga. She had performed on the Comédie Française stage as well as the famous Folies Bergères, in a French version of the musical “Nine”. In popular music, however, she was (and remained) relatively unknown. She is of Italian and Northern African descent. Her entry “Monts et Merveilles” (“Mountains and Wonders”, idiomatically “The Moon and the Stars”) featured some African elements.
It is a melodic ballad in which the singer sings of the end of a relationship. The lovers swore extravagant things to each other, such as the titular “Monts et Merveilles”. Baileche sings she is “naked and without wings, like a disappointed angel” and that she now is “homeless”. The entry was a minor favorite, but failed to make an impact on the night. Many think that the “hair incident” was what killed the song’s chances: Streaks of her dark hair covered her face for much of the performance and gave it a rather funny feel. At the end of the voting Baileche came 18th, a disappointment after two successful French entries in 2001 and 2002.