France – One of France’s most read daily Le Parisien has made public France 3 choice for Eurovision 2011 : Amaury Vassili will be representing France. Five times winner, 28 times top 5, France has not won the contest since 1977 and Marie-Myriam’s “L’oiseau et l’enfant”, even if the country pulled out the big guns like Sébastien Tellier (famous in the electro music business) or Patricia Kaas (world famous, her 2009 entry “Et s’il fallait le faire” ranked all time #13 in our Best Esc Song Contest, read here).
After Fatals Picards, Sébastien Tellier & Jessy Matador we will see a fourth male singer walk the ESC stage with the French flag in five years : maybe France 3 thinks that, if Patricia Kaas could not win representing the French “la femme” then none would. Amary Vassili is known in France as a “chanteur d’opéra” which does not mean he sings opera itself but that he has a big voice. Yet, young and considered beautiful, he reached fame mostly copying Florent Pagny’s “popera” style and his debut album Vincero (published by Warner) sold 200,000 copies and reached #5 in France, #35 in Belgium. It’s mostly performed in Italian and English.
Will Italy and San Marino’s returns influence France to violate their usual French rule? It’s doubtful as French deputies started a complain against Tellier’s song in English and stopped it after Tellier accepted to introduce two lines in French in Belgrade.
Little is known on the esc song, popera? pure ballad? Amaruy Vassili is the angelic face with the deep voice. It’s hard to say what will be written for him and why. However, good news come from the commentators. Since 2000, Fr3 had humorists do the show, when this year it’s singer and song-writer Catherine Lara who will be in charge, helped by Laurent Boyer, a tv host. Catherine Lara reached fame in the 80s with her hit “Nuit magique” and with her coming out. Yet again, Eurovision belongs to the gays in France.
The daily notes that this is the certain choice by FR3 and that Amaury and his producers have all accepted. But it’s not signed yet. If the deal will not be sealed with Amaury, Emma Daumas would get the Eurovision ticket. Have your say on the very possible French singer for Eurovision 2011 !
Here is his performance of the classic “Hallelujah”: