France: Song Revealed!

France – After France 2, the national broadcaster behind the French Eurovision delegation, designated Tom Leeb as the internally selected artist to represent the country in Rotterdam, the song “The Best In Me” was revealed tonight.

The official credits give us more info: the song is composed by Thomas G:son andPeter Boström, who cowrote many esc entries over the years and over Europe, all the way to winning for their home country in 2012 when Loreen performed “Euphoria” in Baku. Adding France as a new country is a surprise, as the country used to be quite nationalist in its approach, as seen in the polemics in 2008 when for the first time the French entry was supposedly entirely in English, after mocking “frenglish” in the 2007 lyrics. After the polemics hit the National Assembly, it was decided to calm everyone down to add two lines in French, purposedly saying “Pour moi l’amour chante en Français” (to me Love sings in French). An international team? A Swedish one at that? More proof that France 2 wants “to play the game” to do well: hot guy, who cares if he sings well, Swedish product (probably a MF reject). They can be happy they did well without winning (the motto on French news each time the contest is mentioned is “we don’t want to win it’s expensive to host”).

The “international” (read “English”) lyrics are by John Lundvik (Sweden 2019), Amir Haddad (France 2016), Tom Leeb and Léa Ivanne but it’s no surprise they have some French elements again… More “inside the esc bubble” material. Amir is the new face of Eurovision in France after his 6th place and more importantly that his song was an actual hit here, when Lisa Angell or Virginie Pouchain are nobodies. His song “J’ai cherché” could even be heard in Xavier Dolan’s latest film selected in Cannes, Matthias et moi. So it’s no wonder he’s the one France goes to (he was also part of the jury in Destination Eurovision as Christer Bjrörkman was part of the international jury).

The reveal took place at 20:50 CET from a short clip shot at the Eiffel Tower and that can be watched online. What do you think of this entry? What are its chances in Rotterdam?

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  1. The worst thing is that Tom actually sounds and looks great on camera. The questions on talent are undeniable.

    This song… it’s the perfect poster boy for anti-Sweden sentiment.

    That’s 0/3 Lundvik bats for someone else (Anton Ewald, Michael Rice and this)

    • I think Lundvik is at 0/2 for himself too! thank god he only did esc once and with mamas to push himself in 10th televote place :/ but juries really overrated it!

    • Anti-Sweden sentiment does not need poster boys of any kind it is omnipresent here. If we exchange the french and Italian songs people will be saying at their majority the exact same things for each country.
      And wait till Portugal brings on it’s almost certainly dated bunch of overrated nothingness – the drooling over everything SR does will seem mild then.

      • I guess it’s more that France is a country that doesn’t necessarily need the aid/influence as much as others. And if they opt for it, they should demand something hardhitting, this one just kind of falls short.

        Portugal got a couple that could surprise though… just hoping they pick right…

      • well, FdC is the last NF to have given us a winner, since the last two esc winners were talent show participants with an internally selected song! SR on the other hand, while doing its job in the national market, has only produced strong results this century… but not a winner in 30 years :p

  2. BELGIUM 2020:

  3. This song really had me divided. Only after a few listening have I been able to form a proper opinion on this. But now that I have it clearly set on my mind, I can properly say that I don’t like this song.

    I have no problems with the genre itself – give me a powerful solo vocal and I’ll eat it up – but the pomposity and kitsch puts me off. I won’t bring in the dated argument because first, I hate it (and I don’t see why a vintage throwback entry is so offensive), and second, this entry isn’t even dated: it has drums, a boom-clap chorus, a stale one-note melody; all the clichés and tropes of modern day pop ballads. For the positive, I am pleased to hear a song with more than one key change and Tom is a very confident performer. – 4/12

    • A point I forgot to add: I’m really disappointed in the French delegates for following the Eurovision trend of bringing in Swedish songwriters. I only have a slight problem with recruiting foreign songwriters/composers; the bigger problem is when every country starts doing. It results in the sound of the contest becoming quite homogenous and hurts the sentiment of musical diversity.

  4. Looks like Spain got some company. Totally forgettable stuff. I hate to write this, but his looks probably will save him from finishing bottom three, but I can’t see this placing higher than 20th based on the song alone.

    Updated list:

    01 ( – ) Lithuania
    02 ( – ) Belgium
    03 (03) Czech Republic
    04 (01) Latvia
    05 (02) Albania
    06 ( – ) Norway
    07 (04) Italy
    08 (05) Australia
    09 ( – ) Armenia
    10 (06) Spain
    11 ( – ) France

    Bonne chance à la France. You’re gonna need it.

  5. Well it’s not a bad song. It’s a certain pompous style that I never liked personally and which I tend to find pretty schmaltz (reminds me a bit of some early 90’s American pop). This one is no exception, but I can’t say it is badly written. But like many other ESC entries it also sounds very calculated – there are no less than two classic Eurovision key changes – and I can’t find any real emotions in the song. It also annoys me that they have to go to these assembly line song grocers instead of letting someone write his or her own song. The Belgian entry sounded genuine to me, this one does not. Unfortunately.

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