Country
🇫🇷 France
Grand Final
Finished 16th
Song
Roi
Written by
Emilie Satt, Jean-Karl Lucas
Composed by
Emilie Satt, Jean-Karl Lucas
Broadcaster
France 3

Bilal Hassani is a singer, songwriter and social media star. The talented 19-year-old phenomenon won 'Destination Eurovision' in Paris with 35% of the public vote capturing the chance to represent his country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Bilal will represent France with the song 'Roi', a message of self-acceptance and hope. The song was written with Madame Monsieur, who represented France last year in Lisbon. The emotional lyric video accompanying the song has already been viewed by millions of users.

Bilal is more than just a regular artist: he hosts a YouTube channel with funny, memorable videos that get viewed by more than 2 million people, especially in French-speaking countries. He opens every video with “Bonsoir Paris!”, and colourfully chronicles his daily life in them. His covers of Djadja by Aya Nakumura and Made for Now by Janet Jackson have attracted the attention of their respective performers and received strong endorsements from the two women.

Bilal's childhood story started in France in 1999. He was raised to the sound of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. His influences also include 90s divas such as Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Besides that, Bilal has been nurturing a passion for the Eurovision Song Contest since he watched Loreen perform Euphoria on stage in 2012. In 2015, he demonstrated his charisma on 'The Voice Kids' with a cover of Conchita Wurst’s Rise Like a Phoenix.

Bilal is the symbol of those millions of young people all over the world that want to be free and unashamed to be outside the box. Roi contains a vibrant message about self-acceptance where urban pop meets the great tradition of the French chanson.

Lyrics of Roi

I am me And I know I will always be Je suis free oui j’invente ma vie Ne me demandez pas qui je suis Moi je suis Le même depuis tout petit Et malgré les regards, les avis Moi pleure, je sors, je ris You put me in a box, want me to be like you J’suis pas dans les codes ça dérange beaucoup At the end of the day you cannot change me boo Alors, laisse-moi m’envoler I, I’m not rich but I’m shining bright I can see my kingdom now Quand je rêve je suis un roi Quand je rêve je suis un roi I’m not rich but I’m shining bright I can see my kingdom now Quand je rêve je suis un roi And I know oh oh oh Even though oh oh oh You try to take me down You can not break me na na Toutes ces voix «fait comme ci, fait comme ça» Moi je ne cala pas You will never remove my crown Who are we When we hurt, when we fight for free Only God can judge you and me Ce qu’on est on ne l’a pas choisi On choisit Son travail, sa coiffure, ses amis Sa routine, parfois l’amour aussi Et ça passe ou ça casse mais ça Regarde qui? I, I’m not rich but I’m shining bright I can see my kingdom now Quand je rêve je suis un roi Quand je rêve je suis un roi I’m not rich but I’m shining bright I can see my kingdom now Quand je rêve je suis un roi And I know oh oh oh Even though oh oh You try to take me down You can not break me na na Toutes ces voix, «fait comme ci, fait comme ça» Moi je ne cala pas You can never remove my crown Je suis un roi Quand je rêve je suis un roi

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