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Bilal Hassani

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
I am me
And I know I will always be
I am free I create who I am
You don’t have to ask so I am

I am me
The same one since I was tiny
Even though I got stared at I got judged
I cry, I got out, and I smile

You put me in a box, want me to be like you
I’m not in society’s codes I can bother a few
At the end of the day you cannot change me boo
So, let me fly away

I, I’m not rich but I’m shining bright
I can see my kingdom now
When I dream I am a king
When I dream I am a king

I, I’m not rich but I’m shining bright
I can see my kingdom now
When I dream I am a king

And I know oh oh oh
Even though oh oh oh
You try to take me down
You can not break me na na

All of the voices «be like this, be like that»
Me I don’t even care
You will never remove my crown

Who are we
When we hurt, when we fight for free
Only God can judge you and me
Who we are, we never chose to be

What we chose
Is our job, our haircuts and our friends
Our routine, maybe even our love
And it’s great and it’s terrible
It’s none of anyone’s business

I, I’m not rich but I’m shining bright
I can see my kingdom now
When I dream I am a king
When I dream I am a king

I, I’m not rich but I’m shining bright
I can see my kingdom now
When I dream I am a king

And I know oh oh oh
Even though oh oh oh
You try to take me down
You can not break me na na

All of the voices «be like this, be like that»
Me I don’t even care
You will never remove my crown

I am a king
When I dream I am a king