The French press was eager to announce who will represent France at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Final in Malmö even before an official confirmation came from the side of the French broadcaster. They mentioned the name of a female singer, Amandine Bourgeois, and we just got a press release from France Télévisions new head of Eurovision delegation, Mr. Frédéric Valencak confirming the news.
Born in Angoulême on the 12th of June 1979, Amandine won the sixth edition of Nouvelle Star back in 2008 and released two albums with Sony Music since then. The latest in March 2012 entitled Sans Amour, Mon Amour and her debut 20m² in 2009.
She feels that her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest will be the perfect opportunity to promote her new work. Amandine's music mixes a lot of influences, from English pop to soul and rock with a Motown sound.
For her latest album Amandine Bourgeois focused on a key issue: to ensure that the songs kept it simple, with a melody and meaningful words. She partly recorded it in the Yellow Fish and Abbey Road studios in the UK.
Eighteen songs were shortlisted and presented to the expert committee which has been listening a few days ago. The vote took place in two stages: First a blind audition led to the selection of five finalists. After the second round L'Enfer Et Moi (Hell And Me), sung by Amandine Bourgeois with words and music by Boris Bergman and David Salkin, was chosen by the majority.
France has won the Eurovision Song Contest on five occasions and was represented by Anggun last year with Echo (You And I) in the Final in Baku.