Perfectly suited to the romantic song Et S'Il Fallait Le Faire, the whole stage was set in dark colours in the first French rehearsal today, with black background LEDs showing moving stairs and the logo of Patricia Kaas, a stylized letter "K". On top of the stage the screens were showing the lyrics of the song. The star of the whole show was Patricia Kaas, who performed the whole entry alone on stage without any backing vocals, but only with her charisma and with simple gestures, she managed to create a warm and truly stunning atmosphere in the hall, which sent goosebumps to everyone watching and listening to her in the hall! During the last run of the rehearsal, the LEDs were switched off, and there was only one spot on Patricia Kaas - which, from one certain camera angle, looked just like she was standing in front of the sun. France's biggest star was wearing a black dress and a big ring on her right hand, and during the whole performance, her movements were very tender, which also applies to her dancing towards the end of the song.
Patrica Kaas started singing at the age of 8 and has never stopped since. Her charm and charisma makes her one of the top 10 French personalities for over 20 years now. Patricia is one the most popular of French singers and an ambassador of the French culture beyond boundaries with 16 millions of albums sold all over the world. She toured in more than 47 countries, in front of millions of people all over Europe but also in the USA, Middle East, China and in all of Asia. Last December, she received two of the most prestigious Russian music awards for her contribution as a bridge between the two cultures: French and Russian. She was chosen internally by French TV to be the country's singer in the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.
In the press conference, the Head of the French delegation, Bruno Berberès, first presented the press kit of the French entry, including a book with translations of Et S'Il Fallait Le Faire in no less than 33 languages! When Patricia Kaas was asked why she actually decided to take part in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, she replied that she loves challenges. Bruno Berberès added that she was actually here to win! Another journalist asked Patricia Kaas if her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest was the first step towards adopting a more international style of music and if she was going to release any tracks in English language afterwards. Her answer was simple: "No!" She explained that she would continue to make music in her own style, but reminded everyone that she had already recorded music with German lyrics, and she went on to perform a short excerpt of a Russian song accappella. Towards the end of the press conference, the winner of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Dima Bilan, sat next to the French delegation and wished Patricia Kaas the best of luck. He also used the opportunity to promote his upcoming album to the press.