Et voilà! After a 'tres magnifique' night of music in France, the country has voted for the song that will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Alvan & Ahez are heading to Turin with 'Fulenn'.
Eurovision France: C’est Vous Qui Décidez is the one-night national final that France used to select its Eurovision song on Saturday night. 12 songs competed, but there could only be 1 set of 12 points!
The winner was selected over 2 rounds of voting. In the first round, the top 5 songs were determined by public televoting and then advanced to the second round, the 'superfinal’. A 10-member jury panel then selected a wildcard entry from the remaining 7 entries, to proceed to this superfinal. The 6 songs in the superfinal were then voted on by both the public and the jury, with a 50% weighting applied to each.
Fulenn emerged as the victor of the evening, performed by Alvan & Ahez. A feat that the French will be hoping the song can repeat in May!
Alvan & Ahez
Performing France’s Eurovision 2022 entry, we have Alvan (a multi-instrumentalist musician specialising in electro) and Ahez (a trio comprised of Marine, Sterenn D. and Sterenn L., 3 Breton singers of traditional heritage, who perform contemporary stories mixed with the myths of their region). The song tackles the Breton legend of a young woman who emancipates herself from societal norms by dancing at night bathed in the light from a bonfire.
The victory in France on Saturday night was secured by the act scoring top marks with both the jury and the public televote. They finished on 222 points, compared to the runner-up’s (Nuit Pauline by Pauline Chagne) 172.
France at the Eurovision Song Contest
France participated in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, and went on to have a great first decade. They placed in the top 5 every year of the first 10 years of the Contest.
Although a song in French won the very first Eurovision Song Contest, Refrain, it represented Switzerland. It wouldn’t take long for France to catch up, however, as the first 3 of France’s 5 victories in the Eurovision Song Contest were achieved in the very early years. By 1969, their record of 4 wins was unmatched.
In 1977, France won the Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth, and to date the last time. The song, L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant, was performed by Marie Myriam, and her victory brought France a new record number of victories in Eurovision Song Contest history at that point.
In 2021, Barbara Pravi brought France back to the Eurovision scoreboard Top 3 for the first time in 30 years, when she finished as the runner-up in Rotterdam with Voilà.
Can Alvan & Ahez go one place higher in Turin?…