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Madame Monsieur bring 'Mercy' to Lisbon

04 May 2018 at 21:05 CEST
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Moments ago, France's Madame Monsieur concluded the sixth day of rehearsals at the Eurovision stage. As part of the so-called 'Big Five', they get to represent their country in the Grand Final on Saturday, the 12th of May.

Madame Monsieur is a group comprised of Jean-Karl Lucas and Emilie Satt. After a few productive years as part of an English folk group, the pair decided to break off from the project and sail toward their destiny as Madame Monsieur. "Madame" and "Monsieur", like two poles of the same celestial body, are each pulled to the centre of the song, where Emilie masterfully sculpts the French language around Jean-Karl’s pop leanings. 

READ MORE: Madame Monsieur's participant profile.

The first rehearsal starts with a close-up of Emilie as she begins singing the song. Only seconds in, the camera switches to both of them and we see Jean-Karl and Emilie wearing all-black outfits with complimentary red details like the guitar, shoes and even Emilie's nail polish. The camera zooms in on Emilie again and when the chorus starts, both Jean-Karl and Emilie walk to the front of the main stage. 

After the first chorus, Emilie walks to the bridge that takes her to the outer ring of the stage, and Jean-Karl joins. There, the song grows stronger as the lights turn red. At the end of the song, we zoom in on both singers again as they turn their faces to each other in a dramatic finish. 

The song was written and composed by Emilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas themselves.

Madame Monsieur met moments after their rehearsal: "We were quite afraid of being on this huge stage for the first time; like when you’re about to meet someone you don’t know and you’re afraid, but then you meet them and it’s okay. So now that we’ve been on it we are relieved, because it’s a very nice stage." They added: "It’s bigger than we expected so we have to run a bit to reach all the spaces, but that’s good, because it’s giving us more energy!"

The French band also explained the meaning behind their arm movement at the end of the performance: "It's like a symbol that means we're sending light and energy from our hearts to other people. It’s about being generous, a sign of hope. To share love is something positive, like sharing hope, sharing life."

What do you think of Madame Monsieur's first rehearsal? How do you think France will do in the Grand Final? Let us know in the comments!