Slimane will represent France at Eurovision 202408 November 2023 at 10:00 CET
‘It's hard not to look in the rear-view mirror now that I know I'll be representing my country at Eurovision! It's completely crazy when I think about it. My first concerts in the bars of Pigalle, it seems like yesterday. My father taking me to my first casting. And then The Voice. My encounter with the public. The wonderful public that gave me the strength and desire to take on one of the greatest challenges of my career. It's an immense source of pride. A real responsibility too. In May, I'll be singing in front of almost 200 million people. I'll be singing for my parents. For my daughter. For France. And for you, you for whom I wrote this song…’
Since winning The Voice (France) in 2016, Slimane’s rise in popularity has been meteoric, with 2 million albums sold, 5 NRJ Music Awards, 2 billion worldwide streams, 7 million followers on social media, and a Victorie de la Musique to his name.
From the piano bars of Paris Pigalle, where he started, to his sold-out arena tours, Slimane’s journey is an ode to perseverance, talent, and passion.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Director of Entertainment and Games at France Télévisions and head of the French Eurovision delegation had this to say:
‘Slimane is a great artist, but he's much more than that: he's a unifying personality who carries us along and draws us into his world! When society is prey to the passions and disorders of the world, Slimane is the artist who allows us to escape and soothe ourselves. Supported by his fans, he's our best chance of seducing Europeans with his talent and charisma, and putting the odds in our favor. This choice also demonstrates France Télévisions' ambition for Eurovision, a program that attracts a larger audience in France every year, and which is destined to continue to grow. It follows on from the two victories in the last three editions of Junior Eurovision, which we'll be hosting in France, in Nice, in November. The time will then come to unveil the song with which Slimane will represent our colors!’
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.