30-year-old singer, actor and comedian Tom Leeb has been selected internally by public broadcaster France Télévisions. Europe will need to wait a bit longer to find out which song he will be singing; the track will be revealed in the coming weeks according to the French broadcaster.
Regarding his selection, Tom said: "The Eurovision Song Contest is an iconic and unifying event; I am so proud to be representing France and I can't wait to live this experience with you all."
Tom's musical endeavours
In September 2019, Tom released his debut album Recollection. The audio clip of Are We Too Late has reached an impressive 25 million YouTube views. You can watch the official music video below.
Tom has played as a support act for international stars such as Sting and Tom Jones. His music inspirations are male singer-songwriters like Ben Howard, Matt Corby, Bon Iver and John Mayer.
Tom's acting career
Tom spent 5 years in New York studying theatre, cinema and singing. He previously performed in a theatrical adaptation of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire and acted in various French TV shows and movies alongside established stars such as Jean Reno. He is part of a comedy duo with fellow comedian Kevin Levy. As the illustrious Kevin & Tom, the pair have a popular YouTube channel, where they upload skits and songs.
How France changed its selection process
In July 2019, France Télévisions started crafting their strategy for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The public broadcaster decided to return to an internal selection and to concentrate all its efforts on finding the right song for the Grand Final in Rotterdam on 16 May.
For the first time, on top of French publishers, France 2 approached European music publishers and asked them to write specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The internal committee at the French broadcaster reviewed more than 100 songs in the search of the perfect tune for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Head of France Télévision's Entertainment Department and the new Head of Delegation said: "We think that the ideal proposal corresponds to a match between a song for which we had a huge crush and an artist to embody it".