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France’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 13, 2016


The verses are sung in French and the chorus in English.  For some reason. It seems that Austria is a prouder celebrant of the French language than France is, this year.

Fun fact.  This guy used to be a Dentist. But then he decided he wanted to be loved instead.   Like many other contestants this year, he was a finalist in a version of The Voice.

Here’s the gritty, urban, but life-affirming video…

Perhaps the point of the French verse and the English chorus is to make a point about the superiority of the French to the English language.  Perhaps far from being a concession to an anglophone international audience, it’s actually a clever assertion of Francophone supremacy.  The verses sound better than the choruses for two reasons – firstly because a Francophone singing French always sound more natural and dramatic than a Francophone singing in a foreign tongue.  In addition, the actual interest of verse lyrics is nearly always greater than chorus lyrics.  Verses deal in specifics whereas choruses deal in generalities.  Verses treat concrete examples while choruses repeat abstractions.  The strength of any chorus depends on its melody, the memorable hook that you are more likely to hum than any other part of the song.  The burden of sustaining interest during the verses falls disproportionately on the narrative of the lyric.

France may not win Eurovision this year, but they may have performed something of a witty linguistic coup disguised as an apparent Anglophone concession.  French is best.  Especially if you are in fact French.  And that’s better than winning Eurovision isn’t it?
On the other hand, there’s Spain…

Italy offers a bit more solemnity…

Here’s Germany.

Now Belgium is not particularly silly.  Just linguistically clumsy

For a more sinister “fairy tale” unheimlich – go Albania

You may (indeed should) prefer Georgia.

If you want something very mainstream – go Norway…

Or, if you favour a keening wail of historical pain and suffering – here’s Ukraine…

Most people will want something a bit more optimistic.  Like Denmark’s effort – see below…

Bulgaria could learn a lot about positive thinking from Søren.

If you’re keen on Balkan Country and Western Music, then you’ll like Slovenia’s entry…

Australia, bizarrely, are back…

If, in the meantime,  you want to watch an implausible love story involving a sex worker from Vilnius – try Lithuania’s entry…

Here, by the way – is Macedonia’s offering…

Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.

Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…

Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…

In the meantime, here is Israel:

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

And here’s cheery Latvia,

Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative  –

Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…

More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

More chillingly, here is Estonia

But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus

On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…

And Russia…

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry



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