France Télévisions will send Sébastien Tellier to the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. The news was confirmed to esctoday.com today by French Head of Delegation, Bruno Berberes ahead of a press conference later today. We will represent France with the song Divine, which will be the first time the French song is sung fully in English.
Sébastien Tellier is a very strong name in the French music industry. He has worked closely with world leading bands, Daft Punk and Air, two of French music's greatest exports in recent years. The song was released on the his new Sexuality album, produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, one half of famous French duet Daft Punk. The album is currently at number two in the French chart, and is at number 77 on the itunes UK album chart.
This is quite an unusual but not strange choice for this kind of music, electro-pop, is the French music's most successful export. The music industry considers Tellier to be an established master of the “French touch,” for he has already published three albums (and a few film soundtracks). The newest was released on February 25 and has already ranked 1st place on iTunes.
According to Bruno Berberes, French Head of Delegation, who will shortly give an interview to esctoday.com about the selection process, “we deeply believe in this entry and, would this choice confuse French ballads lovers, it will help with a giving the contest a new lease of life in France”.
You can listen to Divine by clicking here for Sébastien Tellier's myspace.