The French-Israeli singer Amir Haddad who will represent France in Eurovision 2016 with the song J’ai cherché has launched its Israeli campaign today with his song being released to all radio stations in the country, along with the English version titled Looking for you via Linktone.
In an interview to the Israeli news site Ynet, Amir says that going to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest might be a mistake, looking at the poor results of France in previous years.
“I was talking to people and they all told me to go for it. They all had a feeling that this song might do things that weren’t done so far. I want to put France on the map again, as France didn’t win Eurovision for 40 years. I accepted the offer – but I wanted to release the song without talking about Eurovision, so the song would gain its success by itself. It was played on the radio for two months before being announced as the French entry. For the first time in France, a pre-released song is being sent to the Eurovision, what was accepted greatly, as people prefer to send a song they already like and know than sending a song that comes out of nowhere.”, says Amir.
Amir has previously participated in the fourth season of Kochav Nolad (Israeli Idol) and his participation in The Voice was featured and covered in Israel as well. J’ai cherché is already a favourite among the Israeli Eurovision fans and the song has received a good reception among non-fans who managed to listen to the French entry. It is expected that J’ai cherché will now find its way to the radio charts in Israel and will accompany Hovi Star who got into the national top 10 during the previous week with its Eurovision entry Made of stars.
Watch Amir covering last year’s Israeli entry Golden boy, which is originally performed by the Israeli-French singer Nadav Guedj: