Today, shortly after 11 AM, French talk show Le Grand Direct, on major private radio channel Europe 1, announced that France “will be represented by Jessy Matador”.
Gaëlle Placek, journalist for French weekly Télé Loisirs (and its website), was the one to give the news, before she explains that "France Télévisions is not willing to win the contest but aims to promote a song in relation to the Football World Cup and to have a smash hit for next Summer". "France's got very few chances to win Eurovision with this singer" Gaëlle Placek added. On Jean-Marc Morandini's website (the one to present the radio show), many comments have already rushed.
As we already reported on Monday evening, the final choice was to be made between Jessy Matador and Emmanuel Moire, for whom a song has also been submitted to France Télévision's HQ. In terms of fame, Matador is almost unknown to the general public. Moire was revealed thanks for the musical Le Roi Soleil, published two CD albums and is often to been on TV.As for the fan's reactions, Moire placed 2nd in a poll made last December on "Who people would like to see in Oslo" (results published on esctoday beginning of January). Some are definitely "pro" Moire, others think "something totally different could be OK". Still, the majority is disappointed due to the fact that "Eurovision is not taken as an aim for itself, but as something to help another event" (football).