Bad news for Amandine Bourgeois, the 2013 French Eurovision hopeful. Following her low placing in Malmö, the young singer will not release a new original album in the end. However, she will record an album made of her own renditions of songs that have marked the most important moments of her life instead. The album is due for release in November 2013.
Winner of the popular TV talent show Nouvelle Star (French version of Pop Idol) in 2008, Amandine Bourgeois was selected to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Sweden whereas her career was already in danger. Her first album 20 m² had only sold 60,000 copies and her follow-up album had failed to impress the public. The young singer even had to cancel her tour. Her selection to fly the French flag in Malmö came as a big surprise and was mainly seen as the ultimate chance to relaunch her declining music career. Amandine Bourgeois signed indeed a new contract with the record label Warner for her Eurovision entry L’enfer et moi and an original album which would include the track.
Unfortunately, having ended 23rd out of 26 participating countries in the big final, plans are now different for Amandine Bourgeois. The singer has announced that she will eventually record an album entirely made of covers, her own renditions of some of the songs she grew up with and that have marked her life. One can expect to find the tracks she performed for her first castings or the first musicals she appeared in. Amandine had always refused to record an album made of covers, privileging original compositions only but it clearly seems that the singer is not in position to decide what to do anymore. The album should be released in November 2013.