The singer and actor Patrick Fiori, who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest of 1993 with Mama Corsica, has been announced as a new coach on the second season of the TF1 show The Voice Kids.
Patrick Fiori will join the singer Jenifer and musician Louis Bertignac on the panel of the talent-scouting show, which will return to TV screens in 2015. The first season of the show, which concluded on 20th September 2014, was a ratings success, averaging 5.9 million viewers.
Fiori, an industry veteran who participated in his first singing competition at just eight years of age, has expressed his enthusiasm for his new role, speaking to TF1 about the spontaneity and freshness of the talented young entrants from the first season of the show, which was won by 11-year-old Carla. He also notes how there is no rivalry between the children.
Patrick Fiori has released an album this year, entitled Choisir, which he is touring in France until April 2015. Elles, a single from the album, can be viewed below:
Born in Marseille, France, in 1969, Patrick Fiori represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest of 1993 with Mama Corsica. The song, which was written and composed by François Valéry, finished in fourth place of the Grand Final of the contest of that year, with a total of 121 points. Performed in both Corsican and French, this was the first time the Corsican language had been heard at Eurovision, until Amaury Vassili’s Sognu was selected to represent France at the contest of 2011.
France has entered the Eurovision Song Contest on 57 occasions, last winning in 1977 with Marie Myriam’s L’oiseau et l’enfant. France was represented in 2014 by Twin Twin, who performed Moustache on the Copenhagen stage.