France: Natasha St-Pier and Anggun at the musicals

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Operatic pop band Il Divo are to release an album of duets featuring not one but two singers who have represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest.

A Musical Affair is a compilation of songs from Broadway musicals. Last November, an English-language version came out. It included songs from musicals such as West Side Story, South Pacific and Phantom of the Opera, and duets with Barbra Steisand, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Headley and Kristen Chenoweth. The English-language version of the album also featured a duet with Michael Ball, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with the song One step out of time.

A year on, a new version of the album is set to be released containing several French-language tracks from musicals such as Les dix commandements and Notre-dame de Paris, and several popular French singers. Notably, the band duet with Natasha St-Pier on the track Aimer from the musical Roméo et Juliette. They also sing with Anggun on the track Who wants to live forever which featured in the musical We will rock you, and has also been covered by Edyta Górniak, Poland’s representative at Eurovision in 1994. Although Natasha St-Pier and Anggun do not sing together on this album, they duetted on the concept album Thérèse – Vivre d’amour in 2013.

Natasha St-Pier represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 with the song Je n’ai que mon âme. She finished in fourth position, a result that hasn’t been beaten by any other French representative since Amina finished in 2nd place in 1991. Anggun came in 22nd place with Echoes (You and I) when she represented the country in 2012 when the contest was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

A Musical Affair (version française) will be available from 24 November. You can hear a preview of the band’s duet with Anggun here.

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