Tonight the French entry for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest will be heard and seen performed live on television for the first time. The country’s entrant Lisa Angell will sing N’oubliez pas in an exclusive première for one of France 2’s shows.
The French national broadcaster France Télévisions announced on 23 January that the singer Lisa Angell had been chosen as the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The artist and the song were decided in an internal selection.
Lisa Angell will sing N’oubliez pas in the Eurovision Grand Final on 23 May. The song has already been circulating recorded, but it could not be seen performed on stage by the singer yet.
Earlier this week we learned from France 2 that the première performance of the French entry would be broadcast on Saturday 28 February during the program Le Grand Show. This will be the first chance for the audience and the fans to listen to Lisa presenting her entry before a live audience in a television studio.
How to watch
Le Grand Show is broadcast tonight at 20:50 CET. Lisa Angell’s exclusive première will be seen during one of the segments of the show You can follow the broadcast through:
- France 2
- Webcast on France 2′ website (in France only).
The entry and the artist
N’oubliez pas has been written by Robert Goldman, brother of Jean-Jacques Goldman. It has been described as a declaration of the duty of remembrance, and it evokes World War I. Lisa Angell stated to francetvinfo.fr that the song tells the story of a woman who is wounded and deeply touched by the vision of her village destroyed by the war. And the second part is a strong woman who vows to rebuild her village.
A pop music singer, Lisa Angell took some time to find her place, but once that was achieved, she has been dedicated to a career that has already yielded three albums.
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
France has achieved 5 victories in the Eurovision Song Contest. It has also brought some of the most memorable entries in the Contest’s history, like Tom Pillibi in 1960, sung by Jacqueline Boyer or Marie Myriam’s L’oiseau et l’enfant in 1977.
France has made it to the Top 5 a total of 25 times. Nevertheless, the past ten years have been tough for the country in Eurovision, making it only once to the Top 10 with Patricia Kaas in 2009 and ending 6 times below the 20th position.
As a member of the Big 5, France competes directly in the Grand Final, like Spain, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, and the host country.
In 2014 France was represented by TWIN TWIN with Moustache.