France: Florent Mothe to represent France in 2017?

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Florent Mothe, a French singer, actor and musician, has expressed interest in representing France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

A native of Val-d’Oise, 35-year-old Florent began singing and performing when he was 7 years old. In 1996, he formed the metal band Lost Smile and toured the whole of France. He moved to Canada when he was 24, performing in bars there.

His big break came in 2008, when he posted a cover of Queen’s Bohemian rhapsody on Myspace and was spotted by Warner Discs. He then joined the cast of the musical Mozart, l’opéra rock, for which he is most famous.

Florent Mothe won the Francophone Revelation award at the NRJ music awards and released his first solo album in 2013.

He took part in this year’s Danse avec les stars, but was eliminated last Saturday. Fresh from his elimination, he told press how he couldn’t wait to start a new project. In an interview with Télé-Loisirs, he said he could see himself representing France at Eurovision in 2017.

I enjoy a challenge. I did Mozart, l’opéra rock, I did King Arthur… it was not my plan to perform in musicals, but I did it. I did Danse avec les stars even though I’m not a dancer… I love a big challenge! Eurovision would be a big project, but why not?

France were represented by Amir in the 2016 Eurovision song contest, who finished in sixth place with 257 points with his song J’ai cherché, giving France their best result since 2002.

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