Last Friday night, on French private channel TF1, the yearly charity concert Les Enfoirés (“Bastards” in English) was watched by 11.6 millions viewers, reaching 48% of the TV audience. Among all the singers performing, eurofans could enjoy participations of Patrick Fiori (France 1993), Natasha St-Pier (France 2001) and Patricia Kaas (France 2009).
Fiori is one of the most regular guests of the event as he took part every year since 1999. Patricia Kaas first entered the cast in 1992 (on the 3rd edition) and was on stage on 14 occasions till then. She returned in 2010 after 2 years of absence.Les Enfoirés is the name given to the singers and performers in the concert for the Restaurants du Cœur (Les Restos du Cœur), a charity providing food and daily goods to people in need. The funds raised by the concerts and derived records and DVD are donated to Les Restos du Cœur.
The show is not a concert in which artists come to sing their own material. It is built as a kind of musical, with cover versions of famous songs, performed with funny and poetic costumes and routines.To promote sales of the CD and DVD, a song performed by all is broadcast on radio stations and musical TV channels. This year's anthem is a French version of Kiss' classic, I was made for loving you (Si l'on s'aimait, si) and a video was shooted on it. The clip video showed volunteers of Les Restos du Coeur holding mirrors in which singers and actors appeared:
One will recognize Fiori, St-Pier and Kaas… but also 2010's French "non-entrant" Willem (the one singing the high notes at 2'16"). Other artists with connection to Eurovision are Patrick Bruel (2002 French song's composer) and Thomas Dutronc, Françoise Hardy's son.