The ten french participants bidding to win France's first victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in 30 years each took to the stage tonight to present their entry for the upcoming 'Eurovision 2007' national final in France. At an exclusive invitation-only event at the Reservoir Club in Paris, France Televisions. Of course, esctoday.com was there to cover the event, and several of our readers who took up the kind offer for special tickets have reported an excellent evening. With special permission, you can find clips of all ten songs in the video below.
The show was initmate and professional, showing that Bruno Berberes has got France Televisions to really push for better coverage and involvement than France has seen for several years. There is a clear desire to lift France from their recent poor results in the Eurovision Song Contest to push hard for victory by presenting a choice of varied modern music that clearly represents a wide variety of French musical tastes.
With a crowd of approximately 250 French music and media professionals, journalists and a few lucky esctoday.com readers, each participant presented their song on stage after a brief introduction from the evening's compare. The official preview videos of the ten songs were also presented on a television screen. The video clips are to be screened twice daily across French television, a further indication that France Televisions are working hard to return the Eurovision Song Contest to the heart of French musical interest, as Bruno Berberes explained last Friday to esctoday.com:
"I'm really proud of my team, last year i agreed with the selection, but this year we have some fantastic songs and we are really trying to bring Eurovision back to France. Have heard some of the songs we have to produce a show that appeals to the whole French market and not just the Eurovision fans".
Jonatan Cerrada and Marie Myriam, France's last winner in 1977 were special guests of the evening and one half of the national final host team, Julien Lepers, was in attendance. The afterparty featured an open bar, which we understand our famous member, monsieur Hermes reloaded took full advantage of!
You can click the 'play' icon below to listen to clips of the songs and post your views in the reactions section below.
You can also win a special press kit – a special book featuring information on all ten artists with the compilation CD that will be released later this year. To win, simply send your correct answers to the following questions along with your name, esctoday.com membership number and mailing address to [email protected]
- What was the last band to enter the Eurovision Song Contest representing France?
- How many French entries at the Eurovision Song Contest have not been sung entirely in French?
- When did France last finish in the top three at the Eurovision Song Contest?
esctoday.com would like to thank Hermes reloaded for his special opinions and reports, and would like to wish him a speedy journey to the headache tablets in the morning.