Bilal Hassani is a French singer and YouTuber. He will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Roi" after scoring 200 points in the final of Destination Eurovision. Hassani was born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family from Casablanca, his mother is a naturalised French citizen. He has an older brother, born in 1995, he obtained his literary baccalaureate in 2017. In 2005, at the age of 5, Hassani began singing for his family. In 2015, encouraged by his friend Nemo Schiffman, a finalist of the first season, Hassani participated in the second season of The Voice Kids and introduced himself in the blind auditions by singing a cover of "Rise Like a Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst, a singer whom he admires, he joined the team of judge Patrick Fiori. He was eliminated during the battle rounds by Lenni-KimIn 2018, the LGBT magazine Têtu designated Hassani as one of the "30 LGBT+ who move France"; the magazine described him as "an icon for French LGBT+ youth". On 6 December 2018, Hassani was announced to be among the 18 candidates participating in Destination Eurovision, the French national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest which broadcasts on France 2, with this edition choosing the representative of France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, which will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel in May 2019.
On 20 December 2018, an excerpt from his song for the competition was released, the song titled "Roi" and written with the duo and 2018 winner of Destination Eurovision Madame Monsieur. The song was described to be about self-acceptance. On 4 January 2019, "Roi" was made available on all music platforms, by 14 January, it had exceeded 3 million views; the newspaper Le Monde wrote that Hassani "leaves no one indifferent". The initial front runner to represent France at Eurovision, Hassani began a media tour for Destination Eurovision on media outlets such as NRJ, France Inter. On 12 January 2019, he won his semi-final by winning 58 out of 60 points awarded by the international jury, winning 57 points from the French public, he qualified for the final, alongside Chimène Badi, Silvàn Areg and Aysat. He won the final on 26 January 2019, with a total of 200 points including 150 of the French public while he was ranked fifth with the international jury vote with 50 points. On 23 June 2017, Hassani publicly announced his homosexuality on social networks the day before he went to Paris Pride.
He has been described as queer. Starting in December 2018, Hassani has been the victim of cyber-harassment and has received racist and homophobic attacks and death threats. In response to this, the organizations Urgence Homophobie and Stop Homophobie joined forces to take legal action against anyone who has insulted, discriminated against or threatened him on social networks, including Twitter. By 27 January 2019, the two organizations identified 1,500 insulting, discriminating or hateful tweets because of his sexual orientation and/or physical appearance. Hassani has filed a complaint to those who may be identified with these lawsuits, citing "insults, incitement to hatred and violence and homophobic threats"
Madame Monsieur is a French duo consisting of vocalist Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas. They represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with the song "Mercy", finishing in 13th place in the grand final. Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas first met in 2008, formed Madame Monsieur in 2013. In 2015, they composed the song "Smile" for the French rapper Youssoupha, participated in Taratata; the duo released their debut album Tandem on 4 November 2016. On 1 January 2018, they were confirmed to be taking part in Destination Eurovision, the French national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Mercy", they qualified from the second semi-final on 20 January to the final held on 27 January. In the final, they placed third with the international juries but placed first with the French public, amassing a high enough amount of combined points to win the competition, they represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 held in Lisbon, Portugal coming in thirteenth place.
As well as receiving the Marcel Bezençon Press Award, they were the runner-up of the OGAE fan vote, just behind actual winner Netta Barzilai of Israel. In 2018, they provided French commentary for France 2 at that year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest alongside Stéphane Bern, they co-wrote the song Roi with Bilal Hassani, who will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The group's musical style has been likened by The Huffington Post and Wiwibloggs to avant-pop singer-songwriter Christine and The Queens. Émilie Satt — lead vocals Jean-Karl Lucas — production, backing vocals
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
France has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 times since its debut at the first contest in 1956. France is one of only seven countries to be present at the first contest, has been absent from only two contests in its history, missing the 1974 and 1982 contests. Along with Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, France is one of the "Big Five" who are automatically allowed to participate in the final because they are the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union. France has won the contest five times. France first won the contest in 1958 with "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. Three more victories followed in the 1960s, with "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, "Un Premier Amour" performed by Isabelle Aubret in 1962 and "Un jour, un enfant" performed by Frida Boccara, who won in 1969 in a four-way tie with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. France's fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant".
France have finished second four times, with Paule Desjardins, Catherine Ferry, Joëlle Ursull and Amina, who lost out to Sweden's Carola in a tie-break. After reaching the top five in 24 contests in the 20th century, France has had less success in the 21st century, only making the top five twice, with Natasha St-Pier fourth in 2001 and Sandrine François fifth in 2002. France finished last for the first time in 2014. France have failed to reach the top 10 in 14 of the last 16 contests, the exceptions being Patricia Kaas, eighth in 2009, Amir, sixth in 2016. Several French broadcasters have been used to present Eurovision in the country RTF, ORTF and TF1. Since 1983, France Télévisions has been responsible for France's participation in the contest, with the final being broadcast on France 2 and France 3, the semi-final which France votes in broadcast on France 4 and France Ô; the semi-final in 2004 was not broadcast. The viewers which were close enough to Monaco, were able to see the semi-final via TMC Monte-Carlo.
From 2015, France 2 resumed the responsibility of organising an entry and broadcasting the final and from 2016, both semi-finals will be broadcast by France 4. The change is an attempt to secure better results in forthcoming contests. Radio coverage has been provided, although not every year, by France Inter from 1971 to 1998 and since 2001, France Bleu. In 1982, RTL Radio transmitted the contest due to the country's absence that year. France has changed the selection process used in order to find the country's entry for the contest, either a national final or internal selection has been held by the broadcaster at the time. France is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision, winning the contest five times, coming second four times and coming third seven times. France was ranked first in number of victories without interruptions from 1960 to 1993. Moreover, Amina was close to victory with the song "Le Dernier qui a parlé..." in 1991, when she finished in joint first place. Therefore, the'countback' rule applied, but both countries had an equal number of twelve points, but the victory went to Sweden, when France had fewer 10-point scores.
Today, with the new rules, France would have won the competition, because they received points from more countries than Sweden. One year before, France was close to winning with Joëlle Ursull performing Serge Gainsbourg's song "White and Black Blues"; the song finished in equal second place with Ireland's entry. However, in recent years, the French results have been somewhat disappointing. Since 1998, when the televoting was invented, France has always been in the bottom-10 countries in the final, coming 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th. France finished in last place, for the first time in their Eurovision history, in 2014 with only 2 points. Yet, France have had some good results during the 21st century. In 2001, Canadian singer Natasha St-Pier came 4th for France with her song "Je n'ai que mon âme", being the favourite to win the contest by fans and odds; this good result was carried into the 2002 contest, when Sandrine François came 5th with "Il faut du temps" and received the Marcel Bezençon international press award for the best entry of that year.
The positive experience with Sébastien Tellier in 2008 created considerable interest among the French show business for the contest, which resulted in the fact that Eurovision is seen now in the French media as a great advertising campaign and it has been decided that big names will represent France in the future. With these ambitions, the French superstar Patricia Kaas represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia. Kaas is one of the most successful French-speaking singers in the world and she has sold over 16 million records worldwide, she ended in 8th place. Kaas received the Marcel Bezençon artistic award, voted on by previous winners and presented to the best artist. In the 2016 Contest in Stockholm, Amir with his song, "J'ai cherché", ended in 6th place and broke a 40-year record by scoring the most points in France's Eurovision history, by scoring 257 points in the final. Since their debut in 1956 France has only missed two contests, in 1974 and 1982. In 1974, after selecting a singer and song to represent them at the contest, France withdrew after the President of France Georges Pompidou died in the week of the contest.
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Mercy (Madame Monsieur song)
"Mercy" is a song written and performed by French duo Madame Monsieur. The song was released as a digital download on 20 January 2018 through Low Wood and Play Two as the lead single from their second studio album Vu d'ici, it represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal. "Mercy" was produced by Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas. The song is about a girl named Mercy, born to Nigerian refugees on a boat on the Mediterranean Sea in the midst of the European migrant crisis, it is a play with words using the French word "merci" meaning "thanks" but "mercy" like the English word and first name. On 1 January 2018, Madame Monsieur were confirmed as one of the 18 participants in Destination Eurovision with the song "Mercy", they advanced from the second semi-final on 20 January, after placing first with the international jury and tying for first with the Francophone jury. They went on to compete in the final on 27 January, placing third with the international juries but winning a landslide share of the vote from the French public, amassing enough points to win the competition.
As France is a member of the "Big Five", the song automatically advanced to the final, held on 12 May 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. At the Eurovision Grand Final, they won the Press Marcel Bezençon Award, by being voted the best entry by the accredited media and press at the event, they finished 13th overall out of 43 participating countries. The single started at number 8 on top singles sales in France; the next week, it peaked at number 3. After the Grand Final, the song rose to number 2
Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad, better known as Amir Haddad, or as Amir, is a French-Israeli singer and songwriter. He took part in 2006 in the Israeli music competition Kokhav Nolad, released his album Vayehi in 2011 and was a finalist in French competition The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Jenifer finishing third in the competition, he represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "J'ai cherché", which finished in 6th place. Haddad was born in France to Sephardic Jewish parents from Tunisia and Morocco, he grew up in Sarcelles and immigrated to Israel in 1992 at the age of 8 as part of Aliyah residing in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv district. He sang as a young child in various social events. Amir only hears the left side, he came to fame in 2006 with his participation in the fourth season of the Israeli song competition Kokhav Nolad, the Israeli equivalent of the Pop Idol held May to September 2006. He was the first candidate to sing French language songs during the audition.
He advanced for 4 stages before being eliminated. The series was won by Jacko Eisenberg. Not winning in the season, he finished his obligatory military service in the Israeli Defence Forces and continued his studies in dentistry in Hebrew University of Jerusalem graduating in 2012, his song "Kache limtso milim", the Hebrew version of Patrick Bruel's French hit "J'te l'dis quand même", came alongside a music video. Bruel loved Amir's rendition so much he invited him to sing it with him in a grand event in Raanana Park on 23 May 2008 in front of 8000 spectators, he sang it yet again much in 2013, during the gala in tribute of Anaelle Ledoroth in Paris on 27 May 2013. In 2011, Amir Haddad released his debut studio album Vayehi co-written by himself and Omri Dagan during the years when Amir was a university student; the album included his popular version of "Kache limtso milim". He revived a 1990s hit "Désenchantée" by French artist Mylène Farmer. Haddad's version was produced by the famous Israeli producer Offer Nissim.
Meanwhile, he pursued his passion in music. At the end of the competition, Haddad was signed to a French label, creating a following in France, the United States and Brazil in addition to Israel, he cooperated with a number of artists, notably Shlomi Shabat, Haim Moshe, Dudu Aharon, Gad Elbaz and Eyal Golan. In 2014, he took part in season 3 of the French television series The Voice: la plus belle voix broadcast on TF1 from 11 January 2014 to 10 May 2014. In the blind auditions, Haddad sang "Candle in the Wind" from Elton John with all four coaches, Mika and Florent Pagny turning their chairs. Haddad chose to be part of Team Jenifer, he made it to the Final. Amir toured France with other The Voice finalists, he appeared in compilation album Forever Gentleman 2, in the concert by charity association Leurs voix pour l'espoir in Olympia, appeared in the #OBJETPUBLIC calendar of the magazine Public and many other appearances. He released a music video for "Candle in the Wind", a song he had interpreted during the blind auditions in The Voice.
He is preparing a first album in French. In 2015, he released the hit single "Oasis" under the mononym Amir charting in SNEP, the French Singles Chart. In 2016 he was selected by French public broadcaster France 2 to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Amir's song was chosen internally by France 2 by a committee headed by France 2 entertainment director Nathalie André and the newly appointed French Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest Edoardo Grassi after having received 280 submissions; the song titled "J'ai cherché" is co-written by Amir himself, Nazim Khaled and Johan Errami and contains lyrics in a bilingual mix of French and English. France 2 had planned to reveal the entry on 12 March 2016, information that Amir would represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was leaked on 25 February 2016 during the D8 talk show programme Touche pas à mon poste!, hosted by Cyril Hanouna. "J'ai cherché" was edited and remixed by Skydancers and Nazim Khaled at the request of the French broadcaster since the song exceeded three minutes in its original version, released as the first single from Amir's forthcoming album.
The entry was formally presented to the public on 12 March 2016 during the France 2 programme The DiCaire Show, hosted by Véronic DiCaire. The song finished 6th overall in the grand final with 257 points, France's best placing since 2002 and the country's highest-scoring entry in their contest history, he released his second studio album Au cœur de moi on 29 April 2016, the album has peaked at number 6 on the French Albums Chart and has been certified double platinum, the album has charted in Belgium and Switzerland, earning a gold certification in Switzerland. "On dirait" was released as the third single from the album on 29 August 2016. The song has peaked at number 15 on the French Singles Chart and on June 17, 2017, won the Chanson de l'Année prize at the Fête de la Musique event in Nîmes. "Au cœur de moi" was released as the fourth single from the album on 6 February 2017. He joined Stéphane Bern and Marianne James as a commentator for France 2 at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv on May 13.
In 2017, Amir collaborated with OneRepublic on the French remix of their new single "No Vacancy". On 25 August 2017, he released "États d'Amour" as the lead single from his third studio album, which will be released on 27 October 2017. On 7 September 2017 he announced that his th
Pierre Garand, known by his stage name Garou, is a French Canadian singer and actor from Sherbrooke, Quebec. He is known for his work in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris and the No. 1 hits "Belle", "Seul", "Sous le vent", "La Rivière de notre enfance". He holds the SNEP record for most weeks at No. 1. Garou began playing the guitar at the age of three at the encouragement of his father, he started a band in 1992 called the Untouchables. In 1997, he was discovered by Luc Plamondon while singing American blues tunes in a Sherbrooke bar, he was drafted by Plamondon to play the role of Quasimodo in his musical Notre-Dame de Paris, which made him a star in France. His first album Seul became the best-selling French album of 2001 and remains one of the best-selling French albums of all time, achieving 2 million sales in Europe and going three times platinum in Canada, he continued his string of hits with a live album and his sophomore effort Reviens in 2003. Sales for his third album Garou remained strong and he released his English crossover Piece of My Soul in 2008.
The album debuted at # 2 in # 3 in France. Despite this, the album became his first album in France not to reach platinum status although it became his best-selling album in North America in seven years, his next album, Gentleman cambrioleur features cover songs in French and English and became his first album to miss the top five in France, where it modestly peaked at #35, staying on the charts for 17 weeks. He released Version Intégrale in 2010 which became another Top 40 hit in Canada. Garou performed the Jean-Pierre Ferland song "Un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin" at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, he has performed at the charity event Les Enfoirés for the past 19 years. His latest effort Rhythm and Blues became his highest peaking album in four years, it is his second covers album and pays tribute to classic R&B music.. He hosted the first two editions of Destination Eurovision, the selection show to choose the French entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, for France 2.
Garou has become well known for his collaborations. He has worked with Luc Plamondon in Notre-dame de Paris; the single "Belle" was lifted from the musical and stayed atop the French charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks. The single remained the most successful song in French history until 2009. In 2000, he had a successful duet with Celine Dion. "Sous le vent" became his third number one single in France. In 2004 he worked with the legendary Michel Sardou for his fourth and final number one single, "La Rivière de notre enfance"; the following year he appeared with 15-year-old singer Marilou on "Tu es comme ça." He has worked with several popular songwriters, including Jean-Jacques Goldman and Pascal Obispo. For his first album in English, Garou collaborated with some of the biggest names in music; the single "Stand Up" was written by Rob Thomas. He sang the song "First Day of My Life", a big hit all over Europe in 2006 for former Spice Girl Melanie C, written by Guy Chambers and Enrique Iglesias.
Garou has a daughter named a former model. After they broke up he dated entertainer Arwa Jassem known as Lahlouba. From 2007 to June 2010 he dated French singer Lorie. Garou is a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 1999. Seul Reviens Garou Piece of My Soul Gentleman cambrioleur Version intégrale Rhythm and Blues Au milieu de ma vie It's Magic! List of Quebec musicians Music of Quebec Culture of Quebec Official website Biography of Garou, from Radio France Internationale Fan-club officiel en Russie
France the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean, it is bordered by Belgium and Germany to the northeast and Italy to the east, Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans; the country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nice. During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia.
The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia which became the Kingdom of France in 987 emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages following its victory in the Hundred Years' War. During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world; the 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Protestants. France became Europe's dominant cultural and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, established one of modern history's earliest republics, saw the drafting of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day. In the 19th century, Napoleon established the First French Empire, his subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870.
France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and dissolved in the course of the Algerian War; the Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s and retained close economic and military connections with France. France has long been a global centre of art and philosophy, it hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually. France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, human development.
France is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, La Francophonie. Applied to the whole Frankish Empire, the name "France" comes from the Latin "Francia", or "country of the Franks". Modern France is still named today "Francia" in Italian and Spanish, "Frankreich" in German and "Frankrijk" in Dutch, all of which have more or less the same historical meaning. There are various theories as to the origin of the name Frank. Following the precedents of Edward Gibbon and Jacob Grimm, the name of the Franks has been linked with the word frank in English, it has been suggested that the meaning of "free" was adopted because, after the conquest of Gaul, only Franks were free of taxation.
Another theory is that it is derived from the Proto-Germanic word frankon, which translates as javelin or lance as the throwing axe of the Franks was known as a francisca. However, it has been determined that these weapons were named because of their use by the Franks, not the other way around; the oldest traces of human life in what is now France date from 1.8 million years ago. Over the ensuing millennia, Humans were confronted by a harsh and variable climate, marked by several glacial eras. Early hominids led a nomadic hunter-gatherer life. France has a large number of decorated caves from the upper Palaeolithic era, including one of the most famous and best preserved, Lascaux. At the end of the last glacial period, the climate became milder. After strong demographic and agricultural development between the 4th and 3rd millennia, metallurgy appeared at the end of the 3rd millennium working gold and bronze, iron. France has numerous megalithic sites from the Neolithic period, including the exceptiona