This evening, France have revealed that Alma will be their representative in the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. She will sing “Requiem” in Kyiv.
28-year old Alma is a rising star in France, and has been named one of 2017’s most promising young artists by French media. She is set to release her debut album on 5th May, little over a week before she takes to the stage in Kyiv. Like most other songs on her upcoming album, “Requiem” has been written by Nazim Khaled who also co-wrote Amir’s “J’ai cherché”, which represented France in last year’s contest and finished in 6th place, their highest position since 2002.
Amal is also a songwriter herself, and has been pursuing music professionally since earning her business degree. In an interview with eurovision.tv, she expressed her delight at having been chosen to represent France at this year’s contest:
I’m deeply honoured to have been selected to represent my country, France, at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. I strongly hope to count on the public’s love and support to deliver the best performance possible
This version of “Requiem” will be tweaked and finalised before it appears on stage in Kyiv. This version will be released in the coming weeks. As part of the big 5, France will only perform live in the grand final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on 13th May.
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France was one of six countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has since participated in every contest except for 1974 and 1982. 1974’s withdrawal was caused by the death of President Georges Pompidou, while 1982’s withdrawal was a result of TF1 declining to enter the contest. France has won the contest on five occasions, the most recent being in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France’s best result of the 2000s came in 2001 when Natasha St-Pier finished 4th in Copenhagen.