Amir Haddad joins Stéphane Bern and Marianne James as the French commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Today the French broadcaster France 2 had revealed that Amir Haddad will also be commentating the contest for France along with already confirmed Stéphane Bern and Marianne James. Amir represented the country in Stockholm with his song “J’ai Cherché”, which placed 6th with 257 points in the final, one of their best attempts since 2002.
Stéphane Bern and Marianne James have commentated on the Eurovision Song Contest together since the 2015 contest, and have also been confirmed as commentators again for 2017. The duo have been the commentators for France during the finals of the contest since the contest was moved from France 3 to France 2. Amir now joins them commentating for the first time.
This year France has internally selected 28 year old Alma with her song “Requiem” to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Alma 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”.
It has recently been reported that Alma will sing her song “Requiem” in both English and French at the contest. The final version doesn’t yet have a release date.
Source: France 2
[tw-accordion-section title=”France in the Eurovision Song Contest”]
France was one of the seven original countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date they have participated in every contest excluding 1974 and 1982. Their last victory came in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant” in London, beating the United Kingdom by 15 points. Since 2000 France has finished in the top five just two times and has finished in the bottom 20, seven times. France is a member of the Big Five meaning that alongside Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom they are directly qualified for the final every year.