Alma will be releasing her debut album on May 5, just eight days before her appearance in the Eurovision 2017 final in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Alma this years French entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest is set to release her debut album, “Ma peau aime” on May 5. Alma is one of a number of artists this year to have an album planned for release ahead of this years contest in Ukraine, other artists include Levian from Germany and Francesco Gabbani from Italy.

France has revamped their song for this years contest since it was first revealed in February. The revamped song which was released just over a week ago has seen changes to both its instrumentation and the language it is performed in. The song is now performed in both English and French.

28-year old Alma is a rising star in France, and was named as one of the most promising artists of 2017 by French media prior to the announcement that she will represent her country in Kyiv. She lives and works in Paris, and works closely with songwriter Nazim Khaled. Khaled wrote most of the songs on Alma’s upcoming debut album, as well as France’s 2016 Eurovision entry, Amir’s “J’ai cherché”. The song finished in 6th place in Stockholm, France’s first top 10 result since Patricia Kaas’ “Et s’il fallait le faire” in 2009, and their best result since Sandrine François finished in 5th place in 2002 with “Il faut du temps”.

As a member of the Big 5, France does not need to participate in the semi-finals of this year’s Eurovision and will instead compete in the grand final on 13th May.

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France was one of seven countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Since then they have participated in every contest aside from 1974 and 1982. Their withdrawal in 1974 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, Denmark.