Silvàn Areg has been forced to change the title of his song “Le Petit Nicolas” to “Allez leur dire” (Go and tell them).
Ahead of the final of France’s Eurovision selection show Destination Eurovision, finalist Silván Areg took to social media to announce that the title of his song had to change due to copyright reasons. The song was originally named after French children’s books, created by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé.
“The song is now called ‘Allez leur dire’ after the rightful owners, Mr. Goscinny and Mr. Sempé misinterpreted our little well meant and affectionate wink, which we tried to make”.
The final of Destination Eurovision will take place on Saturday 26th January, where France will decide on who they want to see at the Eurovision Song Contest. Eight artists will participate in the contest, facing critiques from three panel members in the studio, who will not contribute towards the final decision, but will give their opinions on each of the performances.
The finalists are:
- Bilal Hassani – Roi
- Aysat – Comme une grande
- Chimène Badi – Là-haut
- Silvàn Areg – Allez leur dire
- Seemone – Tous les Deux
- Doutson – Sois un bon fils
- Emmanuel Moire – La promesse
- The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha
Destination Eurovision was used for the first time in 2018, which featured two pre-recorded semi-finals and the live grand final. This was the first time since 2014 that France opted to hold a national final. The winner was chosen by 50% public televoting and 50% international jury. France was represented by Madame Monsieur in 2018 in Lisbon, who placed 13th in the grand final with their song “Mercy”.
Source: Silvàn Areg
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.