Bilal Hassani has revealed that the revamped version of “Roi” will not be revealed until the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
France will not be revealing the updated version of “Roi” ahead of this years Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to Wiwibloggs the singer confirmed that a revamp of his song for Eurovision has taken place, but that the reveal of the updated version will not taken place until the first rehearsal in Tel Aviv.
A number of this years songs have undergone revamps ranging from major changes in Montenegro, to subtle changes to the backing track in Latvia. France and Lithuania are the only two nations to have confirmed a revamp of their song for Tel Aviv, but not yet release the songs ahead of May.
Who is Bilal Hassani?
Bilal first came to the attention of the French public in 2015 when he participated in The Voice Kids. He performed “Rise Like a Phoenix” which won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest at his audition, before being knocked out in the battle rounds.
He swept to victory in Destination Eurovision having received 50 points from the international jury, but 35.7% of the televote. From the first performance of “Roi” it took just 10 days before it had exceeded 3 million views.
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.