One half of the duo Madame Monsieur, Émilie Satt, will provide backing vocals for France at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
It has been revealed by French newspaper 20 Minutes that Émilie Satt from Madame Monsieur will provide backing vocals for Bilal in Tel Aviv. Émilie and Jean-Karl co-wrote this year’s French entry, and had previously announced that they would travel to Israel to support the singer.
Madame Monsieur represented France at last years contest in Lisbon with their song “Mercy”. The pair met in 2008, and formed Madame Monsieur in 2013, with Émilie taking the role of vocalist, and Jean-Karl the producer. Their debut album Tandem was released in November 2016. France finished 13th in the final with a total of 173 points, they finished 8th with the juries on 114 points but 17th with the public scoring 59 points.
Representing France this year is Bilal with his song “Roi”. He will take to the stage for their first rehearsal this afternoon alongside the other Big Five countries and host country Israel. Follow our coverage of the rehearsals here on Eurovoix.com.
Source: 20 Minutes
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.