Le Parisien reports that France Televisions has selected Tom Leeb to represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
30 year old singer Tom Leeb has been selected to represent France at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest according to Le Parisien. The singer has according to the paper been internally selected by the French national broadcaster to compete in this years contest in Rotterdam.
Tom Leeb is the son of comedian Michel Leeb and has been performing as a singer since 2018. He released his debut single “Are We Too Late” in 2018 and has said that he is inspired by John Mayer and Matt Corby. He released his debut album Recollection in 2019.
As of the start of December France Télévisions wascurrently assessing whether it will shift to one prime time show with three or four songs and acts or internally select both the song and act.
In the past two years France has used Destination Eurovision to select their singer and song for the competition. The show has had mixed results, following France’s revival in the competition between 2016 and 2017.
France Televisions has not confirmed whether Tom Leeb has been selected to represent France at Eurovision 2020.
Source: Le Parisien
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.