France Télévisions, the French national broadcaster, has confirmed that Tom Leeb has been selected to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 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.
Tom was previously rumoured to be the French representative for Rotterdam after reports from the newspaper Le Parisien. Tom’s entry for Eurovision will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tom commented on his selection by stating: “The Eurovision Song Contest is an iconic and unifying event; I am so proud to be representing France and I can’t wait to live this experience with you all.”
Tom is the first internally selected French Eurovision entrant since 2017. 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.
At the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, France was represented by Bilal Hassani. With his song “Roi”, he placed 16th in the Grand Final.
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.