France’s Eurovision 2020 artist Tom Leeb has performed an acoustic version of his song for the contest.
Following the reveal of the French Eurovision entry last Sunday, Tom Leeb appeared on “A La Bonne Heure” on RTL to give an acoustic performance of his song “The Best of Me”. The reveal of his entry, which took place at the Eiffel Tower, was viewed by over 4 million people on France 2.
The songwriters behind the song are Thomas G:son and Peter Boström who wrote “Euphoria” (Sweden 2012) and John Lundvik who represented Sweden in 2019. Furthermore Amir who represented France at Eurovision 2016 was also involved with the song.
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 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.
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.