The seventh artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Tom Leeb from France.
Tom Leeb was born on March 21 1989 in Paris. His father is famous French comedian and actor Michel Leeb. Tom’s first appearance on stage was alongside his father in the French proudction of Miss Doubtfire. After studying singing, acting and theatre in New York. he returned to France and was cast as Tom in the television series Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez (Under the sun of Saint Tropez) in 2013. The same year, he appeared in the film Paroles (Words). Tom is also part of a comedy duo with fellow comedian Kevin Levy. The pair have a popular YouTube channel, where they upload skits and songs.
In September 2019, Tom released his debut album Recollection. The audio clip of “Are We Too Late” has reached 25 million YouTube views. His music inspirations are male singer-songwriters like Ben Howard, Matt Corby, Bon Iver and John Mayer. He has also supported international artists such as Sting and Tom Jones.
The song that Tom will perform in Rotterdam is called “The Best of Me”. The song was written by John Lundvik, Amir Haddad, Léa Ivanne and Tom himself and was composed by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. John Lundvik represented Sweden in 2019 with “Too Late for Love” and Amir Haddad represented France in 2016 with “J’ai cherché”. Thomas G:son and Peter Boström have composed several Eurovision entries, including the 2012 winner “Euphoria”.
Tom was internally selected to represent France in Rotterdam. This was the first time since 2018 that the French entry for Eurovision was internally selected.
Tom will perform in the Grand Final on May 16.
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.