Tom Leeb will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for France in 2021.
This year’s French Eurovision representative, Tom Leeb, has announced on the talk show Good Morning Week-end that he will not return to the contest due to his schedule.
“We agreed with France Télévisions and it is they who will give a real answer to this, but I have a pretty busy schedule next year so I couldn’t do Eurovision.”
Tom was going to represent France at this year’s contest in Rotterdam with his song “Mon Alliée” (The Best In Me), before it was cancelled.
Alongside Tom, Cyprus’ 2020 entrant Sandro Nicolas will also not return to the contest, as revealed earlier this month.
Who is Tom Leeb?
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.
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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.