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BROADCASTER
SONG    "Echo (You And I)"
SINGER     Anggun
MUSIC    William Rousseau, Jean-Pierre Pilot
LYRICS    William Rousseau, Anggun
DRAW   #9 in the final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

On November 19th, France Télévisions confirmed its participation in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and as in the previous four years the French entry would be selected through an internal selection and that they were seeking an established artist to go to Baku.

On November 29th, France Télévisions announced that Indonesian born singer and songwriter Anggun will participate for France in Baku. On January 17th, the title of the entry was revealed and that the song "Echo (You And I)" will be performed in both English and French. FR3 made the entry public on January 26th.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Anggun is representing France at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. You’ll recognise her name because Anggun is an international star who has sold over 2 million album copies around Europe.

Anggun was already a star in South East Asia when she decided to leave everything behind to launch her international career. London, Amsterdam and finally Paris, where she met the producer who had made Céline Dion’s songs a success. Together they created the hit Snow On The Sahara, which charted in 33 countries around the world and made the Top 5 in Europe and the US Top 20.

Having taken French nationality 15 years ago, Anggun is currently the world’s most-played French-language singer, making her one of France’s finest musical exports of the decade. An artist through and through as well as a citizen of the world, Anggun is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in its fight against world hunger.

After being lucky enough to sing with major artists such as Peter Gabriel, Pras (of The Fugees), Julio Iglesias and Michael Bolton, Anggun is immensely proud to represent France at the unique event that is the Eurovision Song Contest. Anggun offers us Echo (You And I), written by the prominent French songwriting duo of Jean-Pierre Pilot and William Rousseau and mixed by Veronica Ferraro (David Guetta’s sound engineer).

Up-tempo and ambitious, Echo (You And I) is a song about the very essence of life - love between two people. As Anggun puts it in her song, despite our frenetic modern lifestyles and our consumist obsessions, what really counts and gives our life meaning is "You and I".

 

REACTION

The decision by French television to select Anggun was broadly welcomed but the reaction to the song was quite divided and mixed. The position that France drew in the running order was not seen as helping the song. No Eurovision entrant has done as much international for their Eurovision entry as Anggun, who has visited almost twenty countries and performed "Echo (You And I) on several national finals.

Despite being an automatic finalist, France's odds of winning in Baku are 100/1, making it the least likely winner in the "Big 6".  Internet polls are more positive with France being rated in the Top 20 and the Top 10 in some polls.

 

ANGGUN TALKS TO ESCTODAY

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Saturday May 19th 15:15 - 15:55 16:40 - 17:20
Sunday May 20th 15:30 - 16:00  
Friday May 25th   15:20 - 15:40
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland.

 

 

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FRANCE AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1956
  • Number of previous entries: 54
  • Best result: Winners (1958,1960,1962,1969,1977)
  • Worst result: 23rd (2000,2005)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"Schizophrenia set to music! It all seems rather disjointed as though it’s off the beat somehow and her voice is very strained almost strangled. I can’t image what it will be like live; 80s disco perhaps. Anyway it does nothing for me and I can’t see it troubling either the juries or the tele-voters."- Keith Mills.

YOUR REVIEWS

"Another song I like. There is something very interesting in the way the song is built. It is quite modern but not overtly modern to keep voters away from it and therefore it has a wide appeal. Should and could do well." - Shai Dagomi  (Netherlands)

"A good song, nothing more and nothing less. Certainly not as great as their last two entries. I would be very surprised to see this higher than 18th in the final." - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"Always tend to love French entries and this is no exception. Bizarre intro to the song, but she is gorgeous and sings great live, but think it will be lost on the voters." - Chris Church (U.K.)

"Nice song, hot video, but again, without an out-of-the-park performance a song like this won't do well in the final." - Sean P Casey (USA)

"Schizophrenia set to music! It all seems rather disjointed as though it’s off the beat somehow and her voice is very strained almost strangled. I can’t image what it will be like live; 80s disco perhaps. Anyway it does nothing for me and I can’t see it troubling either the juries or the televoters." - Allan River (UK)