26 April 2013

Eurovision 2013: France: L'enfer et moi

Amandine Bourgeois

It was confirmed in January this year that the internal selection of L'enfer et moi (Hell and Me) sung by Amandine Bourgeois would be the representative for France in Malmö.

About Amandine Bourgeois

Like several of the singers in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Ms. Bourgeois is a product of a reality TV show. In 2008, she was the winner of the French version of Pop Idol: La Nouvelle Star

Following this success, she has since released two albums: 20 m2 (a Top 5 hit in France) and in 2012, Sans amour mon amour which was recorded at London's Abbey Road studios. Her connection with London has also seen her appear at the Royal Albert Hall as the support act to Johnny Hallyday.

Song Review: L'enfer et moi

One of the more unusual offerings at the 2013 Eurovision is this bluesy rock number that showcases Amandine Bourgeois's vocals perfectly. The melody is driven by a pounding guitar riff that steadily intensifies throughout the song. This is complemented by Amandine's rasping voice which grows evermore wild as the track progresses.

If I were a betting man, I would put some money on this song. The more I hear it, the more I enjoy it. However, as one of the Big 5 nations, it will not be performed in full at the semi-finals and could suffer as a consequence. If it has visual appeal and is performed well, then there is no reason why this should not secure a Top 10 placing. 8/10.

France has automatic entry to the Final on the evening of May 18.

What do you think of its chances?

Image: By Albin Olsson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1 comment:

  1. I love this song - Amandine is your stereotypical hot French babe, she's sings superbly live in a raunchy rock style and watching her footage from Amsterdam, she kicks the stage's ass! It should do well but amongst all the OGAE clubs and the bookies she is well down the list, so much so that if she had to qualify from a SF, I wouldn't guarantee it happening.

    She SHOULD be one of the favourites but I have this horrible feeling that with just one performance, France might end up on the right side of the scoreboard with not many points...


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