- Eight solo artists, three duets and a trio are in the running for Eurovision France, you decide!, the French selection for Eurovision which will be broadcast on January 30 on France 2.
- Filipina, 22, is in contention with the song Bah not.
- “I would like people to listen to my song and say to themselves: ‘She’s right, I’m going to say no too in a situation that weakens me,” “says the singer to 20 Minutes.
This year, twelve songs can hope to represent France at Eurovision Song Contest in May. But there will only be one elected. They will be decided on the evening of January 30, on France 2, as part ofEurovision France, you decide! presented by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini.
Until then 20 Minutes invites you to discover every day the artists who, solo, in duo or in trio, are involved in the competition. This Thursday, place in Philippine, 22 years old, known in particular for Always, his duet with Gavin James, and his single It’s beautiful, it’s you. “When I released this song, a lot of Eurovision songwriting blogs identified me as a potential candidate for France. I trust them ”, laughs the one who launches into the arena with Bah not.
What is your musical background?
I started playing the piano at 4 and singing lessons at 8. I was part of the Maîtrise de la Loire, from 12 to 16 years old, it was a choir, very classical, I did baroque, I also learned the harpsichord. Besides that, I did a lot of gymnastics, eight hours a week from sixth to third. I did my “first scenes” at the Théâtre des Pénitents [à Montbrison, Loire] picking up Radiohead and Lana Del Rey, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do this all my life. Since I was 12, I have never stopped composing songs. After the baccalaureate, I enrolled at the Music Academy International (MAI) where I stayed for a year. I created a group there, Eÿo… I did The Voice in 2017. Nobody looked back, but that didn’t stop me from winning the NRJ Talent 2018 competition, sponsored by Slimane. From that moment I started to meet lots of people in the musical field, I settled in Paris. Slimane wrote me the song It’s beautiful, it’s you, which talks about my mom’s bipolarity. I knew he was going to find the right words. I signed in the wake of Play Two, my label. My duet with Gavin James was a platinum single and we were nominated for the NRJ Music Awards. It is one of my greatest pride. I followed up with a tour with Gavin James, the release of the single Whatever, and there, Eurovision France with Bah not…
In what way does “Bah non” have advantages for Eurovision?
I wrote this title this summer. I was sad about a love affair. I listened a lot Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato and other titles where the artist has confidence in him or her. In France, there are not many songs on which the interpreter arrives and sings “Hello, it’s me, I want to do that, I impose myself”. Bah not, that’s it, it’s an “auto boost”, I want people, listening to this song, to feel confident, invincible, strong, courageous. That’s why I think it’s great for Eurovision, especially right now with what’s going on. People ask themselves a lot of questions, are locked in their homes, perhaps questioning themselves for unnecessary things. I would like them to listen to my song and say to themselves: “She’s right, I’m going to say no too in a situation that weakens me”.
What will your performance in “Eurovision France” look like?
There I just did two days of intense dancing [l’interview s’est déroulée le 13 janvier]. I have aches, I train non-stop. There will be choreography. My goal is to do the show. There will be a dancer, but I don’t want to say too much.
If I say “Eurovision”, which artist spontaneously comes to mind?
I think of Mahmood, who represented Italy in 2019. I discovered his album and I love it. I also really like Portuguese… (she is looking for the name, we whisper that of Salvador Sobral, winner of the competition in 2017) Yes that’s it ! Him, I adored him. I’m ashamed of not knowing his first name. When I came across his performance, his way of playing his song touched me. I cried so much it touched me. I also liked a lot Toy by the Israeli Netta [gagnante en 2018], the singer’s self-confidence, her style, her way of singing. I think it’s important to have things that are a bit offbeat.
And apart from the French selection for Eurovision, what are your projects?
My album will be released this year, I don’t know when yet. There will be lots of surprises, lots of ballads. I look forward.
Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.
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