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France: Alma – Requiem

  France have just confirmed the rumour that Alma will represent the nation in Kiev with the song Requiem.  Requiem is a stylish sequel to follow on from last year's success under the leadership of Head of Delegation, Edoardo Grassi. It demonstrates France are a nation on the up. However, whereas J'ai cherché was an accessible, radio friendly pop song with modern, Scandie influences, Requiem is a more sophisticated composition with limited appeal in current form. That's not to take anything away from the song; it really is a classy entry, but it's not the mainstream pop song that romps the televote.…
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Alm-ighty!

I suspect France will get a similar voting split to 2009 when Patricia Kass did very well with the juries, but was largely overlooked by televoters.

User Rating: 3.58 ( 29 votes)

 
France have just confirmed the rumour that Alma will represent the nation in Kiev with the song Requiem. 

Requiem is a stylish sequel to follow on from last year’s success under the leadership of Head of Delegation, Edoardo Grassi. It demonstrates France are a nation on the up. However, whereas J’ai cherché was an accessible, radio friendly pop song with modern, Scandie influences, Requiem is a more sophisticated composition with limited appeal in current form. That’s not to take anything away from the song; it really is a classy entry, but it’s not the mainstream pop song that romps the televote.

Alma’s delicate vocal can drift off key at times, but this is easily remedied with backing singers, as we saw with Amir last year. I think the main problem on show in the live video is Alma’s naivety: her movements look a tad forced and it seems to lack fun. OK, she’s performing to a theatre audience, but for someone in their late twenties, I would expect better stage craft.

There are two ways they can go here: either take the dark, cuban club look and expand on the tango dancer concept, or go a bit wild and attempt to add greater staging contrast during the chorus, which should help Alma let loose a bit. I prefer the latter given Requiem is a long three minutes with very few take away moments for the average TV viewer. There’s plenty here for the juries, but by the time we get to Kiev, there will be several more accessible songs ahead of this.

I suspect France will get a similar voting split to 2009 when Patricia Kass did very well with the juries, but was largely overlooked by televoters. At the moment I place France 8th-15th. If they can nail the presentation, a strong top-10 finish could be secure.

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17 comments

  1. Not the biggest fan of her vocals, though, there are a bit wobbly at places, especially at 0:40. Of course she could be helped by the backing vocals, but it looks like the song fails to build up. Maybe a little too static, too?

  2. Good entry. Upper mid table, maybe low top 10, staging pending. France have lifted themselves from the foot of the table with some sensible internal selections. Germany, Spain – take note.

  3. Based on 3 initial listens I am struggling to understand what you see in this, Gav. For me the song is okay, but the production is lacking some oomph (for want of a more technical phrase). It’s sung entirely in French which will hold it back and (as Walrus says) the live vocal was shaky.

    Appearance-wise Alma reminds me a bit of Italy’s Francesca Michilien from last year. Song-wise too there might be parallels. On first hearing I was somewhat underwhelmed by No Degree, but so many of the fans loved it. It then started to grow on me to the point that I suspected that it could make top 10 only to see it end 16th on the night. I remember thinking at the time I should have trusted my initial impressions because these turned out to be right all along. I suspect I will be reminding myself of that advice when considering how to bet regards Requiem.

  4. Acoustics aren’t really the best in this clip, but she seems competent live. It reminds me of “Dernière danse”, which was a HUGE hit in France a couple of years ago.

  5. Its a good song, that I can’t deny and I do like listening to it but I can’t help but feel its destined to go the same way as Italy did last year, a song that everyone thinks will do well and will do well amongst fans but in the end will do average at eurovision. I dont dislike it at all but after listening to it twice I still can’t remember how it goes no matter how hard I try.

  6. I think this is the first over hyped song of the year. I think it’s the relief of an uptempo song that’s causing bias. It’s very repetitive, it sounds awkward and she’s not cutting it live for me. I seriously think bottom 5, I can’t see this going anywhere on the televote.

  7. Have to say she is extremely pretty and looks like the kind of singer you can rely on delivering a good performance so as far as the artist is concerned France have a big tick next to there name, the question is can she perform the song to another level which might be required if France want a top 10?

  8. Good song, probably fighting with Albania for the best song so far…but her live vocals are a huge concern.

  9. This needs a lot of work.Her delivery is poor,but im not sure if that is because this is simply a reprise and she is freestyling a bit?.They need to tighten it up a lot and try to make use of her quirky style.Need to see a lot more of the direction this takes before id get involved with it.

  10. A 38-second snippet has been posted on a French website, showing off the remix for this song. I’m baffled. It sounds nice in parts, but the French-English-French alternation looks forced.

    http://www.melty.fr/alma-a-l-eurovision-2017-la-version-franco-anglaise-de-requiem-en-ecoute-exclu-a594724.html

  11. If someone needs a translation:

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