Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Cohesiveness of Package
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.
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.
Are France guaranteed another top-10 this year?