France Télévisions have been publishing teaser clips all week, and today we got our last snippet of the 18 entries competing to represent France in Lisbon.
The reintroduction of the national final format promised big things, but based on the samples so far, only a few songs have potential; and by potential, I mean a chance of top-10 at best (subject to live performance and staging).
Enéa – I’ll Be There
- Malo – Ciao – 46pts
- Lisandro Cuxi – Eva – 66pts
Masoe – Paradise Noée – L’un près de l’autre
- Louka – Mamma Mia – 30pts
Ehla – J’ai cru (I believed)
- Emmy Liyana – OK ou KO – 50pts
Pheno Men – Jamais sans toi (Never without you)
- Igit – Lisboa Jérusalem (Lisbon Jerusalem)
- Jane Constance – Un jour j’ai rêvé (I dreamt one day)
- June The Girl – Same
- Lucie – My World
- Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Max Cinnamon – Ailleurs (Elsewhere)
- Nassi – Rêve de gamin (Dream of a kid)
- Sarah Caillibot – Tu me manques (I miss you)
- Sweem – Là-haut (Up there)
Of the 18 entries previewed in the video above, I think Malo could put on the best visual and aural performance for both juries and televoters. Softengine would be the benchmark here. I don’t think it’s as memorable or as iconic as A Friend in London.
Sarah Caillibot offers something similar to Patricia Kass, and if France opts for the purest-Chanson direction, it wouldn’t be the worst choice. Lucie looks a little too naive to be able to match the studio version of L’un près de l’autre, which sounds like a Danish Melodi Grand Prix also ran.
Perhaps the most compelling track is Nassi’s, Rêve de gamin, with its stabbing, synth string refrain. This could sound totally different in full song form given there are no lyrics in the clip.
The semi finals will take place on January 13th and 20th, with the final, consisting of eight entries, scheduled on January 27th.
Is it OK or KO for France?