Arriving at France Télévisions premises on the evening of Saturday 14 May 2016, Elodie Gossuin is far from imagining that she is on the verge of becoming a cult figure of Eurovision. In a few hours, a satellite link will reconnect her to Stockholm (Sweden), where the contest will take place that year, and she will appear in front of hundreds of millions of viewers to announce the points of the French jury.
Waiting to fulfill his mission, he waits with the technical teams, attends the performances of the twenty-six finalists, including that of the French Amir, one of the favorites of this edition with his song I looked for. The refrain in English is accessible to the widest possible audience, which incorporates the emblematic “You-ou-ou-ou-ou”. The kind of gimmick that instantly sticks in your head. So much so that, when the time comes to go live on green screen, Elodie Gossuin does not greet the Swedish presenter Petra Mede with an agreed “Good evening”. No: the impeccably dressed French conductor emits a “You-ou-ou-ou-ou” as playful as it is full of false notes.
In their booth, the commentators are incredulous. Stéphane Bern is hilarious. Marianne James asks “But why? “The former Miss France will make sure later that she hasn’t prepared anything, that her ‘You’ sung was very spontaneous. Also, at the time, she was not aware that she was moving on to posterity. While Ukrainian Jamala wins Eurovision in Sweden, she greets the France 2 teams who accompanied her for this evening. She returns to her car and goes straight home.
“The next day, when I woke up, I had a headache”
“It was then that my phone didn’t stop ringing and I realized the impact, the buzzing effect”, says Elodie Gossuin 20 minutes. There was a wave of very mixed reactions between “Congratulations, you are cool” and “My God, you are the shame of France”. He was quite violent in his suddenness. The next day, when I woke up, I had a headache. We can’t prepare for this kind of comeback, with this intensity. “
“An embarrassing sequence”, “a great moment of embarrassment”, “Elodie Gossuin becomes ridiculous” … If, now, this moment makes you smile, at the time, on certain media and on social networks, the main concern is vilified. “If I had been aware that a” tu-ou-ou “could generate such reactions, I would have abstained, that’s for sure! My luck was to be supported by several people who took her to the second degree, she says today . The following Monday on the radio, I had Amir as a guest, he gave me a singing lesson, we laughed about it. Since then, we have had a very strong bond. Daphné Bürki called me to have a good laugh on his show The New Edition [sur Canal+]. This helped defuse things. They gave me their support and the fact that they can joke about it encouraged me to be self-deprecating. “
While the Europeans soon forgot that the French jury awarded its 12 points to Italy in 2016, many of them have fond memories of the spokesperson. France Télévisions also asked him to re-enlist for the 2017 and 2018 editions of Eurovision. “They got back to me because all the delegations wanted the” you-ou-ou girl “, the” French you-ou-ou miss “, anticipates Elodie Gossuin who, especially last autumn, became aware of her popularity in the competition. , during the Eurovision Junior press conference organized in Paris: “I participated as a master of ceremonies for the event, but the ‘you-ou-ou-ou-ou’ came up in the questions of all the foreign journalists!”
“Bring lightness into the most tense moment of the evening”
When it was announced in mid-April that she would once again be the French jury spokesperson for Eurovision 2022, the news delighted fans of the competition, for whom she is now a full-fledged member of the competition family. “I feel I have won Eurovision at some point, without my remembering the year,” she laughs.
Why so much love? “She has personality, she brings lightness to the most tense moment of the evening and she is a very competent facilitator. Many spokespersons do not have the natural gift of expressing themselves on television, which is why Elodie stands out, “replies the British Nathan Waddell, editor-in-chief of the ESCXtra website.
“In hindsight, I am proud of this sequence, assures Elodie Gossuin. All in all, of course, because it’s not a particular achievement that I should be able to brag about, but today I think we need you-oooo, cheerful, festive, entertainment. If, as I try to do in the morning on the radio on RFM, it brings smiles, that’s not bad. “
“There is an anxiety to manage”
This Saturday he will therefore be there to reveal the points of the French jury. We should expect him to hum Fulenn or say a few words in Breton in a nod to Alvan and Ahez, the French representatives? “I won’t prepare anything,” she warns. Apart from what will be imposed on me on the technique, the repetitions, the language to use, I will come without anticipating anything. “
Elodie Gossuin points out that, contrary to appearances, this exercise is not a formality. “It may seem like a long time, there is an anxiety to manage. From one second to the next, it goes from loneliness to being seen by millions of viewers. We are not in the party atmosphere as we are not in the room to experience the event. Many think that one sentence is enough, but even with the teleprompter, on green screen, it is very complex to manage. Professionally, it is very educational. And it can even make you adore it.