What the foreign media think of the song from France and its Top 10 chances

From our special correspondent in Turin (Italy)

Mahmood, the Italian representative, said on Swedish television that France’s song was her favorite Eurovision song this year. The Dutch S10, she told us, on the sidelines of the interview she gave us, that she liked her a lot Fulenn. Despite everything, the French candidacy for this edition, led by Alvan and Ahez, arouses less enthusiasm than that of Barbara Pravi last year with Ready – in the Top 10 bookmakers at the start of the week, is no longer on their radar this Saturday. It must be said that the Britons will pass in the first half of the final, in sixth position, which statistically is not the most favorable configuration to integrate the Top 10. Paradoxically, collecting opinions more or less formally in the press. center that adjoins the Pala Alpitour in Turin, there are no real critics of Fulenn. What comes up most often is the “surprise” that many felt when they discovered the song, but also when they saw that France sent such a proposal to the competition. Many welcome this vision of Breton culture, away from the Parisian prism. These are some of the opinions collected, along with the predictions for the result of the final, which will be broadcast live from 9:00 p.m. on France 2 this Saturday.

  • “The Breton language intrigues”

Richard Van de Crommert, Dutch, is a journalist in Telegraaf

“Alvan and Ahez exude youth. Fulenn It’s a very original song. It stays in your head. When it’s on my Spotify playlist, I can’t help but dance. It is true that the first listen can be a bit chaotic but when you listen to it again you understand how it is built. The Breton language is intriguing and I think everyone will like it. Maybe I can appeal more to televoting [le vote des téléspectateurs] than to juries. I like the outfits, the Celtic side, the fact that this performance shows a side of France that we’re not used to seeing, it shows a local culture and it’s a plus for Eurovision. The production is dynamic, it takes you by the hand and doesn’t let you go. When France sings, it will not be a time when people go to the bathroom or get supplies from the fridge, because it is a very strong image. I think it will be in the second half of the Top 10.”

  • “Seeing a Celtic language live on stage is important”

Neil Farren, Irish, is editor of Eurovoix:

“On stage, it’s magical. It’s something very personal to me. I am from Ireland and Irish is my mother tongue. Seeing another Celtic language breathe and live on stage is important to show it to Europe. The song makes me escape, it projects me into a forest, at dawn, it gives me the impression of being far from the world. I think you can expect a good result, it’s strong, the set design is strong, the camera shots are dynamic. There is energy flowing through the song that will flow through the veins of the audience. I think they will make you want to dance and vote. I predict a place in the Top 10.

  • “A new angle on what it means to be French”

Christou Constantinos, a Cypriot living in London, is the editor of the ESCXtra site:

“I think Alvan and Ahez use the stage very well, I even think it’s the best stage proposal. The representation on the screen is impressive. If you connect to this song, you vote for it. France can be proud to display one of its regional languages. This allows you to explore new angles to tell what it means to be French. Fulenn It can be divisive, but I think it’s a good thing at Eurovision. I predict a ranking between 7th and 13th place. »

  • “France offers an experience”

Clara Cabrera, Spanish, collaborates on the Eurovoxx site:

“France offers an experience. There are many colors, it is very visual. Fulenn It’s a good song. As Europeans, we don’t necessarily know Breton and Breton, all the images we have of France are very Paris-centric. I also really like the embroidery on the suits. I think it has the potential to get a lot of votes because there’s a narrative [elle raconte une histoire]. Jurors are mistakenly thought to be old-fashioned, only into ballads and vocal performances, but the music industry is changing and perhaps broadcasters have chosen jurors more in tune with these contemporary trends. My prediction for France? Fifteenth place. »

  • “Eurovision is what a country shows of its identity”

Fin Ross Russel, British, is editor of ESC Insight:

“I am a big fan of Eurovision and I watch a lot of national teams. In the Spanish final there was a formidable Galician group, the Tanxugueiras, who did not win. I thought it was a shame because there could be a representation of Celtic culture in Eurovision. When I saw Alvan and Ahez in Eurovision France, you decide, I thought it was perfect! It was very cool to see the personalities that were part of the jury win Fulenn : they understood the spirit of the title, the Breton identity and the importance of showing that, of sharing it with an international audience. It is difficult for me to make a prediction, but if I were forced to do so, I would say that France will finish 12th or 13th. For me, Eurovision is not a question of results, but of what a country presents, what shows of its identity. It’s also a way to discover artists, and I know that in the future I want to listen to other Ahez and Alvan songs. »

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