Have you seen the song which represents France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023? Is it going to be successful? Stay with me to the very end of this article and watch the video to find out if this entry’s going to win.
This is your EurovisionaryVoice calling! I present my reactions/comments here.
This time I’m going to show you my honest comment on the song that will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. This is “Évidemment” by La Zarra, who actually is Canadian.
Let’s focus the first snippet.
Well, frist things first. An intrdocution like in a Bond ballad. It’s a kind of chatty style and definitely staccato, which gives here some additional vibes. I like the French language in songs – and I’m on the same page with those who claim that this language gives this extra ‘romantic’, passionate dimension to the song.
This French entry was chosen internally although earlier it was stated that the representative would be chosen in the national selection.
This year’s song was written by La Zarra herself, along with Ahmed Saghir, Yannick Rastogi, and Zacharie Raymond.
I like the fact that La Zarra beatifully builds up the stanza towards the resolution in the chorus. It’s done in a delicate way both vocally and from the composition’s perspective.
And then we have some beat, disco like song which gets stuck in your head long after the song has finished, doesn’t it. I remember I had a similar feeling when I heard Dana International’s “Diva”. La Zarra presents herself gracefully on stage and seems to be a Diva like figure, doesn’t’ she? This all adds up here.
Maybe I’m not a great fan of the bridge but definitely La Zarra shows her great vocal skills.
What’s the song about? As La Zarra says herself it’s about a difficult moment in life and changes which take place in our lives.
I like the staging, as it harmonizes with the song and we have some more static and some more dynamic parts that blend in with the song itself.
All in all, I’d say this is a very good performance with very good vocals.
As each juror is going to rank all the competing songs in each show based on the given criteria. I will assign points in the same categories (eurovision.tv):
– composition and originality of the song, 8 out of 10;
– quality of the performance on stage (hard to say because the national selection was not held this year, but there’s an official live performance available), 8 out of 10;
– vocal capacity of the performer(s), 10 out of 10;
– overall impression of the act, 9 out of 10.
So the total is: 35 out of 40 that is 88%.
And it’s not about ‘le zéro’ (as La Zarra joked herself in one of the interviews).
Will La Zarra’s song obviously lead her to victory? We’ll see if she will get the best result for France. To do that she would have to win the whole contest (as France has won the ESC five times so far; it was in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1977).
In the end, I can only say: Well done, La Zarra! Congratulations, France! One thing is certain, France will appear in the Grand Final because it’s the member of the so called ‘Big Five’ and they are directly in the Final and don’t have to make the cut and compete in the semi-‘finals.
What do the bookmakers say about the French entry? At this moment (15th April 2023) it’s in 9th place on eurovisionworld.com.
Let’s hear it for La Zarra and the whole team!
Let me know what you think of this performance in the comments below. I encourage you to watch my previous videos about the Eurovision Song Contest.
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