We now know one of the Big 5 entries for Eurovision this year! France have announced their Eurovision entry, after an internal selection by broadcaster France 2.
Lisa Angell is the lucky candidate who’ll be singing ‘N’Oubliez Pas’ (Don’t Forget). Lisa, in her mid-forties, has released three albums so far, and is perhaps best known for accompanying the magician Dani Lary on his touring comedy-type show several years back. She has made frequent television appearances over the past few years, so she is not a complete unknown in her own country. This ballad first gathered some attention last November, when it was performed at a concert marking the commemoration period of World War I. Now the song is obviously receiving far more widespread converge. The lyrics have a sentimental, heartfelt element to them – ‘I remember the smiles of the kids … but I am here, do not forget.’
The song has a vintage feel to it, and is something of a typical French Eurovision song; there’s a bit of acoustic guitar, a gentle piano melody, and strings which add to the rising power of the tune. Expect soft lighting and wide camera angles! The chorus is the strongest part, and with a few more listens, I’ll consider it memorable enough.
Lisa has an impressive voice that is set to fill the Wiener Stadthalle in May. It might not be to everybody’s taste (certainly I have yet to warm to it), but there’s still plenty of time for it to grow on fans. But we want to hear what you think! Are you a lover of Lisa Angell, or is she just not impressing with this ballad? Let us know in the comments down below.