This year’s French representatives Alvan & Ahez will have their Eurovision outfits designed by Pascal Jaoue, who is an embroiderer and stylist. Pascal is from the Brittany region in France, just like Alvan & Ahez.
Mystical, Celtic and Euroviewable are Pascal’s keywords for this collaboration. According to his website:
His work, his passion is to tame Breton culture, its traditions and its heritage freed from all clichéshttps://www.pascaljaouen.com/collections/pascaljaouen
At Eurovision, he’ll have the perfect opportunity to promote Breton culture on an international stage. Stylist Lia Dillenseger will also support the French look at Eurovision 2022, having created the look of Alvan & Ahez at the French National Final.
About Alvan and Ahez
Alvan and Ahez are this year’s French representatives at Eurovision after winning ‘Eurovision France: C’est Vous Qui Décidez!’ in March with their song “Fulenn”. The act is a collaboration between two Breton musical acts – electronic artist Alvan and vocal group Ahez (Marine Lavigne, Sterenn Diridollou and Sterenn Le Guillou). Alvan comes from the Rennes electro-rock scene and is a musical experimentalist. Ahez are regulars on the Fest-Noz (traditional Breton festival) circuit and have been immersed in Breton culture since childhood. They are proud to represent the living legacies of their heritage, mythology and history.
“Fulenn” is the second song in the Breton language to compete at Eurovision. France previously sent Breton song “Diwanit bugale” in 1996. Alvan and Ahez recently spoke to ThatEuroSite’s Rosie in London.
France’s Eurovision Journey
France is a powerhouse in Eurovision, debuting at the first contest in 1956. Its first entries finished in second place, but no scores were ever published. Since then, France has gone on to win the contest five times. The most recent win came in 1977, with Marie Myriam’s “L’oiseau et l’enfant,” which scored 136 points.
Recent years have seen France slump in the results, but a change in direction in 2016 boosted the nation’s performance. Amir finished in sixth position for France that year with “J’ai cherché,” and France placed 12th, 13th and 16th in the following years respectively. In 2021, Barbara Pravi was able to wow audiences across Europe and Australia with her song “Voilà.” At the close of voting, France finished in second place, earning a mammoth 499 points.
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