Disclaimer: The video and written reaction below features the opinions and views of the reviewers and does not necessarily represent the views of That Eurovision Site as a whole!
As we begin to find out the songs that will be competing in Malmö, the team at That Eurovision Site will be reacting to the entries that will be participating at Eurovision 2024. This time, we will kick things off with France, who will be competing in next year’s competition with “Mon Amour”
Our thoughts on “Mon Amour”
In this series, we will be providing our opinions in two methods. One of our team members will be reacting on video, which you can see below, whilst three other members will be giving their written opinion on the entry. This time, Tim will be on the main seat and will be giving his video reaction to “Mon Amour”
What did the other members of the team think of “Mon Amour”?
Georgia: As the resident French person of TES, I have some thoughts. It’s clearly very French, but in a way that I’d say is accessible to non-French people. It feels like the kind of song that will do very well with the juries and I think it can translate to the televote, but it’ll depend on staging. I like it but I feel like I enjoy other songs in his discography more, but I feel like it’ll grow on me when he starts performing it live. But, every single French person I’ve talked to since Slimane was announced is very excited about him representing France at Eurovision. Allez Slimane!
Jazzi: This is a very strong ballad. The vocals are stunning and really show off Slimane’s vocal range. Slimane also seems like he will be a very strong performer on stage so that will work well for him at the contest as well. I predict this will be a strong jury favourite come the contest in Malmö and I predict good things for him in the final.
Shiloh: Ultimately, I’m let down by this song. I really wish France would step outside the box again; in many ways, this feels like a stereotypical French entry that doesn’t show anything new. Some people love that sound–I don’t. The only compelling part of the song for me is the five seconds between 1:21 and 1:26 or so. Because it’s a slow song, its success will really depend on the staging, and I’m not confident that France will be able to pull this off. I will say, however, that I love the raw emotion in Slimane’s voice in the last thirty seconds of the song. It gives “Mon Amour” an edge that it really doesn’t have in the first 3/4s of the song and makes me feel confident in Slimane’s vocal ability. If he can growl like that in the studio I really hope that he can do it onstage; it’s the part of the song where I feel the most emotion and, therefore, the best part. I’m very hopeful about his ability to emote and perform.
Angus: This song will most definitely appeal to a subset of Eurovision fans. It is a very competent ballad, with the production and the vocals being particular highlights. The track also has some clear staging potential, and it will be exciting to see what France Télévisions brings to Malmö. That being said, if a song like this doesn’t connect with you, it really doesn’t connect and that is the case with me. Overall, I felt myself getting somewhat bored, waiting for a big moment or shift that never happens. It should still do well at Eurovision, but its results will still depend on the quantity and quality of other ballads traveling to Sweden.
Listen to “Mon Amour” on streaming platforms
You are able to listen to France’s Eurovision 2024 entry on the following streaming platforms
France’s Eurovision Journey
France is a powerhouse in Eurovision, debuting in the first Contest in 1956. Their 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’enfant et l’oiseau”, scoring 136 points.France has seen a rebirth in results following a change in direction in 2016. Amir finished in 6th position for France with “J’ai charché”, followed by 12th, 13th and 16th places respectively.
For 2023, France moved away from a national selection and internally chose La Zarra with her song “Évidemment”. At the close of voting in Liverpool, France finished in 16th place, earning 104 points. Of these, 54 points were given by the juries, whilst the televote allocated an extra 50 points to France.
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