It seems the big names aren't interested, or at least the major labels, sadly, but still France television has received 280 entries for the Eurovision song contest. Once the Eurovision superpower France has lost it completely the recent years when only megastar Patricia Kaas managed to get them back to top-10 in 2009. Last four years they have collected only miserable 41 points finishing 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 25th. So, this year new people in charge and new approach. First of all this open call for song even if the choice will be internal, they will broadcast both the semifinals, and the song may even be in English or at least partly in English, something rather unheard for the French.
France 2 Entertainment dirctor Nathalie André and the new Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi (pictured) are looking for something more suitable for this era, fun and uptempo it seems. And they are not taking it with Lisa Angell who was considered outdated and boring by many and I agree with them. She was fabulous and we do need songs like that in contrast to the melodifestivalized standard bubblegum pop even if that seems to be what makes success these days - but who remembers or wants to hear those songs in 5 or 10 years time?
Hopefully HoD Grassi will be able to make the Italian miracle done by Nicola Caligiore.... Below are the Italians in Sofia's Junior Eurovision song contest: