What do foreign media think of France’s song and its chances of becoming the top ten

From our special correspondent in Turin (Italy)

Mahmoud, delegate of Italy. on swedish tv That France song was his favorite at Eurovision this year. The Dutch S10, on the sidelines of her interview with us, told us that she really liked Volyn. Despite everything, the French candidacy for this version, led by Alvin and Ahiz, aroused less enthusiasm than Barbara Braffy last year with there – In the top 10 bookmakers at the beginning of the week, Saturday is no longer on their radar. It must be said that Breton will pass in the first half of the final, in sixth place, which is statistically not the most suitable formation to combine the top 10. Ironically, by extracting opinions in a rather formal way in the press center that neighbors the Pala Alpitour in Turin, There are no real critics for him Volyn. What appears most often is the “surprise” that many felt when they discovered the song but also when they saw France send such a proposal to the competition. This glimpse into Breton culture, far from a Parisian perspective, is welcomed by many. Here are some of the opinions collected – along with predictions for the outcome of the final match, which will be broadcast live from 9pm in France 2 on Saturday.

  • “Plots of the Breton language”

Richard van de Krommert, Dutch, journalist at telegraph

“Alfan and Ahiz exude youth. Volyn It is a very original song. stays in the head. When you’re on my Spotify playlist, I can’t help but dance. It is true that at first it may be a bit chaotic, but when you listen to it again, you understand how it is built. The Breton language is interesting and I think everyone will like it. Maybe she can attract more TV [le vote des téléspectateurs] from the jurors. I love the clothes, the Celtic side, and the fact that this performance shows a side of France we’re not used to seeing, it shows a local culture and it’s an asset to Eurovision. The production is dynamic, it takes you by the hand and does not leave. When France sings, it won’t be the time people go to the toilet or get supplies from the fridge, because it’s a very powerful image. I think she will be in the second half of the top 10.”

  • “It is important to see the Celtic language live on stage”

Neil Farren, Irish, editor at Eurovoix:

“On stage, it’s magic. It’s a very personal thing to me. I’m from Ireland and Irish is my mother tongue. It’s important to see another Celtic language breathe and live on stage to show that to Europe. The song makes me run away, pushes me into the woods, at dawn, gives me The impression that I am out of the world. I think she can expect a good result, it is powerful, the set design is strong, the camera shots are dynamic. There is energy flowing through the song that will flow through the veins of the audience. I think it will make you want to dance and vote. I expect a place in the top ten First.

  • A new angle on what it means to be French.

Christo Constantinos, a Cypriot based in London, serves as the editor for ESCXtra:

“I think Alvin and Ahiz use theater so well that I even think it’s the best proposal for the stage. The show on screen is touching. If you call this song, you vote for it. France can be proud to show one of its regional languages. This allows you to explore new angles. To find out what it means to be French. Volyn It might be divisive, but I think it’s a good thing at Eurovision. I expect a ranking between seventh and thirteenth. »

  • “France offers an experience”

Clara Cabrera, Spanish, collaborates on the Eurovoxx website:

“France offers an experiment. There are many colours, they are very visible. Volyn It’s a good song. As Europeans, we don’t necessarily know Breton and Brittany, all the images we have of France are centered around Paris. I also love embroidery on costumes. I think it has the potential to win a lot of votes because there is a story [elle raconte une histoire]. Juries are mistakenly thought of as old-fashioned, and only like stories and audio shows, but the music industry is changing and jurors may have chosen more in line with these contemporary trends. What do you expect from France? Fifteenth place. »

  • “Eurovision is what the country shows”

Finn Ross Russell, UK, editor at ESC Insight:

“I am a big fan of Eurovision and I watch a lot of the national teams. In the Spanish final there was a formidable Galician group, Tanksugueras, who did not win. I thought it was a shame because there could have been a representation of Celtic culture in Eurovision. When I saw Alfan and Ahiz in Eurovision France, you decide-I thought it was perfect! It was great to see the characters who were members of the jury win Volyn They understood the spirit of the title, the identity of Breton, and the importance of showing it, and sharing it with an international audience. I find it hard to predict, but if I had to do that, I would say France would be 12th or 13th. For me, Eurovision is not a question of results, but what the country offers, what it shows of its identity. It is also a way to discover artists, and I know that in the future, I want to listen to other songs of Ahiz and Alfan. »

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