France internally selects Amir for Eurovision 2016!
About two weeks earlier than planned, French broadcaster France 2 has revealed their choice for Stockholm.
The French-Israeli Amir Haddad is the lucky artist who will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song “J’ai Cherché.”
My childhood dream
Selected from 280 submissions, “J’ai Cherché” was written by Johan Errami, Nazim Khaled, and Amir himself, and produced by Nazim Khaled, Silvio Lisbonne, and Skydancers. The song contains English lyrics in the chorus and is a modern upbeat pop song,
“I am so proud and flattered to represent my country, France, at this epic song contest that celebrates all cultures of the large European family. I watch the Eurovision Song Contest every year. It was my childhood dream to participate in the show. Trust me, I will give more than I can to make everyone proud of our performance,” Amir said to Eurovision.tv.
From music to dental school to music
While Amir was born in France in 1984, he immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of eight. In 2006, he participated in the Israeli version of Idol. He later served in the Israeli military and studied to become a dental surgeon in Jerusalem.
Amir did not give up on the music though and released his debut album in 2011, while he was still in school. In 2014 he participated in the French version of The Voice and ended up in third place. Following his success on the show, he has now been selected to represent France on the international stage.
Photo: Renaud Corlouer