This year the French broadcaster France 3 has made an internal selection. Out of 300 possible candidates the choice felt to the young and attractive singer Alma with the gloomy song title “Requiem”. By surprise the French entry is an uplifting up-tempo song with a good verve and catchy tune as well. The song reveals her quest for never ending love, with poetic and dreamlike lyrics. The song is about a positive message helps you overcome any difficult situation. The composer Nazim Khaled has also been responsible for last year’s success with Amir’s “J’ai Cherché” with a wonderful 6th place.
Alma alias Alexandra Maquet was born in Lyon in 1988. She has been living in many interesting countries during her childhood like Italy, Brazil and the USA. Back in Paris she has studied singing where she med Nazim Khaled, with whom together she recorded her first single "La Chute est lente". Her first album is going to be released in early May 2017.
The song “Requiem” has been changed from its original version. Now there is an English verse in it. This is probably due to the international approach. On the other hand for many people the Eurovision Song Contest is a unique experience to listen to other languages, if every country is singing their song in English this atmosphere is being destroyed. And the French language is very suitable for music compared to other countries, so it would be wise to let Alma sing the 100% French version in Kiev. Judging by the video-clip, the French entry can be treated as one of the favourites this year. But in Eurovision it’s all about live singing and having a good stage performance. If Alma could transfer the atmosphere of the professional video-clip on stage, a good position for her would be guaranteed.
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