Amandine: Simplicity is the key

Amandine: Simplicity is the key
Second rehearsal for Amandine. Photo: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

This year’s Eurovision entry from France L'Enfer Et Moi is a different kind of love song. French is certainly a romantic language, but in romance in love is usually just one side of story, Amandine told us in the backstage, right before her second rehearsal this week.

The performance of the French pop rock artist Amandine Bourgeois looked a bit different during the rehearsal on Eurovision stage in Malmö Arena today. We wondered why and will there be any more changes?

“In this case simplicity is the key. It is a simple, but still powerful rock love song. We don’t need to make it complicated”, Marie Claire Mezerette, Head of Entertainment at France 3 explained. “She wants to express how angry she is with what happened in that love story, Amandine is singing about. We are going to change few things, as we want to show more drama in the performance.”

"Second rehearsal was great"

The rock diva from France wears a grey dress and black high heels. In the background there’s a lot of red, yellow and orange light. Different camera angles are keeping artist’s “anger” in the focus. “For us the most important thing is to follow the power of the song”, Mezerette said.

“Amandine is a great performer and she has a powerful voice, there’s no really need for way too much special effects, but we will change the light a bit, just to get the right atmosphere.”

This song fits me perfectly!

The French contestant is completely satisfied with the second rehearsal today. “It felt good, it was great. I saw my performance in the viewing room and I’m satisfied”, Amandine stated in the Press conference.

One of the first questions that seemed like one of the most important ones was, what she is going to wear on Saturday in Eurovision's Grand Final: “Actually, it’s not a secret, I will wear, what I was wearing on stage today. It’s a dress designed by famous French designer Jean-Claude Jitrois. He is known also by his outfits done for Lady Gaga”, she replied.

Since she took part in French Idol, Amandine Bourgeois’s life has changed completely. “It helped me a lot. Especially to get used to the pressure and also how to behave in front of the cameras. It also helped me in my career. We published two albums and I had a lot of concerts.”

France was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

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  • Posted on 18/May 2013 at 13:47
    Un grand merci à toi Amandine pour chanter en français et de ne pas céder à la facilité comme presque tout le monde. Un autre grand merci aux artistes qui chantent dans leur(s) langue(s) natoinale(s). Vive la diversité linguistique européenne. Bonne chance à toi Amandine.........même si les chances sont minces. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/May 2013 at 18:59
    Simplicity is the key ?
    Cette chanson est faite pour être chantée en concert. Et qu'est ce que l'Eurovision sinon un concert géant ?
    Il faut une prestation qui marque les esprits en changeant les règles !

    Quand je regarde le live d'un concert, je ne vois pas un artiste qui chante pour des caméras. Je vois un artiste qui chante pour le public dans la salle. Je ressent l'émotion qui passe entre l'artiste et le public !

    Amandine doit oublier les caméras et ne chanter que pour le public présent dans la salle. Elle doit partir au contact direct avec lui !!! L'émotion n'en sera que plus grande !!!
    Elle devrait la jouer REBELLE qui va au devant du public, qui crie son amour !!! Elle devrait finir sa chanson en plein milieu de la foule. Si elle arrive à les faire vibrer comme elle l'a fait pour le concert de présentation à Amsterdam, la France marquera les esprits comme ayant présentée une véritable performance d'artiste !
    Quand je vois la mise en scène de cette répétition, je me dis qu'elle est trop distante. Elle partage rien ! Je veux du culot, de l'audace ! Une vraie performance d'artiste de scène et non un show de télévision !!!
    Amandine lâche toi ! chante pour le public dans la salle. Donne nous un vrai concert ! Ne regarde pas les caméras dans les yeux, regarde le public dans la salle et chante pour lui. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 23:58
    I wish I spoke french... xD Good song. :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 19:54
    It's the performance I was hoping for. Love it! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 19:26
    Very nice song, psychodelic.
    I hope she will go high. She has my vote. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 18:41
    I don't understand why everybody is so underrating this song. I like it! I hope France makes a top 10. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 16:24
    I like the way she sings. She has a powerful voice, but I think the song is a bit horrible... Anyway.. good luck France!
    J'aime bien sa voix!! Elle chante très bien mais la chanson est horrible.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 16:13
    No,no,no,no.......France better you are taking seriously your song to the ESC......I could agreed she sings ok and with personality...but the song....NO!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 16:01
    the song is nice and she performs it very good !!! well done :-)
    good luck !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 14:36
    Again a "reality show"- winner, pfffff, no no no report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 13:56
    She's a good singer - and its a good song. Its classy - I hope it appeals to lots of others - and makes the top ten report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 13:31
    She rocks! What a beautiful stage and performance! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 13:23
    Class is not water!!! (or pyrotechnic lights....) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 13:22
    Class is not water!!! (...... or pyritechnics lights....) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2013 at 12:53
    Soooo good. Great voice, and such passion and energy! Very proud of Amandine. Hope she does well. report to the moderator