The French participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Tom Leeb. The 30-year-old singer, actor and comedian has been selected internally by public broadcaster France Télévisions.
Tom comments on representing his country in May: “The Eurovision Song Contest is an iconic and unifying event; I am so proud to be representing France and I can’t wait to live this experience with you all.”
Europe will need to wait a bit longer to find out which song he will be singing, but the track will be revealed in the coming weeks according to the French broadcaster. In September 2019, he released his debut album Recollection. The audio clip of Are We Too Late has reached an impressive 25 million YouTube views. You can watch the official music video below.
How France changed its selection process:
In July 2019, France Télévisions started crafting their strategy for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The public broadcaster decided to return to an internal selection and to concentrate all its efforts on finding the right song for the Grand Final in Rotterdam on 16 May.
For the first time, on top of French publishers, France 2 approached European music publishers and asked them to write specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The internal committee at the French broadcaster reviewed more than 100 songs, in the search of the perfect tune for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Head of France Télévisions’ Entertainment Department and the new Head of Delegation: “We think that the ideal proposal corresponds to a match between a song for which we had a huge crush and an artist to embody it”.
(This post is in collaboration with ESCDaily)