Junior Eurovision 2023 France profile: 'Coeur' by Zoé Clauzure
Flying the tricolour for the host nation of France at Junior Eurovision 2023 is Zoé Clauzure with her song 'Coeur'.
You can find details on the entry, the artist, and France's history at Junior Eurovision below.
About the artist: Zoé Clauzure
Zoé is a 13-year-old singer from Montrouge, in the southern suburbs of Paris.
Coming to prominence through the 2020 season of The Voice Kids, where she was a semi-finalist, Zoé is an artist on the rise. She has performed with both Amir (Eurovision 2016, 'J'ai cherché') and celebrated not-Greek artist Yseult (C'est vous qui décidez 2021) while also modelling with several brands in France. As well as playing the piano and singing, Zoé is a songwriter in her own right, too, making use of Logic Pro to put her own songs together.
In an interview with our friends at the Douze Points podcast, Zoé said that she is excited to get onstage and see the faces of her audience in Nice. She is also looking forward to hanging out with her fellow contestants and making a few TikToks!
About the song: 'Coeur'
As has become standard for France at Junior Eurovision, 'Coeur' is an internally-selected track written by a team of French songwriters. The song is composed by Julien Comblet and Jérémy Chapron, while the lyrics are by Noée Francheteau.
Described by French head of delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel as disco pop, the song has a strong lyrical message against school bullying. Having experienced bullying herself, Zoé sings to her fellow school kids to "keep going towards victory, not scared of how anyone looks at you."
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
France has been perhaps the powerhouse of Junior Eurovision in recent years, with a track record that most countries would be envious of.
They made their debut at the second ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, where they came sixth with Thomas Pontier's 'Si on voulait bien'. Following this one entry, they withdrew from the competition and did not return until 2018. Since then, though, they have never finished lower than fifth!
They have also bought home not one, but two Junior Eurovision crowns since their return - the first for 2020's 'J'imagine', performed by Valentina, and the second going to last year's winner, 13-year-old Lissandro, and his Grease-esque bop 'Oh Maman !'. Eagle-eyed fans will note the presence of a very familiar name on both of these winners, with France's second-place-getting queen Barbara Pravi (Eurovision 2021) involved with both of these winners.
We will see in December whether Zoé can keep up this fantastic record!
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