Overnight, French national broadcaster France Télévisions announced that La Zarra will be representing France at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool in May.
It was revealed that after "a unique meeting with a unique artist", the French delegation decided to put their national final on hold in favour of an internal selection to choose their representative for the 2023 Contest.
In a video published to France 2 Eurovision's Twitter account, La Zarra stated:
"I will wear the French colours [at Eurovision] with dignity and pride"
La Zarra's Eurovision entry will be revealed at a later date.
About La Zarra
Originating from Longueuil, a city located on the South Shore of Montreal, La Zarra is a Canadian singer with North African origins, currently based in Paris, France.
La Zarra has chosen to remain mysterious and not reveal many details about her personal journey - her age and details of her early life remain unknown - as she wants to be known for her music before becoming known for who she is.
Her musical career began by chance: in 2016, after being asked to sing at a party, La Zarra was discovered by a Canadian producer, who invited her to record in the studio the next day. A few weeks later, La Zarra's debut single 'Printemps blanc' ('White Spring') was released.
La Zarra went on to release her debut studio album 'Traîtrise' ('Treachery') in 2021. During that year, she was nominated for NRJ Radio's 'Francophone Discovery of the Year' award. She cites Edith Piaf, Mary J. Blige, and Eurovision icon Céline Dion as musical inspirations. In her spare time, she enjoys boxing.
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Since the Eurovision Song Contest cannot be held in the winning country, Ukraine, the United Kingdom has been chosen to host the Contest in consultation with Ukraine and the EBU.
The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 May and Thursday 11 May and the final will occur on Saturday 13 May 2023.
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