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Eurovision: these stars who flopped


VSsome were looking to break through, others to relaunch a breathless career. Eurovision, including the 67and edition takes place on Saturday evening, saw stars parade, still anonymous or already confirmed, without offering them the result that their career would have deserved. It is certainly the essence of the contest, which judges the performance of an evening, and sometimes more the song than the interpretation of the artist.

But we can’t resist the urge to remind juries and national audiences that they have sometimes lacked their noses, relegating planetary stars to the bottom of the rankings, in favor of winners who are sometimes hard to find. A way to pay tribute to iconic French singers, such as Gérard Lenorman, Françoise Hardy or Serge Lama, sacrificed on the altar of this musical high mass.

1963: Francoise Hardy, 4and25 points

When Françoise Hardy competed in Eurovision in 1963, she was at the start of a promising career. His interpretation of All the boys and girls on television, the year before, will quickly allow him to embody the idol of the yéyés. It is for Monaco that she competes, with her title Love flies away. She collects 25 points, and finishes fifth, tied with Alain Barrière, who represents France.

1966: Michele Torr, 10and7 points

Other band singer Hi buddies, Michèle Torr was chosen in 1966 to represent Luxembourg. In France, it is currently subscribed only to the first and last parts of major artists. Tenth in the competition, with 7 points, his song Tonight I was waiting for you does not convince the jury. She tried her luck again in 1977, this time for Monaco. She finishes 4andwith 96 points, insufficient to compete with Marie Myriam, who makes France shine.

1970: Julio Iglesias, 4and8 points

His toothy smile and Latino accent have yet to wreak planetary havoc when Julio Iglesias performs Gwendolyn in Amsterdam. The former Real Madrid reserve goalkeeper finished fourth, but picked up just eight points. To the romantic ballad of the Spanish crooner, the jury prefers the slightly childish song of the Irishwoman Dana. While the Spaniard will sell more than 300 million records, Dana turns to politics, a conservative candidate for the Irish presidential election in 1997.

1971: Serge Lama, 10and82 points

He had been among the shortlisted to represent France in 1969, but his song My island was no match for Frida Boccara, future winner with one day a child. Two years later, it’s the good one: Serge Lama and his Edenic ode, A garden on earth, are sent to Celtic land. At the dawn of the 1970s, which would consecrate him as a pillar of French song, he finished in tenth position, out of eighteen participants, still collecting 82 points. Lama, his passion for Napoleon and his twenty-two future albums in fifty years of career bow behind a Frenchwoman, Séverine, who won the competition for Monaco, and of whom we have struggled to find a trace since.

1988: Gerard Lenorman, 10and64 points

In 1988, Gérard Lenorman was chosen by Antenne 2 to represent France in Dublin. The Happy People singer is looking to revive his career, after some professional and personal upheaval. In the skin of a charming singerLenorman finished in 10and position. Far behind two French-speaking artists promised to great careers: Lara Fabian (4and), and Celine Dion, who wins for Switzerland.

2006: Las Ketchup, 21and18 points

But what did it take from the Muñoz sisters, haloed with planetary success with their hit Asereje, to rub shoulders with the votes of Eurovision? Perhaps they wanted their fourth sister, integrated into the group for the 2006 edition of the competition, to taste the flavor of success? Absent during the Ketchup song triumph in 2002, Rocio Muñoz completed the initial trio, to perform a blodymary. In the absence of a cocktail, the Spanish group drank the cup, finishing in 21and position, with 18 small dots.

2013: Cascada, 21and18 points

“German group is desperately looking for a second wind. » Revealed in 2006 by its tube Everytime we touch, the singer Natalie Horler and her companions Manian and Yann Peifer compete seven years later in Eurovision, representing their country of origin. To avoid taking too many risks, they interpret a title in English, Glorious, which does not bode well for their performance. Like Las Ketchup, they finish 21arewith 18 points.


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