A Quebecer will represent France at Eurovision 2023
This is not the first time that a non-French singer has represented the country in the European competition.
Quebec singer La Zarra, born in Montreal, will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 on May 13 in Liverpool.
Announced by France Télévisions this morning, the singer will represent the tricolor during this singing competition which brings together members of the European Union (with some exceptions).
Her stage name La Zarra was chosen in reference to “La Môme”, nickname of the famous French singer Édith Piaf. We do not know for the moment the title that she will perform during the competition.
“In recent years, I was not ready, I was writing my first album and I did not see myself defending France, this great country. […] Today, I have more confidence in myself and I am surrounded by a motivated team, ”she told journalists from France Télévisions.
Last year, the artists who wanted to represent France during the competition were pre-selected through a televised competition. This year, La Zarra was chosen internally.
She will try to win the competition for France hoping to do better than the Breton group Alvan & Ahez who represented the country last year and finished 24th in the final.
Remember that another very famous Quebecer has already represented another country at Eurovision. Céline Dion won in 1988 singing Ne partez pas sans moion behalf of Switzerland. France's last victory at Eurovision dates back to 1977 with singer Marie Myriam.
Who is La Zarra?
Born in Montreal to North African parents in 1997, La Zarra rose to prominence in 2016 with her title White Spring, in collaboration with rapper Niro. It’s with her title Tu t’en iras, released in 2021, that she was nominated for the NRJ Music Awards for the French-speaking revelation of the year. In 2022, she also collaborated on one of the albums of French singer Slimane, with the title Les amants de la colline.
Her style has been described as glamorous, feminist and mysterious by Le Parisien in 2021.