Eurovision 2023: France’s First Rehearsal!

Next Big 5 act to step on stage for her first rehearsal is La Zarra, representing France with the song “Évidemment”!

Who is La Zarra?

Fatima-Zahra Hafdi, known professionally as La Zarra, is a Canadian singer and songwriter based in France.

A self-taught musician, this chanteuse channels the style of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, with a healthy dose of Édith Piaf’s sense of tragedy. She rose to prominence in 2016, when she released her debut single “Printemps blanc” in collaboration with French rapper Niro. In 2021, her fame increased with the single “Tu t’en iras”, which was regularly broadcast on radio and television. In the same year, La Zarra was nominated for the NRJ Music Awards, the leading French music awards, as Francophone revelation of the year, boosted in part by the success of her debut and only album so far “Traîtrise”.

La Zarra was internally chosen by France Télévisions to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, becoming the second Canadian singer to represent the country after Natasha St-Pier in 2001.

The Rehearsal

La Zarra stands on top of a sparkle-draped plinth wearing a fitted gown made entirely from black and red sequins. The ‘plinth’ is a moving column five metres off the ground, draped in sparkly black fabric all the way to the floor. The fabric disappears to reveal a cylindrical column with a mirror-tiled top.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

Corinne Cumming / EBU

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

At the end, the French flag appears on the LED wall.

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

You can watch the official snippet of La Zarra’s first rehearsal on TikTok below:

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Germany: Lord Of The Lost cover Évidemment by La Zarra!

Lord Of The Lost might be the most likeable rock personalities not only of this year’s Eurovision edition. They represent Germany in Eurovision 2023 and they now shared a cover of the French entry, Évidemment.

Lord Of The Lost are posting daily covers of Eurovision 2023 entries, proving that they don’t compete against the other artists. Instead they compete with them, as they are all a part of the same journey.

Germany as a member of the BIG-5 is automatically qualified to the Grand Final of May 13.

You can watch below the reaction video of EurovisionFun on Blood and Glitter as well as our exclusive interview with Pi Stoffers:

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Norway: La Zarra is the winner of the first show of Addresse Liverpool!

The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK broadcasts a special show dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest every year.

Adresse Liverpool  premiered yesterday with the first entries of this year’s competition. Each week approximately eight songs are reviewed with the judges rating the songs from one to twelve points.

The presentation of the show has been undertaken by the Norwegian commentator Marte Stokstad, who will be joined by Ingeborg Heldal (music editor), Staysman (singer and presenter) and Kevin Vågenes (comedian). There will also be an additional celebrity judge to sit on the show’s judging panel each time.

This show featured Kim Wigaard (former MGP contestant).

The results of the first episode are as follows:

  • France – La Zarra – Évidemment – ​​96 Points (12 points from all judges)
  • Italy – Marco Mengoni – Due vite – 73 Points (12, 4, 10, 10, 10, 12, 10, 5)
  • Czech Republic – Vesna – My Sisters Crown – 62 Points (7, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 12)
  • Malta – The Busker – Dance (Our Own Party) – 61 Points (10, 6, 10, 8, 1, 8, 12, 6)
  • Armenia – Brunette – Future Lover – 51 Points (4, 8, 12, 5, 4, 3, 5, 10)
  • Greece – Victor Vernicos – What They Say – 42 Points (5, 6, 7, 6, 2, 5, 4, 7)
  • Australia – Voyager – Promise – 41 Points (6, 7, 3, 4, 10, 4, 2, 5)
  • Croatia – Let 3 – Mama ŠČ! – 32 Points (5, 2, 6, 10, 6, 1, 1, 1)
  • Latvia – Sudden Lights – Aijā – 30 Points (6, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5, 8, 4)
  • Norway – Alessandra – Queen of the Kings – Not Rated

“Adresse Liverpool” will consist of four shows with an additional celebrity judge joining the show’s judging panel. The broadcast dates,  additional judges and some of the countries that  will  be featured are as follows :           

  •  April  14 – Kim Wigaard (participated  in MGP), for  the Czech Republic Norway and France .       
  •  April  21 –  Agnete  Husebye  (YouTuberfor Serbia Ukraine and Denmark .    
  •  April  28 –  Amanda  Tenfjord  (Greece  2022) & Fawad Ashraf (former Eurovision judge)for IcelandAustria and Germany .           
  •  May 5 – Henrik  Aasheim  (deputy  leader  of the  Conservative  Party), Linn Skåber (comedian and writer), for  SwedenFinland and Moldova.

As  always, there will  be an  audience jury voting on each of the shows led by Jim Ødegård PedersenIn addition it has been confirmed that Marte Stokstad will return to NRK ‘s ​​commentary booth for Eurovision 2023  and we will be listening to his commentary this May from Liverpool .                       

You can watch the show on NRK Player here.

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France: La Zarra performs “Évidemment” live for the first time!

Accompanied by piano, La Zarra, France’s representative at this year’s Eurovision, performed Évidemment, live for the first time in front of an audience.

France as a member of the BIG-5 competes directly in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023. La Zarra hopes that she will be able to bring her country to the top ten of the final! So far betting has the country in tenth place.

You can also watch the EurovisionFun team’s reaction to France’s participation, below:

What did you think of La Zarra’s live performance? Tell us in the comments!

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France: “Évidemment” by La Zarra is out now! | Listen to it here!

On January 12, through a special press conference, the French national broadcaster France Télévisions announced its representative for Eurovision 2023.

The 25-year-old singer, La Zarra, will raise the French flag in the United Kingdom, claiming the coveted victory for the French.

As we have already informed you in a previous article, the song that La Zarra will have to perform in Liverpool, at Eurovision Song Contest 2023, was expected to be released today, Sunday February 19. The song “Évidemment” is already out and you can listen to it below:

Who is La Zarra;

Fatima Zahra Hafdi, better known as La Zarra, was born in Montreal, Canada.  She got notoriety for her collaboration with rapper Niro in 2016 with the song “Printemps blanc”.  She debut as a solo singer in 2021 with the song “Tu t’en iras” (You’ll go away) in 2021. La Zarra received a nomination at the 2021 NRJ Awards in the category “Francophone Revelation”. She has also topped playlist in various streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify.

Did you like the French entry song “Évidemment” that will be performed by La Zarra at the Eurovision song contest this year, held in Liverpool? Leave your comment below!

France: La Zarra will sing “Évidemment” at Eurovision!

French representative for Eurovision, La Zarra will sing “Évidemment” (Obviously) in Liverpool.

Today the song title was revealed.  However, we will have to wait until Sunday February 19 to listen to the song.  Évidemment will premier during ’20h30 Le Dimanche’ next Sunday.

Fatima Zahra Hafdi, better known as La Zarra, was born in Montreal, Canada.  She got notoriety for her collaboration with rapper Niro in 2016 with the song “Printemps blanc”.  She debut as a solo singer in 2021 with the song “Tu t’en iras” (You’ll go away) in 2021. La Zarra received a nomination at the 2021 NRJ Awards in the category “Francophone Revelation”.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for more updates on France in Eurovision 2023!