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:

@eurovision Ooh la la La Zarra = ART 🇫🇷 #Eurovision2023 #Eurovision @La Zarra ♬ original sound – Eurovision

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Eurovision 2022: First Rehearsal of France!

Today is the sixth day of rehearsals in Turin and the first rehearsals of the BIG 5 countries are going to be held today!

Next up on stage for their first rehearsal is France and Alvan & Ahez with the song “Fulenn“.

Who are Alvan & Ahez?

Alvan is a multi-instrumentalist electro artist from the French region of Brittany, the same place vocal group Ahez hail from. As an artist, Alvan loves to mix different genres within his own music, and despite his sound mostly being rooted in electronica, he also uses a lot of traditional chants and organic elements in his hybrid compositions.

Ahez (Marine, Sterenn and Stereen) are a traditional vocal group who aim to showcase their regional heritage through music, by writing and singing in their native language, Breton. In their songs, they tell contemporary stories that reference the ancient myths of Brittany.

Alvan & Ahez have made it known they want to show that tradition is not something stuck in the past, but rather, it is constantly evolving.

The Rehearsal

France keeps up with the green arena theme by having a podium with some greenery on it. The mix of dance and folk and traditional instruments in this song works quite nicely, and there is cohesion between the matching black and gold costumes and the vocal harmonies and looks like Alvan and Ahez have always been a group of four.


It’s also the most bass we’ve had on any track this year, and it’s pulsing through the arena in Turin, everyone will this song through the floor and this will also be conveyed to the TV audience.

In the second run-through, Alvan finished the song with a wink to the camera. Regarding pyro works on stage, France has two fire pits on each side of the stage and flame jets that shoot up whenever the bass drops and combined to the flashing lighting and the floor graphics, it creates a visually intense spectacle.


Below you can watch a small clip from the French first rehearsal on TikTok:

@eurovision A fiery first rehearsal from France’s @ALVAN 🔥#EurovisionTikTok #Eurovision2022 #Eurovision ♬ original sound – Eurovision

The second French rehearsal will be held on the 7th of May, when we will know how things will appear on screen for the French entry.

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