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My husband, the French

…was not happy that the French will sing a mostly English song in the next Eurovision. It is the first time that France will sing a song in another language other than French since the Eurovision began over fifty years ago.

Read about it here on BBC NEWS.

My French husband did what would have driven me, his American wife, nuts in the past. However, I have since grown to respect his daring nature and use of humour to protest things he is not happy about.

On the Wikipedia page for Sébastien Tellier the entry regarding the Eurovision currently looks like this:

Suite au choix de France 3, Sébastien Tellier représentera la France au Concours Eurovision de la Chanson, avec la chanson “Divine”, le 24 mai 2008 à Belgrade en Serbie. La chanson sera totalement en anglais, avec 13 mots de français : “Toi et moi c’est comme tu sais ; comment mon cœur a succombé”. Auteurs : Sébastien Tellier et Amandine de la Richardière. Compositeur : Sébastien Tellier.

My mischievous husband went to Wikipedia and changed the information on the website from “Sébastien Tellier représentera la France” to “Sébastien Tellier représentera les USA”. He changed it a second time to say Sébastien Tellier represents England. Each time it only stayed like that for a few moments before it was changed back.

Vilay had the look of a mischievous prankster during those few moments. He is (like most French) very proud and defensive of his language. It is his culture. It is who he is.

Click here to see the screen capture I grabbed before Wikipedia changed the information back.

I think Eurovision is a joke because usually many of the countries sing in bad English and not many of the songs are worth listening to. It is more of a comedy than a serious music competition.

However, much to the disdain of my wonderful French husband, I have to admit that I like Divine, the song that will be the French entry in the next Eurovision.

Watch Tellier singing Divine in the video below and let me know what you think.

Vilay refuses to watch it!

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=Vz58Hw9hldw]

Here are the lyrics for Divine. Notice only a few lines are in French.

Divine, by Sebastien Tellier

No no no no no no no
I’m looking for a band today
I see the Chivers anyway
Through my eyes
Oh oh oh
I . . . I’m alone in life to say
I love the Chivers anyway
’Cause Chivers look divine
Look away
They try to find the Milky Way
They love to drink it every day
No no no no no no no
Toi et moi, c’est comme tu sais
Comment mon coeur a succombé
You look fine
Oh oh oh
I . . . I’m alone in life to say
I love the Chivers anyway
’Cause Chivers look divine
Look away
They try to find the Milky Way
I’m . . . I’m alone in life to say
I love the Chivers anyway
In your eyes
Oh oh oh
I’m looking for a band today
I see the Chivers anyway
I’ll be a Chivers guy some day
In my mind

* Chivers is a slang term for a hip young musician

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  • Katie April 19, 2008, 6:17 am

    I am originally from Europe and I really miss watching the Eurovision Song Contest. To me that represents a must get-together with my girlfriends, lots of junk food, commenting on the songs, the choreography, the clothes (some of them pretty hilarious). You can never really predict who is going to be a winner, and the voting part is very interesting because (I think) it involves a lot of politics (alliances among the different countries).
    Pumpkin, their English is bad because thats not their native language ;-) , and although the competition is not American Idol, I think its a pretty unique show. All the countries get together and perform, showing their “best”.
    I say, give it a try, it can be pretty entertaining! Enjoy!

  • Pumpkin April 19, 2008, 8:53 am

    Katie,
    Vilay and I watch Eurovision for entertainment because the costumes and the performances are very creative.

    What upsets me about the contestants singing in bad English is that it is not their language (that was my point in the post) and it would be better if they sang in their own language unless they CAN sing well in English.

    Actually, I wish that the rule that all countries have to sing in one of their official languages would be brought back.

    I love it when a country sings in its own language. It is more interesting for me because I am exposed to their culture which was the original point of Eurovision. Now, most of the contestants that win are the ones that sung in English which I think is sad.

    I can’t believe that all countries put their best forward because many of the contestants can’t sing. However, that is part of the fun for Vilay and I. We get to laugh at them.

    I like the politics of the countries voting for each other while it drives my husband mad. He thinks the voting is stupid because the same countries always vote for each other without regard to which countries entries are best.

  • Pumpkin April 19, 2008, 9:07 am

    Katie,
    I wanted to add that I do like the Eurovision (I was probably not clear about that before) and find it very entertaining. I don’t know how many times I have watched it with tears in my eyes because I had laughed so hard. Plus, I adore seeing the customes of other countries and seeing them mix traditional dance with modern music. :)

    There was a Serb that sang in the first Eurovision I watched. I felt he should have won because he was that good. He didn’t. However, I do think it was in part because he sung in Serbian. Yet, it was my favorite performance that night.

  • Katie April 19, 2008, 4:08 pm

    Hi Pumpkin,
    I also think it would be more interesting if they all sang in their native language. I think most of them choose English because they want the other countries to understand the song, get to like it and more likely vote for it.
    I also think countries don’t send their best performers to the contest. As to why, I have no idea.
    I hope this year they have great songs. I am in the States and I will miss it, but I will read all about it on the Internet.
    GO FRANCE! :-)

  • Pumpkin April 19, 2008, 4:31 pm

    I was reading online yesterday that Tellier is most likely going to rewrite his song Divine to include more French due to pressure from the French public. He stated that if he had personally chosen a song for the Eurovision it would have been in French but it was France 3 that chose Divine.

    It would be nice if France won. You know that is who we are cheering for. :)

  • Katie June 6, 2008, 8:36 pm

    I came across your blog as I was looking at websites that contain my name (Katie Chivers). Divine is one of the coolest things I have heard or seen in a very long time. Thanks! :)

  • Pumpkin June 7, 2008, 5:06 pm

    Katie,
    Thanks for your comment. I had someone else email about the very same thing. I would have never dreamed Chivers was a last name but it is a cool last name. ;)

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