France's contestant for the Eurovision song contest has tried to rally her country behind her by reminding French people the contest is huge in Europe and that she's been working hard.

"/> France's contestant for the Eurovision song contest has tried to rally her country behind her by reminding French people the contest is huge in Europe and that she's been working hard.

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

‘I’m the hardest working Eurovision contestant’

France's contestant for the Eurovision song contest has tried to rally her country behind her by reminding French people the contest is huge in Europe and that she's been working hard.

'I'm the hardest working Eurovision contestant'
Ueli Frey

France tends to be nonplussed by the annual singing competition. Coverage of Saturday’s final in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku has been largely nonexistent.

Yet the country’s hope this year, Anggun, has been giving some interviews to try to whip up some excitement.

“Eurovision is huge in Europe,” said the Indonesian-born singer, who now lives in Paris, in an interview with the L’Essential online website. “It’s the Olympic Games of music!”

Her costume for the event has been designed by renowned Gallic designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, seen working with her in the video below.

“Believe me, it’s going to be spectacular,” she said.

Anggun has been trying to generate excitement about her song, Echo (You and I), in the French media, even resorting to praising her own work ethic.

“In the little world of the competition, everyone says that, of all the candidates, I’m the most hard working,” she said.

Sweden are favourites to take home the title, with odds of 5/4 according to British bookmaker William Hill. Odds on Anggun winning the title for France are estimated at 100/1.

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Eurovision entry leaks before official launch

France's entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest leaked out on Thursday, despite attempts to keep it under wraps for an official unveiling on Sunday.

Eurovision entry leaks before official launch
Ueli Frey

The song, “Echo: You & I”, was recorded by the Indonesian-born singer Anggun, who was chosen by French television executives in November.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku on May 26th. Unlike some countries, France does not run a competition with public voting to choose its entry, preferring instead to make the choice behind closed doors.

The extract of the song was available on the amazon.fr website on Thursday, although it seemed to have been removed on Friday morning.

Several newspaper websites carried other links to the song, including Le Figaro.

The song was produced by Veronica Ferraro, who works with France’s internationally known DJ David Guetta.

The upbeat track marks a change of direction for France, which last year entered a classical opera singer.

“I really wanted to do a show à l’américaine,” Anggun is reported to have said. 

The song will be in French and English, also a change of direction for a country which likes to protect music sung in its native tongue.

The full song will be available on the website of France 3 on Sunday at 4pm.

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