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.