France3 wanted to bring something new and surprising to Eurovision. I have heard that old song before, only to be severely let down. Every time France pretends to have a big name in the sack, it turns out to be some old almost-star a hundred years ago who wrote like the lyrics and then that was it.
My initial response to the name Sébastien Tellier was: who? I never heard that name before. Another let-down?
I would not think so. Tellier has worked with several dance producers and his eurosong is co-produced by Daft Punk. His current album is at #2 in the French album charts. Wow!
Even better - the song is as far removed from the original Eurovision frame as possible. It is entirely in English and is most untraditional in it's build-up and composition, which will, of course, make it a favourite hate target for the traditional eurofans.
Something that just makes me like it a lot more. It is more than possible that this is not the way to spell Eurovision victory in 2008, but I hope this will carry far. With it's mix of dance pop and Beatles-esque twists and turns, this could be a major radio hit and I always welcome songs like those with open arms.
Hit or miss, but this year I love you, France. Great work!
Sébastien Tellier - Divine - France 2008