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Who are the Destination Eurovision 2019 artists and songwriters?

Emmanuel Moire – “La Promesse

Lyrics & Music: Emmanuel Moire

The artist
© Dominique Gau

Emmanuel Moire is a 39-year-old French singer, and he is the second “big name” of Destination Eurovision, the kind of artist even the French delegation were not expecting to be willing to take part in the selection. 

His career started when he got the lead role in Le Roi Soleil, a musical about the life of French king Louis XIV. The show opened and started to be performed in 2005, and became a resounding success (more than 1.5 millions spectators in two years), giving Emmanuel Moire the chance to showcase his singing with songs like “Être à la hauteur” and “Je fais de toi mon essentiel“.

He released his first album in 2006, (Là) où je pars, which went platinum. In 2013, after winning the French version of Dance with the Stars, he released his third album, Le Chemin, which topped the French charts and went double-platinum. The same year, he released two singles from the album with videoclips, “Beau Malheur“, and “Ne s’aimer que la nuit“, the former reaching 18 million views on Youtube.

The song and the team

There is no team behind the songwriting process, as Emmanuel Moire composed and wrote his entry himself…so you already know everything about the team.

However, you might not know much about the song. “La promesse” (“The Promise”) was released last October, and is a very personnal song for Emmanuel. In the lyrics, he regrets having first hidden his homosexuality to please his public (“forgetting who I was to please you”), and nows promises to himself that he will “remain faithful to [his] own person”, and that he will “finally live when [his] heart beats for a man.”. Moire publicly came out in 2009, against the advice of many friends who feared it would negatively impact his career. He regrets nothing.

Tracy De Sá – “Por Aqui

Lyrics: Tracy De Sá / Music: Tiery-F

The artist
© Leah Cold

Tracy was born in India and lived in Portugal and Spain before finally settling in France. First influenced by Flamenco, reggaeton and R&B, she then discovered hip-hop and made it her art, first as a dancer, spending her teenage years, in the 2000’s, in competitive hip-hop battles and clashes.

Then she started to rap, with a distinctively proud and feminist style and writing. As such, the 25-year-old releases a new single every 8th of March (International Women’s Day), in addition to her other singles and mixtapes, which include “Alpha Female” (2014), “Bring Back Hip Hop” (2017) and “Why You Look So Good” (2018), part of her upcoming album Commotion. English is her first language, hence why her songs are in English.

The song and the team

Tiery-F (Thierry Leteurtre) is a relatively invisible yet very successful composer and music producer. He has worked with artists such as Tal, Shy’m, David Carreira and even Amir – he is credited for recording and producing “Au cœur de moi“, from the similarly-titled album.

“Por Aqui” (“Over Here”) is a song in French, English and Spanish, quite chart-friendly.

Battista Acquaviva – “Passio

Lyrics: Battista Acquaviva / Music: Florent Bidoyend, Théodore Eristoff

The artist
© Laura St James

Battista Acquaviva was born in Corsica in 1984 to a musical family: her father is both a musician and a musicologist. She learnt to play the violin, the piano and also the cetara, a traditional Corsican cittern. But her most fantastic instrument is her voice, which can reach the whistle register (the highest possible notes); she can sing through three and a half octaves. Her voice is even being studied by scientists.

Her music career properly started in 2008, with traditional Corsican music concerts, in Corsica and continental France. Then, in 2012, she met André Manoukian (from the expert panel of Destination Eurovision 2019), who helped her record her first EP, Che Notte. In 2015, she showcased her incredible voice range in the fourth season of The Voice : La plus belle voix, with a stunning blind audition in Corsican. She reached the semi-final in Jenifer’s team. The same year she released her first album, Les chants de la liberté, in which she sings in 9 different languages (French, Corsican, Italian, English, Bulgarian, Greek, Armenian, Spanish and Basque). Indeed, her music is not limited to her regional culture, as Battista is very fond of World Music.

But Battista is not just a singer, she’s also a Doctor in French Litterature since getting a PhD in 2007. As such, she also take part in seminaries and conferences, and she is the author of several academic articles on Litterature.

The song and the team

“Passio” means “Passion” in Corsican, and the song seems to be fully in Corsican, which would not be surprising since Battista fully masters the regional language, and she is the only person credited for writing the lyrics.

The composers are Florent Bidoyen and Théodore Eristoff. Bidoyen has been working with Battista for years, but he also worked as a producer and composer for other lyrical artists (Les Stentors, Les Prêtres, Vincent Niclo), as well as Natasha St-Pier. Théodore Eristoff also composed (and wrote) music for Les Stentors and Les Prêtres. He also composed tracks for movies and short movies’ soundtracks.

“Passio” is an ethereal ballad in Corsican, some sort of modern and Corsican version of the likes of “The Voice” or “Nocturne”. If it wins, it would become the second French entry entirely in Corsican, after Amaury Vassili’s “Sognu” in 2011.

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