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Who are the Destination Eurovision 2019 artists and songwriters?

Lautner – “J’ai pas le temps

Lyrics: John Mamann, Sophie Tapie / Music: John Mamann, Johnny Goldstein, Koby Hass

The artists
L: Alex, R: Sacha
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Lautner is a duo made up of childhood friends Sacha and Axel, both 20 years old. Both started to play music at an early age, the violin for Sacha, and the guitar for Axel. They started singing songs together when they were teenagers, first as a hobby. But this hobby was their first and main passion, and that is why they decided to try to sing professionally. And that’s why, in 2015, they auditionned for the 2016 season of The Voice, separately, because they did not intend to share a career as a duo at the time.

Axel failed to make it to the blind auditions at the last shortlisting level, but Sacha got the chance to sing in front of the judges’ chairs. His cover of “Little Things” seduced Mika, and Sacha got into his team, but did not survive the Battles. His participation was not in vain, though, because he was invited by Eva Longoria to sing at her Global Gift Gala in Paris the following year. He was also cast to dub Johnny in the French version of the animation movie Sing!.

Axel and Sacha liked singing together, as a hobby, until they realized they should share their musical career, and created their duo, Lautner. “Lautner” was the name they had given to their group of six friends when they were teenagers, and they decided to keep it. Together, they have released a successful cover of “Par Amour” (from Maître Gims and Dadju), which was broadcast on the radio. They are currently preparing an album.

The song and the team

John Mamann is a singer-songwriter, who recently released singles with Maître Gims and Vitaa, and composed songs for singers like Johnny Halliday or Natasha St-Pier.

Sophie Tapie is the daughter of businessman Bernard Tapie (former owner of Adidas and the Olympique de Marseille football club), and is herself a singer-songwriter. She also took part in The Voice, in 2012.

Johnny Goldstein is a very successful Israeli composer and music producer, currently colaborating with Imri (Israel 2017) on the latter’s international album. Goldstein created the duo TYP (The Young Professionals) with Israeli superstar Ivri Lider in 2009. Koby Hass is also a composer and producer, who has worked with singers such as Rihanna.

It is thus no wonder “J’ai pas le temps” sounds like a very radio-friendly song.

PhilipElise– “Madame la Paix

Lyrics: Elise Philip / Music: Elise Philip, Guillaume Soulan

The artist
© Élodie Danguin

PhilipElise (Élise Philip) is another artist with several aliases. Born on Christmas Day in 1989, she was once known as Eli’z.

She started to play guitar when she was 6, thanks to her musician father, and started a classic musical training at the age of 10. A few years later, when she was in high school, she started to write and compose her own songs.

In 2010, she moved to Paris to study music. She also sang and played with her guitar in the Parisian subway. In 2013, she started to perform as Eli’z. In 2015, thanks to a crowdfunding operation on MyMajorCompany, she released her first EP, Sur Terre. She also took part in a songwriting contest organized by Céline Dion, and her song was shortlisted among the 25 (out of 4,000) that competed to enter Céline’s album Encore un soir.

In 2017, while still singing, she also started to practice sophrology in her hometown. After another release (“Comme une fille, comme un garçon”), she seemingly found a new alias, PhilipElise.

Her musical influences include folk music, but especially the French variété, and artists such as Renaud, Noir Désir, or Francis Cabrel.

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The song and the team

Guillaume Soulan is a French songwriter, composer and guitarist. He has been working with Amandine Bourgeois (France 2013) on her second album, Sans Amour Mon Amour.

The song itself, “Madame la paix” (“Madam peace”) is, unsurprisingly, about peace. It is striking and modern, packed with hooks, and has a quintessentially French sound.

Bilal Hassani – “Roi

Lyrics: Bilal Hassani, Madame Monsieur / Music: Bilal Hassani, Madame Monsieur, Medeline

The artist
© Dorothée Murail

Bilal Hassani is a 19-year-old French youtuber and “influencer”, as well as a singer.

His passion for music was triggered by seeing the videoclip of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” when he was a child. His mother made him attend music school, where he learnt to play piano, guitar, as well as taking acting lessons. He quickly started to take to singing and dancing, and was even given an adapted timetable at school in order to fully pursue his musical studies.

In 2014, he entered the second edition of The Voice Kids in 2015, getting into Patrick Fiori’s team (France 1993) with his cover of “Rise Like A Phoenix“, being a Eurovision fan since the early 2010’s. He was eliminated during the  Battles, but this was only the beginning for him. In November 2015, he started uploading videos on Youtube. He mainly posts covers and vlogs (about 5-6 videos a month now), in which he eventually grew into a very expressive and queer style, especially with his wigs, and has now close to 600,000 subscribers.

His most recent cover of Aya Nakamura’s “Djadja” has been watched more than four million times on Youtube since it was uploaded four months ago. Back in September, his dance playlist was approved by Janet Jackson herself on Facebook.

The song and the team

Every fan knows Madame Monsieur, the winners of Destination Eurovision 2018 (hence the French representatives at Eurovision in Lisbon). They met Bilal during the filming of a documentary in September, and they decided to write a song together, “Roi”. Originally, it wasn’t meant as a potential Eurovision entry. Medeline is a duo of French music producers (Rémi Tobbas, Steve Fraschini) who have worked with Madame Monsieur before, composing some of their songs and producing their album Vu d’Ici.

The song itself, “Roi” (“King”), has an electro-pop sound that would easily have a slot in the Melodifestivalen.

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