EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur, France

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from France, “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur, also written by the artist. The song is performed in French. I don’t speak French, but Wikipedia tells me that the song is “about a girl named Mercy who was born to Nigerian refugees on a boat on the Mediterranean Sea in the midst of the European migrant crisis.” Okay, if you say so…

Don’t get  me wrong here – this is a very beautiful song, the syncopation is elegant, vocalist Emilie Satt has an amazing voice, and the melody is very pretty. But if the song is about what the Wikipedia article indicates, why is the music video a totally abstract travelogue of French landmarks interspersed with studio shots of the duo singing, pouting, and in the case of the guitarist, looking like he’d want to be anywhere but where he is?  There is not ONE “true’ shot of Nigerian refugees anywhere in the video – well, in an abstract for there is, people wrapped in mylar blankets walking at the landmarks above and on the set as well – but it’s not really terribly definitive. I would have thought they’d want to include at least something more directly relating to the subject matter of the song, like news footage of the migrant crisis or something. Geez. The song will probably be a massive hit in France and in other French-speaking countries, but it has a very limited scope as far as non-French success, and I seriously doubt it has any real shot at making the US Charts.

France made its EuroVision debut in 1956 (the first year), and has appeared 60 times since then. They have won the Grand Championship five times – with “Dors, mon amor” by Andre Claveau in 1958, “Tom Pillibi” by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, “Un Premier Amor” by Isabelle Aubret in 1962, “Un jour, un enfant” by Frida Boccara in 1969’s one-of-a-kind four way tie (with Spain, The Netherlands, and the UK), and “L’oiseau et l’enfant” by Marie Myriam in 1977. Their luck ran out after that last win, and they’ve made the top five only twice in the 21st century, and finished last for the first ever in 2014. As one of the “Big Five” with Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, the song automatically gets a place in the Grand Final.

Here’s the official music video  – take a look. you’ll see what I meant above…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in!

This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!