France: Tom Leeb to fly the flag in Rotterdam!
Through the FB acounnt “Eurovision France”, France 2 revealed that Tom Leeb will be the country’s next Eurovision representative at the contest in Rotterdam.
Without surprising most of the fans, as Tom was according to French media the clear favortite for a while now, France 2 unveiled that Tom Leeb will defend the French colors in Rotterdam next May . After two year’s of national finals through the format of Destination Eurovision, the broadcaster returned this year to an internal selection.
A few words about Tom
Tom is a 30-year-old singer, actor and comedian. He was born in Paris and comes from a musical family, as his father Michel Leeb is a famous comedian and his sister an established singer. Tom has played as a support act for international stars such as Sting and Tom Jones. His music inspirations are male singer-songwriters like Ben Howard, Matt Corby, Bon Iver and John Mayer.
In September 2019, Tom released his debut album Recollection. The audio clip of Are We Too Late has reached an impressive 25 million YouTube views. You can watch the official music video below.
Tom lived 5 years in New York studying theatre, cinema and singing. He previously performed in a theatrical adaptation of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire and acted in various French TV shows and movies alongside established stars such as Jean Reno. He is part of a comedy duo with fellow comedian Kevin Levy.
The Eurovision Story so far
France is one of the seven countries that had its first participation back in 1956. Since then the country has won the contest 5 times. Last time was in 1977, with Marie Myriam and her song L’oiseau et l’enfant. The last two years, however, seems to be an increasing interest for the contest .
Destination Eurovision was used for the first time as the country’s national selection format in 2018, including two recorded semi final shows and a live grand final. Last year was the first time France held a nationa final since 2014. Last year’s winners was the duo Madame Monsieur who represented France in Lisbon with their entry “Mercy” which finished 13th.
In 2019 Bilal Hassani won the second edition of Destination Eurovision 2019 and defended the French colours in Tel Aviv with his entry Roi which came 16th in the Grand final.