Slimane has been announced as France’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 – some eight years after he rose to fame with his win on The Voice France in 2016.
In statements quoted by ESC’s official website, the artist showed himself retrospective: “It’s hard not to look in the rear-view mirror now that I know I’ll be representing my country at Eurovision! It’s completely crazy when I think about it. My first concerts in the bars of Pigalle, it seems like yesterday. My father taking me to my first casting. And then The Voice. My encounter with the public. The wonderful public that gave me the strength and desire to take on one of the greatest challenges of my career”.
Commenting on his participation in ESC 2024, Slimane said: “It’s an immense source of pride. A real responsibility too. In May, I’ll be singing in front of almost 200 million people. I’ll be singing for my parents. For my daughter. For France. And for you, you for whom I wrote this song…’”.