In the spotlight: Tom Leeb

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With his song, ‘Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)’, Tom Leeb was chosen to represent France in 2020. In light of the unfortunate cancellation of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, we wish to highlight the impressive acts which were to appear. This is “In the Spotlight”, our story in honor of the artists who would have made up this year’s edition of the world’s largest live music event.

The French public broadcaster FT returned to an internal selection in 2020 and appointed Tom Leeb as representative of the Eurovision Song Contest. In a new twist, the broadcaster asked French and European publishers to write a song specifically for the competition.

After reviewing over 100 songs, they selected and broadcast the French-English ballad, My ally (the best in me), live from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Regarding his selection, Tom said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is an emblematic and unifying event; I am so proud to represent France. “

Who is Tom?

Tom lived in New York for 5 years, studying theater, film and singing. His acting titles include acting in a theatrical adaptation of Ms. Doubtfire as well as in French television shows and films. He is also part of the comic duo Kevin and Tom who has a popular YouTube channel including skits and songs. This 30-year-old can add the singer, actor, actor and now representative of the Eurovision Song Contest to his CV.

Under the Roy Music label, Tom releases his album Memory in 2019 and an acoustic version of his single Are we too late has garnered over 25 million views. Tom lists Ben Howard, Matt Corby, Bon Iver and John Mayer as his musical inspirations. He also played the supporting role for international superstars Sting and Tom Jones.

READ MORE: Participant profile of Tom

Peter Boström, Thomas G: son, John Lundvik (Sweden 2019), Tom Leeb, Amir Haddad (France 2016) and Lea Ivanne all contributed to the writing The best in me. The song was composed by Peter Boström and Thomas G: a son who was a huge success at Eurovision with Euphoria de Loreen, the winning song at the 2012 Eurovision song contest in Baku.

French representative of Eurovision 2020 Tom LeebArno Lam – FTV

In the weeks since the show was canceled, Tom got busy, playing live sessions at home on his Facebook account, demonstrating his musical talents by playing the guitar, keyboard and (almost) recorder.

You can follow Tom on the following social media platforms:

LISTEN: Current The best in me and other Eurovision 2020 songs on Spotify

France at the Eurovision song contest

France has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since its conception in 1956 and has had a good start, ranking in the top 5 during the first 10 years of the competition. In 1969 France had a record of 4 wins – the country with the most titles at the time. However, France has not had success since 1977, when it won for the fifth and last time with the song The Bird And The Child, performed by Marie Myriam.

France had never finished last until 2014, when the Twin Twin group arrived last in the Grand Final with Mustache. France returned to the Top 10 in 2016 with Amir and I sought who narrowly missed a spot in the top 5 in Stockholm.

Here are our top 10 choices for France in Eurovision:

READ MORE: Country page of France

Last year, Bilal Hassani represented France in Tel Aviv at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with the song King, who relayed a message of self-acceptance and hope. He finished in 16th place in the grand final.

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