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Anggun is Baku-bound for France at 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

By Johnny Summerton
Posted Nov 29, 2011 in Entertainment
There has been no messing around by France in deciding who'll represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, that annual jamboree that brings together the very cheesiest of what Europe has to offer "musically" speaking.
France 3 television, which chooses the act every year - none of that ineffectual allowing the public to decide - has plumped for Indonesian-born singer Anggun.
The 37-year-old will carry the hopes of her adopted homeland when she takes to the stage in the final to be held on May 26 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, that country well-known to be at the heart of Europe.
Get hold of a map to see just how far east of most of the rest of the continent it really is.
Azerbaijan won the right to stage next year's contest when it beat all the other entries at Eurovision 2011 with the never-to-be-remembered "Running Scared" by duo Eldar & Nigar (Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal).
Anyway, back to Anggun, who's clearly as pleased as punch that she has been chosen.
"It's a wonderful present for someone like me who only became a naturalised French citizen in 2000," she told the national daily Aujourd'hui en France - Le Parisien.
"Without doubt I symbolise a modern-day France; a country that is a mix of races and cultures," she continued.
"When I was growing up the contest was always considered a bit tacky and rather old fashioned, but it's a great show and very important for many countries," she added.
"Secretly we all want to win. I'm going to shine for France."
Ho hum. Famous last words.
Choosing Anggun might well be considered strategically clever as she has had sizeable international success apparently.
You might not have heard of her, but plenty have according to her official website.
But the same sort of reasoning was behind the choice of Patricia Kaas when she sang the French entry in Moscow in 2009. Kaas only managed eighth place.
And then there was the fiasco that was such a "shitty finish" for last year's representative Amaury Vassili who for some inexplicable reason went into the competition as the bookmakers' favourite.
His dire "Sognu" could only manage a lowly 15th spot with a mighty 82 points.
Anggun told LCI television that she knew the responsibility that lay on her shoulders was a "heavy one" especially as the last time France won the contest was back in 1977 when Marie Myriam sang "L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant".
And of the song she'll be singing?
"It hasn't been chosen yet," she told LCI television.
"It'll be one that has never released before and will be a joint decision taken by France Television and my management."
Here's a taste of what Baku can expect - although it's obviously not the song Anggun will be performing.

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