They don’t write songs like this anymore. French singer Séverine’s 1971 Eurovision winner, Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue, is my favourite song ever to win the contest. In fact, it’s in my top ten favourite songs of all time.
Ironically, however, the Parisian chanteuse won the contest for the tiny principality of Monaco.
The song went on to be a hit across Europe, even topping the charts in Sweden and making the top ten in the UK in its original French. The win opened many doors for Séverine, leading to a string of hits in France and Germany in particular.
Which country will win tonight’s pan-European popfest remains to be seen. Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands are the bookies’ favourites.
Although France has entered hipsters Twin Twin, their song isn’t one of their best and they would do well to finish in the top ten this evening.
It’s all far removed from the days when France and its fellow French-speaking countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland – scored highly year in, year out.
France hasn’t won the contest since 1977. Mind you, Séverine’s entry was the only time Monaco has ever proved victorious.
When it comes down to the voting tonight, may the best song win.