Not-so-random Song of the Week (1. – 6. 6. 2015)

Anne-Marie David – Tu Te Reconnaîtras (Luxembourg 1973)

This week has for me personally been dominated by two things: Heat and the ESCNation’s Winner Vote that I hosted. As I haven’t been able to decide on a song for the heat, I went for the winner of the voting: 1973’s Anne-Marie David from Luxembourg. She took the crown of “best winner” in a very exciting, tight voting with only a seven-point-margin to Italy’s Gigliola Cinquetti, but we’ll save that for another day. For now, let’s focus on Anne-Marie.

Back in 1973, the French B squad Luxembourg had recovered from the baisse that followed France Gall’s victory with a song that was more French than anything France sent in the last years and got a second taste of Eurovision glory, with Vicky Leandros (for once not a French, but not from Luxembourg either) giving the Grand Duchy its third victory the year before. Luxembourg chose a typical home entry: a nice and pretty girl singing a nice and pretty song, but nothing that screams winner for me. However, that “everything about it is nice, but I couldn’t care less for it” vibe this song has couldn’t stop it from winning again, even though Luxembourg refused to host again in 1974 and got rid of the main problem of a defended title like that.

The first thing I notice about Anne-Marie’s performance is that the whole venue (it’s a TV studio, isn’t it?) looks terribly messy and small – what a contrast to the current contests, or the 1968 stage we talked about last week! And it’s also not too interesting visually (or acoustically, to be honest), as you see the musicians or Anne-Marie’s face most of the time. The most interesting thing in it is, in my opinion, the fact that her microphone looks a bit like a hairbrush to me and that for most of the time, she’s placed at the right side of the picture instead of the middle for no apparent reason. This song is like A Million Voices, or Autumn Leaves (on CD), or Running Scared, and many more: There’s nothing I can say against it, but there’s also not much for me to say about it.

RATING: I can’t give Tu Te Reconnaîtras a bad rating, even though it sounds a bit like it. But I know why it never became a classic (ask 100 people on the street about it and you’ll probably get at least 90 times “what? who?” as an answer) and I don’t know why it got voted as best winner. 6/10

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