America goes electro: The results!

Hello and welcome back to the Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina where we are about to find out the song and artist that will get to represent the United States in the upcoming 20th edition of Fête de la Chanson! The performances have wrapped up, the voting from the national juries is over and we have a valid result.

But before we go any further, please give a big round of applause to our ridiculously handsome host, mr. Mehcad Brooks!

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And he is going to be joined on stage by the ultra-glamorous fellow thespian ms. Samira Wiley!

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Carefully watching over our proceedings in the VIP section of the Charleston Music Hall is none other than South Carolina’s most famous son. Please welcome President Frank Underwood!

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Competing tonight and eagerly waiting for the results are three acts that hope to represent the U.S. of A. Let’s remember our three candidates again:

1. “I try to talk to you” – Hercules & Love Affair feat. John Grant
2. “Shadow” – Chromatics
3. “Don’t take the money” – Bleachers

And here are the 15 international juries that helped us make a decision. This is the order they voted and the order their results will be revealed!

IL Israel (Oxi)
JP Japan (Anders)
PT Portugal (PJ)
AM Armenia (Avat)
FR France (Hjallis)
RO Romania (Arpatilaos)
venezuela Venezuela (Donnie)
CL Chile (Franco)
egypt Egypt (Shevek)
DK Denmark (Martin)
Brazil Brazil (Dimitris)
lebanon Lebanon (Dino)
lesotho Lesotho (Toggie)
NO Norway (Ovidarch)
AU Australia (Razvan)

Before we start with the results,  our interval act is the previous US representative at FdlC mr. Jason Isbell! He will perform “If we were vampires” from his just-released album “The Nashville sound”.

 

But without further ado, let’s proceed with the actual results! Please note that the order the songs are ranked in each board will change according to their points total as each new result rolls in. First up to vote is Israel and Oxi! And it seems that “Don’t take the money” and the Bleachers are off to a very good start!

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Next up to vote is Japan and the Anders! First 12p of the night for Hercules & Love Affair and “I try to talk to you”!

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Next to vote is Portugal and we welcome PJ to the contest! The Bleachers expand their lead!

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Our fourth vote of the evening comes from Armenia and Avat! Hercules & LA score another 12p!

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Up next to vote is France and Hjallis! His vote just produced a tie between the Bleachers and Hercules & Love Affair!

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Romania and Arpatilaos are the sixth to vote. And they have just pushed Hercules & LA over the edge with their fourth 12p!

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It’s time for Venezuela and Donnie to vote. And he brings back the tie between the Bleachers and Hercules & LA. Exciting!

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From Venezuela, we go to the nation of Chile and Franco! He seems to agree with his fellow latin americans and pushes the Bleachers over the edge, once again!

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It is time for Egypt and Shevek to vote. And the top spot changes once again with the 5th  set of 12p for Hercules & Love Affair!

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From Egypt we go to the much colder climes of Denmark and Martin. Hercules and LA expand their lead. The Chromatics still have no 12 points!

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But it is time for Brazil and Dimitris to vote. And yes, the Chromatics with “Shadow” get their first 12 points!

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Up next is Lebanon and Dino. The Chromatics enjoy a late surge, but with only 3 votes left, will it be enough? Only six points separate the leaders!

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Next to vote is Lesotho and Toggie. He went for Hercules & Love Affair which now enjoy a 15 point lead but there are still two votes left!

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Norway and Ovidarch have the penultimate vote. The Chromatics get their third 12 points and the top two is now separated by 12 points as well!

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And finally with the last vote that belongs to Australia and Razvan! Another 12 points for the Chromatics which puts them in a tie with the Bleachers but still not enough to catch the leader!

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So there we have it folks! With a final 9-point lead, the song that will represent the USA at FdlC20 is “I try to talk to you” by Hercules and Love Affair! It is the song that achieved the most top placings  (7 out of 15, versus 4 each for the other two) but also the most last placings (7 as well)!

 

Thank you so much  for voting everybody and let’s hear it from the winner once again!

 

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FdlC20: America goes electro

Hello and welcome to the US National Final for the 20th edition of Fête de la Chanson! Since I have three songs that I love and couldn’t make up my mind, you get to decide which song will represent the U.S. of A. We are in the Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina and our hosts are the actors Mehcad Brooks and Samira Wiley.

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Please give 12 points to your favourite song, 6 points to your second favourite and 3 points to your least favourite and send me your votes.  Voting will close at 19:59 CET on the 18th of June. Our hosts will then reveal all the votes one by one and add up all the points to determine the overall winner in a special results post on Sunday night!

Without further ado, here are the three songs that are competing for the U.S. crown:

1. “I try to talk to you” – Hercules & Love Affair

Hercules & Love Affair is the project of Colorado-born DJ Andy Butler who named them after the greek mythological story of Hercules and his lover Hylas. Here he teams up with fellow coloradoan John Grant. The song is taken from the 2014 album “Feast of the broken heart” and deals with the subject of discovering that your love interest is HIV-positive.

2. “Shadow” – Chromatics

The Chromatics are a Portland-based band and they released “Shadow” in 2015. The song got a new lease of life (and an official video) two weeks ago, when it featured in the second episode of the legendary David Lynch TV show “Twin Peaks: The Return”. Fans are still waiting for the Chromatics’ fifth album “Dear Tommy”.

3. “Don’t take the money” – Bleachers

The New Jersey-born Jack Antonoff was the lead guitarist of fun. and has already won three Grammys for his songwriting work with artists like Lorde and Taylor Swift. His work for the Bleachers is heavily influenced by the sound of ’80s pop music. “Don’t take the money” is taken from his just-released third album “Gone now”.

 

Voted:

IL Israel (Oxi)
JP Japan (Anders)
PT Portugal (PJ)
AM Armenia (Avat)
FR France (Hjallis)
RO Romania (Arpatilaos)
venezuela Venezuela (Donnie)
CL Chile (Franco)
egypt Egypt (Shevek)
DK Denmark (Martin)
Brazil Brazil (Dimitris)
lebanon Lebanon (Dino)
🇱🇸 Lesotho (Toggie)
NO Norway (Ovidarch)
AU Australia (Razvan)

You can check the full results here.