Madame Monsieur about Mercy, Eurovision and the new album

There is no secret that the french entry this year is a hot favourite to win the Eurovision Sonmg Contest. We all know the story of Mercy, but the way Madame Monsieur put it into music is unique, soulful but at the same time it has that special thing that a good song has; nobody can say what it is…but it’s there. Emilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas formed the group in 2013, and since then they released one album called Tandem, and the seccond one is on it’s way. It will be called Vu d’ici, and you will find out a bit about it in this short interview. We thank them very much for taking the time to answer a few questions. First of all we want to congratulate them for an amazing entry this year and for all the promo tours they are doing, bringing Mercy closer to the audiences.

Escromania: How did you come up with the idea for this song. Was it specially written for Eurovision or it was an older idea that you transformed it into your entry for the contest?

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MM: 

Basically, I composed this song for this festival, we want to give a signal of alarm to the whole world about the tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea, our song talks a lot about these volunteers who choose to go to a simple mission and to prevent people from drowning in the sea. Beyond politics, there are people who die at sea and we have to save them. The song I wrote was after what happened to little Aylan and we made Mercy because Aylan was sad, and Mercy’s birth was not just that. There was something more to offer. The interest was this confrontation of many things: what people are willing to do to escape the horror, even a pregnant woman of nine months, are the SOS volunteers of the Mediterranean … And Aylan is also present in the choir that says ” I am all the children that the sea has taken in. Mercy symbolizes all these children, those born in improbable conditions like him, those who have been trapped in the situation, but Aylan represents only the shadow part of humanity and through Mercy is also the part of light.

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Escromania: We heared that the costumes for your performance this year will be designed by the magnificent Jean Paul Gaultier. Will it be again all black?…or will he use some colours?
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MM:
We can hardly answer the second question, but we can say that the black will always be close to us, we have told other foreign journalists that we have chosen this color because we do not want to ruin the message of the song, the public’s eyes should be on the message of the song, not in us.
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Escromania: Untill you won the ticket for Lisbon, were you big Eurovision fans? What’s your absolute favourite entry of all times in Eurovision?
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MM:
Of course we follow the festival, and one of our favorite song is the beautiful song of Ukraine 2016, the message and the history of this song have entered in my hearts. We are not afraid of any song, they are all good and they all deserve to win, each song has its message, and each artist is fighting for their country, it is a pride to represent your country in the most important music festival in the world.
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Escromania: You will be competing with 42 other countries… Is there any song that you are “afraid” of this year? And do you have a favourite enty among the other contestants?
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MM:
A favorite song of this year would be the song of Israel, it seems to be a great favorite in the final …
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Escromania:  What can you tell us about your new album, Vu d’ici ?
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MM:
The new album is almost ready, and there is a new story in it. A song called “Like a Queen”, inspired by an interview with a good friend who talked about her relationship with her body. A strong little girl who spoke of her in a very brutal and honest way, telling her how she was alone.
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Escromania: Do you have a message for your romanian fans?…which by the way, are a lot .. 🙂
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MM:
Thank you all for your support, we are happy to discover that Romanian fans appreciate us, and we hope that the message of our song will make them better with the people who around us…
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Thank you very much  Madame Monsieur  and the best of luck in Lisbon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the official video of  Madame Monsieur – “Mercy” :

photo source: Madame Monsieur  Facebook page

Ionut Demetriad for Escromania.com

 

 

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