French-Israeli singer Amir Haddad will represent France in the upcoming Eurovision song contest in Stockholm on May 14, according to an official announcement on France 2 public radio. The singer, who is known in France by his first name only – Amir – will perform “J’ai cherché.” The song, released by Warner Music France on Thursday, is already a hit on local radio stations.
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"I am so proud and flattered to represent my country, France, at this epic song contest that celebrates all cultures of the large European family," Amir told the official Eurovision site following the announcement. "I watch the Eurovision Song Contest every year. It was my childhood dream to participate in the show. Trust me, I will give more than I can to make everyone proud of our performance.”
Haddad, 31, a French-born dentist, immigrated to Israel when he was 8-years-old. His family settled in the coastal city of Herzliya, where he sang in synagogues and as a hobby. He participated in the fourth season of the Israeli reality show “A Star is Born” in 2006 and fainted onstage in a live broadcast in the midst of a duet.
After he was eliminated from the show, Haddad signed with a French label and embarked on a European performance tour whilst completing his dentistry studies. In 2014 he tried his luck on the French version of “The Voice” and made it to third place. In the final broadcast he joined Kylie Minogue in a duet. Since then he has participated in the anthology album of covers “Forever Gentlemen 2” and has continued to perform in France.