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Singer claims he’ll win song contest he can’t even enter



My very talented friend Frances, part of the organisation of the Concours de la Chanson de l’Alliance Française (French Song Contest of the Alliance Française) here in the Netherlands was at the hairdresser’s this week and grabbed a tabloid while she was waiting.

Claude Francis, a Belgian singer who apparently sings international musical numbers in French, claims that he’ll win the above-mentioned song contest because he’s better than all the silly Dutch folk who know squat about French music. It may not read this way word for word in Dutch, but the repeated phone calls Frances received from this man pleading to be entered into the contest in order to win it kinda point that way.

What’s the big deal? It’s a Dutch contest and so you have to live in the Netherlands to enter it. He claims to have a girlfriend in a Dutch town and so he’s often in Netherlands, and he thinks that’s good enough.

Already claming to win a contest you can’t enter is just stupid — unless he was misquoted. Time to get a manager who can communicate, methinks.

(Photo: Privé, 11 March 2009)

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  1. Hello,
    By coincidence I stumbled across this strange piece of information.
    Funny to see how news can be twisted around.
    I never said the words used in the article.
    I just love to sing and French is my native language.
    I never claimed to be able to win or to be the best or any such silly remarks.
    In 2009 I ended up in the finals with the Musical Star contest of radio 90fm, in the Netherlands.
    People in the jury, amongst whom the journalist who wrote this article, told me I should participate in the Concours de la Chanson de l’Alliance Française in the Netherlands.
    When I enquired I found out only people living in the Netherlands can participate.
    As I love to sing I thought it was a pity I could not enter.
    If anyone wants to know more about me, my singing, or what I think, please contact me!
    Claude Francis

    • Orangemaster says:

      Thanks Claude for the additional information. It does surprise me that someone in the jury who knows the rules would say something misleading. We got our information straight from the organisation.

  2. Dear Claude,

    Of course I remember this article. It wasn’t a member of the jury of the Concours who you met at your contest.
    We have actually changed the conditions to participate last year. In 2010 two groups from Vlaanderen participated in the Concours de la Chanson Alliance Francaise.
    Let me know if you are interested and if you live in Vlaanderen, or have a look at the site of the Alliance Francaise, You will find all information there.

    Best regards, Frances Gramende ( Organisor Concours de la Chanson Alliance Francaise )

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