Fête de la Chanson On Hiatus

Bienvenue! After a year’s cycle of contests, Fête de la Chanson is ready to break for two months in order to promote our parent contest, ETSC. However, before you go, there’s a few things you should know.

First of all, the tentative dates for our return edition will be coordinated with the second edition of ETSC in August, so keep an eye out then for that information. Second, I think we should have one more world edition after ETSC before deciding to go back to Europe. By doing this, there will be a balance between European contests (the two ETSCs and FdlC 9) and world contests (FdlCs 6, 7, and 8). However, that’s up for debate and we’ll finalize that decision closer to August. In the mean time, enjoy your summers and both myself and Patrick hope to see you around for ETSC! We’ll leave you with the reigning winner of Fête de la Chanson, Criolo of Brazil.

239 thoughts on “Fête de la Chanson On Hiatus

  1. My Russian entry was going to be Gorog 312’s “Ostanus” – “I will stay”! Unfortunatly it is nearly 10 years that this song is released ! It was the OST of the movie where Jeana Friske played the main role! here are the official video and lyrics :

    At the end of the tunnel there is bright light
    of a blind star.
    There are footprints
    on dry leaves.
    Pulse is still beating under skin,
    So we have to carry on living…
    Maybe I will never come back,
    Or maybe I will stay with you.

    I’ll stay as ashes on your lips,
    I’ll stay as fire in your eyes,
    And in your hands as breath of wind…
    I’ll stay as snow on your cheek.
    I’ll stay as light in the distance…
    For you I’ll stay
    as light.

    At the end of the tunnel there is bright light
    and I am walking…
    I am walking on burnt grass,
    and on thin ice.

    Don’t cry, I’m not afraid of pain
    as there’s no pain.
    Maybe I will never come back,
    Or maybe I will stay with you.
    I’ll stay as ashes on your lips,
    I’ll stay as fire in your eyes,
    And in your hands as breath of wind…
    I’ll stay as snow on your cheek.
    I’ll stay as light in the distance…
    For you I’ll stay
    as light.
    as light.

    I’ll stay as ashes on your lips,
    I’ll stay as fire in your eyes,
    And in your hands as breath of wind…
    I’ll stay as snow on your cheek.
    I’ll stay as light in the distance.
    For you I’ll stay as
    light.

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    • I have several old tracks from Cuba and Ethiopia.

      My list, though I don’t need it.

      Mali
      Belize
      Brazil I have NF list for Brazil.
      USA (NF)

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      • Do i remember right that the release date for songs eligible for ETSC is 1.1.2009?

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      • All my hopefuls are eligible minus the two UK ones as covers and re-release are not eligible for ETSC. I might stage a NF fro Cyprus🙂 One song is in the dialect. Can u tell? :p

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      • One song i really like was released in 2008 so it’s not elegible for ETSC.
        An original song that was released after 2009 and it’s in the Cypriot dialect?Nothing comes to mind atm.

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      • Tbh,i thought of Alkinoos Ioannidis but there’s no song in Cypriot dialect in his last album.

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      • That’s FdLC.

        For ETSC3 I am rooting for Norway, Sweden, Cyprus and France (ETSC4). With such competition for the two Nordics and France being occupied by Morgan it is likely I will end up with Cyprus. I have finalised the NF just td🙂

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      • You should have known better. All countries you mentioned BUT Cyprus are extremely popular on-line…

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      • Yes but I found some great songs. And normally i don’t do popular countries :p It is my time now.

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      • LOL. Interesting you and Dimitris have no clue of that song. BUT don’t dare post it in case you have a guess :p

        The Cypriot NF is interesting

        I have two Turkish Cypriot songs (Turkish; one blues-jazz and an ethno-pop), one from a Cypriot-Armenian singing in English (song is artsy I would say). And one from a Greek-Cypriot (folk song).

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      • I really have no clue. I know a certain Cypriot band (French-named) doing folk (the one Avat goes for with Armenia). Does it ring a bell?
        The Armenian-Cypriot could be Hovig though…😛

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      • Ι think I should stage that NF during ETSC3 to save you from guessing for the whole of summer :p

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  2. Relistening to ETSC 2 now ! 39 countries and 21 !!! entries I liked ! Plus a BIG SCANDAL ! Czech Republic has grown on me and Denmark was for sure underrated!
    It’s gonna be a tough edition this July!

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  3. I still don’t know if I’ll participate in ETSC because my life is on a bumpy road atm. I had to cancel my 4 week holiday (the flight would have been in 6 hours …) because of health issues in my family.😦
    As a substitute for the missed holiday, I have a huge new project now which will keep me busy for the next 3 months. No holidays before October.😦

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    • I’m so sorry.Since health comes first i hope everything will be fine in the end.Maybe you should use ETSC as a positive distraction.I know i have done it in the past.🙂

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      • Well we’ll see. Atm, I am just a mess … In a condition like this, I might be in danger of choosing sth really weird …

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    • What a shame. I hope your relative is fine. I know the feeling. Two years ago I had to abandon my trip to Morocco as 4 days before the flight I found out my passport was expired. I was gutted! I arranged everything in May (trip for September) but since I was busy preparing the first draft of my thesis I never checked my passport :p

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      • It turned out to be for my good. Now I have more budget🙂 However, I wanted that trip. It supposed to be the ideal treat for myself after completing the draft…instead i went to London :p I really want to go to Morocco but i need a partner in crime. I don;t want to do it alone :p

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      • I know what you feel like. I had cobbled together the perfect route on the Western Balkans … Velebit (Senj, Jablanac, Karlobag, Starigrad Paaklenica, Maslenica Bridge), Nin, Zadar, Telascica & Kornati, Sibenik, Zlarin, Krka NP, Trogir, Split, Omis with Cetina Gorge, Imotski, Biokovo, Ston, Peljesac, Korcula, Mljet, Arboretum Trstenik, Dubrovnik, Konavle, Savina, Perast, Kotor, Krstac, Njegos Mausoleum, Cetinje, Lake Skadar, Ostrog Monastery, Trebinje, Tvrdos and Zavala Monasteries, Stolac, Pocitelj, Blagaj, Mostar, Sarajevo, Visegrad, Travnik, Jajce, Una NP, Bihac, Plitvice Lakes … I even wrote an individual travel guide for my parents (250 pages) … and all for nought😦 … but only for now.🙂

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    • I ‘ve been to Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Skradin-Krka NP, Dubrovnik, Sibenik and Hvar island during my trip to Croatia and Balkans last year! I liked Zadar most!

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      • I❤ Sibenik but Zadar is fantastic too, in particular watching the sunset from the sea organ.🙂
        Hvar is beautiful … but I hate obscenely rich people, and there are definitely too many of those on Hvar.

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      • During my visit on Hvar island, I stayed in Jelsa which I thought was pretty nice!

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      • Sibenik Cathedral is the most fascinating church in the world imo and the Square of the Croatian Republic is the most beautiful town sqaure I know. Plus, from Sv. Ivan Fortress you can see almost all of Northern Dalmatia.🙂

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      • I’ve been to Sibenik and seen the Cathedral but it was night! Same as with St Ivan😦
        I remember eating in a nice restaurant next to the square. Was it Pelegrini?

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      • Pellegrini is fantastic.🙂
        Good night Donnie.🙂
        Sv. Ivan? Really? It’s wilderness there. Not Sv. Mihovil above the Old Town?

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  4. An update on Greece: The referendum has gained the parliamentary approval with the votes of Syriza,the extreme right of independent Greeks and the neonazis of golden dawn.The rest of the parties rejected it.

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    • I dont have a say in this in first place and even if I had ( I have an opinion of course) we would most probably disagree on the procedure and the outcome. I just want to say I appreciate direct democracy and hope the people will participate in the process and vote according to what they believe. Then both sides must accept the result.
      Whatever the result is and whatever the future of Greece is in the EU or the euro, the whole establishment must really try to push the restart button and recognize its flaws. It is vital so that we avoid the further rise of the far right in europe – solely responsible for which is the EU at its current form.

      Good luck !🙂

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      • I fear you have a black or white approach and that doesn’t help.Far right isn’t the only problem.The far left is a danger too.You may think you know what Syriza is but i believe you don’t.The prime minister’s speech last night was divisive and anti-EU and as you can see by who supported his proposal it helped unite the Anti-EU front of far left,the xenophobic right and the neonazis.Greece is a country with zero production and competitiveness.It cannot survive like it is outside the Eurozone and the EU.What Syriza wants is for Europe to keep financing our deficit without checking where the money goes and whether we will finally decide to push for deep,structural reforms.If they wanted a referendum they should have held one 4 months ago and not now after the bailout program has expired.The very question of the referendum is vague and complicated and the fact that the EU offer is now off the table makes it redundant.I’m sure people will challenge it in the courts afterwards.The question is: Should we accept the institutions offer which is consisted of 2 parts:a)Reforms for the completion of the current program and beyond.b)Preliminary debt sustainabilty analysis.NO or YES.I’m sure the 70 y.o lady from Epirus or your average housewife will have to become an expert in a week and make a comprehensive decision on that.
        The truth is the negotiating team dramatically failed in every phase of the negotiation.They brought a deal that their MPS won’t vote for so in order to avoid losing power they prefer to put the burden on the peoples shoulders.And let me add that it’s easy to theoriticize about this when it won’t affect your own life.You say:Let’s see if this move can change the EU structure and reform it.Not at the expense of my country please.

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      • Based on how you put things I am far left too haha🙂 Which I am ok with, I am proud to support the european left (the EP group – where Syriza belongs as well). The main misunderstanding here is that basically the european left is the most pro-european group that exists in EU and the european parliament right now. So is Syriza accordingly. They see where this is going and are asking for the EU to return to its main purpose and structural form and not this two speed (at the very least) union of non flexible rich northern loaners and southerners drowned in debt, sustained by a never ending cycle of loans, austerity, recession, more loans.
        We have hear about the vast success in Portugal and Ireland. Does anybody know the salaries there and where they are ? What people are going through because of all the “success” ?
        You may accept the current bailout deal ok. What next ? Even more recession, regardless of what government you had imo (even if it was the previous center right center left coalition).
        Your main mistake is that this government was not voted in when the crisis started back then. Now it finds itself in front of the consequences of the full acceptance of the EU recessionary policies by the previous governments. They tried hard to negotiate in new terms but unfortunately they were speaking with bureaucrats that have little understanding of the reality that creeps up on the EU establishment and continue with the same language, same tactics, same ideas.
        It takes guts imo to bring a referendum and go for the direct democracy approach on such an issue. You don’t even need know the specifics of each and every policy imo – you know it goes for more recession, that’s the whole philosophy of all those EU bailout programs – direct income so more money can be cashed out to pay the debt and sustain the banks and that only comes through taxation etc – they never cared about any kind of “deep structural reform”.

        Nothing is going to happen at the expense of your country, there is no procedure for you to leave the euro unless you want to and parties of the european left do not want that in any case.

        IMO you will probably approve the bail out deal, mainly out of the climate that will be cultivated for the next week. You may also change a government because of it and be back on the ways things were before this government were elected – what you will have is never ending austerity and bail out deals – till you say enough is enough as citizens (if you don’t say it now and I think you won’t) or till the EU leadership changes and the new leadership sees some sense.

        I am pretty sure we will disagree, we obviously come from very different ideological points.

        I wish you (as a country) good luck anyway whatever your decision ! And I do believe much can change and be learned in the EU and by the EU out of the whole Greek crisis.

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      • You seem to not know the basics about Greek politics and economy which is understandable but this is why you shouldn’t be so in favor of one side,imo.
        Greece had a primary deficit of 24 billion euros back in 2009.The markets were ready to pull the plug so the Eurozone had to step in and handle a never seen before situation.So,it was all our fault that we ended up calling for help and we were lucky enough to be part of a union that was there for us.Of course,we had to reform our state in order to stop producing deficits.Syriza was elected on an anti-austerity platform.They knew what the situation was and yet they decided to lie to people about what they can do.Tsipras said: We will be playing the drums and the markets will be dancing.There’s no way Mrs Merkel won’t back down.Since 2011 they are on a divisive campaign.We only know what’s right for the people.We don’t want nothing for us.We want everything for the people.Who ever doesn’t agree with them is called a traitor,someone who serves the German interests in Greece.There’s no room for someone who thinks differently.The syriza trolls attack people using the social media.Only a few days ago the most popular Greek cartoonist had to shut his fb page down because of the vile attacks by the syriza trolls.His crime was that he dared to criticize the way the government is negotiating.Doesn’t it sound at all weird to you that their coalition partner is a xenophobic,homophobic extreme right party?
        Europe is changing but it’s a paneuropean institution.It can’t change in a day and not because one left government was elected.There are 19 countries in the eurozone and their rights and desires have to be respected too.
        Last but not least,Syriza has followed the previous ruling parties methods in securing top administartive posts to its people.Their wives,husbands,cousins etc and the prominent party members all got a nice job working for the state.
        We have a 6 day capital control atm.The banks won’t open until July 6 at the earliest.But ERT3 the third channel of our national broadcaster will be reopening tomorrow.Yeah!More people working for the public sector.

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      • I am well aware of european politics (and world politics for that matter) don’t worry.

        Anyway, there is no point, spirits are obviously high in your country and you exhibit quite a lot of anti-left sentiment to have a conversation which is ok for me.

        I am happy the public broadcaster is coming back on air though and I will continue supporting the healthy views of the european left as they are expressed by its members, including syriza, Die Linke etc on what the european union consists🙂

        Anyway I am sure even other greek users here would disagree with you. Let’s not continue this, I do not think we will change each others mind on such issues.

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      • And how is that an argument?That other Greek members in here may disagree with me?You replied to my comment so i was always going to express my opinion no matter what any other members here think.I have an anti-left sentiment if and only you have an anti-everyone else sentiment.And as the far as the public proadcaster concerned this will be its’ third chanell to operate.The first 2 started airing the program 3 weeks ago.
        One thing that i will agree with is that we don’t need to continue talking about it.🙂

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      • It’s possible and the way it’s being conducted doesn’t really help the democratic process.

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      • What do you expect? I’m really excited for this referendum either way the result is going to be really interesting.

        Will the vote be a yes in which case this would silence the far left and return greece to the centre ground and accept it has to take the tough medicine in order to get better.

        OR

        Will the vote be a No, and Greece delivers a striking blow to the European elite, this ever larger bureaucratic beast which has no appetite for democracy and seeks to rule with fear and intimidation like the capital from hunger games. Declaring independence from the EU, regaining control of its currency, its finances and its regulation and bouncing back leading the way for countless other European countries suffering under the capital (brussels) such as Italy, Spain, UK, Ireland, Cyprus to finally regain their sovereignty too!

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      • I think Greece will say Yes sadly, if not, then just like Ireland under the Lisbon treaty vote, they will be bullied into a revote and bullied into voting for yes.

        As you know I’m on the Centre-Right, I believe in Fiscal Responsibility, but more importantly than that, I believe in Democracy and National Sovereignty.

        While I do hope Greece eventually takes the decision to live within its means, more importantly is that it should be Greece that comes to the realisation and makes the decision. I don’t want to see my ideology imposed.

        As a Conservative Brit, I do have to thank Gordon Brown, a socialist for keeping the UK out of the Euro, this is not a matter of Left vs Right, but of national sovereignty vs an EU bureaucracy.

        Even as someone in favour of fiscal responsibility, I will never understand the segment of Greek population that are prepared to put up with literally anything, including starvation, just so they can remain in the institution that is inflicting this pain upon them.

        If Greece had its own currency, yes there’d still be pain and cuts, but it would be up to the Greek government where they fell, not Piece of Junk Junker. The currency would devalue, which would make imports more expensive, but also make debts more manageable and encourage Foreign Direct Investment into the country, and boost the already strong tourism sector.

        Sadly, I now think some sort of stitched up compromise will be reached for a 6 month extension which just means we get to do this whole thing again in November/December and the endless cycle will never cease:/

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