Luce - A Baltard
This year, as last year, the winner of the French version of Pop Idol is a nice and talented young lady called Luce. She won and deserved it. It's better to see her singing these covers than only listening to it since she sometimes has not the technical skill that one could hope but if you imagine she had never sang elsewhere than in her bathroom beforehand, you'll be surprised. Nothing to do with Susan Boyle. She's a mix between Catherine Ringer (from Rita Mitsouko) and Beth Ditto (Gossip). Some of her covers are real gems to my ears, either old and classic French songs (Brel's "Ne me quitte pas" or " Piaf's "La vie en rose") or international standards ("Beautiful", "Dream a little dream of me" and the splendid version of "Over the rainbow"). Sometimes she really reincarnates the song ("Mad About You"). And when she's doing the mad girl, she's doing with such a candid way no-one can resist (on "Luxor j'adore" for example). I did not include all her covers cos' sometimes she failed (such as on "Miss you" from the Rolling Stones) but there are here almost all she sang at Baltard (the place these sets are) before winning the competition. You might think I'm not serious but now you saw that between doom and sludge I listen to Barry Ryan and Shocking Blue, it's likely you won't be so surprised. Enjoy it here. Below, some of the videos from the show. You can find all on the Nouvelle Star site here.