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France’s beating heart: Zoé Clauzure has rhythm

18 November 2023 at 13:00 CET
🇫🇷 France - Zoé Clauzure - First Rehearsal - Junior Eurovision 2023 Corinne Cumming / EBU
Zoé Clauzure is stepping onto the Junior Eurovision 2023 stage to defend France’s title. Her song ‘Cœur’ has stolen France’s heart — can she capture Europe’s too?

When it comes to Zoé, she can usually be found composing music in a notebook, playing the piano (her all time favourite birthday present), or singing. This 13-year-old musician from Montrouge has got a long list of achievements. She’s earned her The Voice Kids (France) badge, where she reached the semi-final in 2020, and she’s even performed a duet with Eurovision legend Amir. She’s improvised a duet with French singer Yseult and opened for the artist Lou. If that’s not enough, she’s also recorded a range of beautiful covers, including Billie Eilish’s What Was I Made For.

Cœur was written by three talented songwriters. Jérémy Chapron has written and produced for a huge range of artists, and now he can add Zoé to his list alongside Kids United, Tina Arena, and former Junior Eurovision French entry and host, Carla. Julien Comblat is also behind the music, and is an award-winning songwriter who claimed the NRJ Music Award for the best French language song of the year in 2022. He’s collaborated with top talent like M Pokora, Arcadian, and Claudio Capéo. The lyrics for Cœur come from the mind of Noée, a singer-songwriter from Nantes who signed her first record contract in 2023.

It’s obvious Zoé has a creative soul, and there’s more than music in her heart. She spends a lot of her free time crafting and taking photographs. This young creative might be used to taking beautiful sunset photos, but we can probably expect some great backstage snaps from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Zoé’s pop star hero is Lady Gaga. She loves the way Gaga’s songs are so unique, and that she's created her own universe through singing, instruments, and acting. In fact if Zoé had the power of invisibility, she’d get stuck into that Gaga universe by sneaking into one of her shows. She also loves French indie singer Zaho de Sagazan and international sensation Billie Eilish.

Just like her pop heroes, Zoé sings from the heart. Her Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry is all about victory against bullies, getting out the message through upbeat pop rhythms.

Zoe says: “Music is a way to express myself outside language, and I’m quite talkative, but that’s not enough for me.”

You can learn more about Zoé Clauzure right here.

Junior Eurovision 2023 took place in Nice, France on Sunday 26 November and was won by Zoé Clauzure from France! You can rewatch it live via the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel (if available in your country).

All 16 songs are available to watch on our YouTube channel and listen to the official album on all streaming platforms, and of course, you're invited to vote for your favourites too! How do I vote in Junior Eurovision? Here's how...

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