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"L'Orange / Wot"
Single by Star Academy 3
from the album Les Meilleurs Moments
B-side "Wot"
Released December 2003
Format CD single
Recorded France, 2003
Genre Pop
Length 2:51
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Writer(s) Pierre Delanoë
Gilbert Bécaud
Star Academy 3 singles chronology
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
"L'Orange / Wot"
Alternative cover
Original version by Gilbert Bécaud

"L'Orange" is a 1964 song recorded by French singer and songwriter Gilbert Bécaud. It was covered in 2003 by the contestants of the French third version of the TV reality show Star Academy, and achieved a great success in France and Belgium (Wallonia), where it topped the chart for several weeks. As of August 2014, the song was the 20th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 560,000 units sold.[1] In January 2004, thanks to the cover version, the original one by Gilbert Bécaud was charted for five weeks on the French Singles Chart, but peaked only at #89.[2]

The B-side of the CD single is "Wot!", a cover version of Captain Sensible's 1980s hit.

In the video, the participants of the Star Academy 3 perform the song in a market, and Michal, the finalist, is accused of having robbed an orange.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "L'Orange" — 2:51
  2. "Wot" — 3:07


Chart (2003–2004) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[3] 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 6
End of year chart (2003) Position
French Singles Chart[4] 17
End of year chart (2004) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[5] 26
French Singles Chart[6] 24
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 51
Preceded by
"Hey Oh" by Tragédie
French SNEP number-one single (first run)
14 December 2003 – 28 December 2003 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sexy pour moi" by Tragédie
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
10 January 2004 – 17 January 2004 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Shut Up" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Sexy pour moi" by Tragédie
French SNEP number-one single (second run)
11 January 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Si demain... (Turn Around)"
by Bonnie Tyler and Kareen Antonn


  1. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 9 (20-11)". Chartsinfrance, PureCharts. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "L'Orange" (original version), French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved September 30, 2008)
  3. ^ a b c "L'Orange", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 30 September 2008)
  4. ^ 2003 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance (Retrieved 30 September 2008)
  5. ^ 2003 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 30 September 2008)
  6. ^ 2004 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 30 September 2008)
  7. ^ 2004 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 30 September 2008)