Amir Haddad

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Amir Haddad
עמיר חדד
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Haddad in 2016
Background information
Birth name Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad
Born (1984-06-20) 20 June 1984 (age 32)[1]
Paris, France
Origin Israel
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2006–present
Labels Warner Music France
Associated acts Patrick Bruel
Website amirhaddadofficial.com

Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad (Hebrew: לורן עמיר חליפה חדידר חדד‎‎, born 20 June 1984 in Paris, France[2]), better known as Amir Haddad (Hebrew: עמיר חדד‎‎), or simply as Amir, is a French-Israeli singer and songwriter.[3] He took part in 2006 in the Israeli music competition Kokhav Nolad, released his album Vayehi in 2011 and was a finalist in French competition The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Jenifer finishing third in the competition. He represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "J'ai cherché", which finished in 6th place.

Early life[edit]

Haddad was born in Paris, France to Sephardic Jewish parents from Tunisia and Morocco.[4] He grew up in Sarcelles (Val-d'Oise) and immigrated to Israel in 1992 at the age of 8 as part of Aliyah residing in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv district.[4] He sang as a young child in the synagogue and in various social events.

Amir was born with a hearing loss of 50% and only hears the left side.[5][6]

Career[edit]

2006–13: Kokhav Nolad & Vayehi[edit]

Amir in 2016

He came to fame in 2006 with his participation in the fourth season of the Israeli song competition Kokhav Nolad (in Hebrew כוכב נולד meaning A Star is Born),[7] the Israeli equivalent of the Pop Idol held May to September 2006. He was the first candidate to sing mostly French language songs during the audition. He advanced for 4 stages before being eliminated.[4]

The series was won by Jacko Eisenberg. Not winning in the season, he finished his obligatory military service in the Israeli Defence Forces and continued his studies in dentistry in Hebrew University of Jerusalem graduating in 2012. His song "Kache limtso milim", the Hebrew version of Patrick Bruel's French hit "J'te l'dis quand même", came alongside a music video. Bruel loved Amir's rendition so much he invited him to sing it with him in a grand event in Raanana Park on 23 May 2008 in front of 8000 spectators.[2] He sang it yet again much later in 2013, during the gala in tribute of Anaelle Ledoroth in Paris on 27 May 2013.

In 2011, Amir Haddad released his debut studio album Vayehi co-written by himself and Omri Dagan[3] during the years when Amir was a university student.[8] The album included his already popular version of "Kache limtso milim". He also revived a 1990s hit "Désenchantée" by French artist Mylène Farmer. Haddad's version was produced by the famous Israeli producer Offer Nissim.[8] Meanwhile, he pursued his passion in music.

At the end of the competition, Haddad was signed to a French label,[4] creating a following in France, Switzerland, the United States and Brazil in addition to Israel. He cooperated with a number of artists, notably Shlomi Shabat, Haim Moshe, Dudu Aharon, Gad Elbaz and Eyal Golan.

2014–15: The Voice: la plus belle voix[edit]

In 2014, he took part in season 3 of the French television series The Voice: la plus belle voix[7][9] broadcast on TF1 from 11 January 2014 to 10 May 2014. In the blind auditions, Haddad sang "Candle in the Wind" from Elton John with all four coaches, Garou, Mika, Jenifer and Florent Pagny turning their chairs.[10] Haddad chose to be part of Team Jenifer.[11] He made it to the Final where he finished third.

Performances[edit]

Performed Song Original artist Result
Blind audition "Candle in the Wind" Elton John Joined Team Jenifer
Musical battle "Radioactive"(against François Lachance) Imagine Dragons Won Battle
L'épreuve ultime 1 "Né en 17 à Leidenstadt Fredericks Goldman Jones Saved by coach
Live 1 "Counting Stars" OneRepublic Saved by the public vote
Live 3 "Lucie" Pascal Obispo Saved by the public vote
Live 4 "Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars Saved by the public vote
Semi-final "Comme un fils" Corneille Qualified for the final[A]
Final "All of Me" John Legend Third[B]
"La voix des sages" (duet with original singer Noah) Yannick Noah
"Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer" (duet with coach Jenifer) Calogero

Amir toured France with other The Voice finalists. He also appeared in compilation album Forever Gentleman 2, in the concert by charity association Leurs voix pour l'espoir in Olympia, Paris, appeared in the #OBJETPUBLIC calendar of the magazine Public and many other appearances. He also released a music video for "Candle in the Wind", a song he had interpreted during the blind auditions in The Voice. He is preparing a first album in French.[12] In 2015, he released the hit single "Oasis" under the mononym Amir charting in SNEP, the French Singles Chart.

2016–present: Eurovision and Au cœur de moi[edit]

Amir performing at Eurovision 2016

In 2016 he was selected by French public broadcaster France 2 to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[13] Amir's song was chosen internally by France 2 by a committee headed by France 2 entertainment director Nathalie André and the newly appointed French Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest Edoardo Grassi after having received 280 submissions. The song titled "J'ai cherché" is co-written by Amir himself, Nazim Khaled and Johan Errami and contains lyrics in a bilingual mix of French and English.[14]

France 2 had originally planned to reveal the entry on 12 March 2016, however, information that Amir would represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was leaked on 25 February 2016 during the D8 talk show programme Touche pas à mon poste!, hosted by Cyril Hanouna.[15] "J'ai cherché" was edited and remixed by Skydancers and Nazim Khaled at the request of the French broadcaster since the song exceeded three minutes in its original version, which had already been released as the first single from Amir's forthcoming album.[16] The entry was formally presented to the public on 12 March 2016 during the France 2 programme The DiCaire Show, hosted by Véronic DiCaire.[17]

The song finished 6th overall in the grand final with 257 points, France's best placing since 2002 and the country's highest-scoring entry in their contest history. He released his second studio album Au cœur de moi on 29 April 2016, the album has peaked at number 6 on the French Albums Chart and has been certified double platinum, the album has also charted in Belgium and Switzerland, earning a gold certification in Switzerland. "On dirait" was released as the third single from the album on 29 August 2016. The song has peaked at number 15 on the French Singles Chart. "Au cœur de moi" was released as the forth single from the album on 6 February 2017.

He will join Stéphane Bern and Marianne James as a commentator for France 2 at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv on May 13.

Personal life[edit]

On 7 July 2014, Amir married Lital, his longtime companion in Israel.[18]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications Notes
FRA
[19]
BEL (Fl)
[20]
BEL (Wa)
[21]
SWI
[22]
Vayehi
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Au cœur de moi[23] 6 136 14 36
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[19]
AUT
[24]
BEL (Fl)
[20]
BEL (Wa)
[21]
GER
[25]
SPA
[26]
SWE
[27]
SWI
[22]
"All of Me" 2014 122 Non-album single
"Oasis" 2015 101 Au cœur de moi
"J'ai cherché" 2016 2 58 [C] 4 80 33 45 59
"On dirait" 15 14
"Au cœur de moi" 2017 111
[28]
[D]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Ref.
"Candle in the Wind" 2014 [29]
"Oasis" 2015 [30]
"J'ai cherché" 2016 [31]
"On dirait" [32]
"Au cœur de moi" 2017 [33]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2016 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Breakthrough of the Year Won
Francophone Song of the Year ("J'ai cherché")
MTV Europe Music Awards Best French Act

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Qualified for the final with joint coach/public vote 79.9/150 against team member Manon Trinquier.
  2. ^ Finished third with 18% of public vote. Winner for the season Kendji Girac with 51% of votes.
  3. ^ "J'ai cherché" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number five on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.[20]
  4. ^ "Au cœur de moi" did not chart on the Walloon Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 18 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.[21]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Amir Haddad". Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Le Parisien: Amir, le Sarcellois devenu star en Israël
  3. ^ a b Cool Israel: Le franco-israélien Amir Haddad tape dans l’œil de Jenifer
  4. ^ a b c d "סבתות מתות עלי" (Hebrew)
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2016 – Amir Haddad : 5 things to know about the finalist "The Voice" | Appnews.be Blogging about Anything From Hightech to Politics". Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Eurovision 2016 – Amir Haddad : 5 choses à savoir sur le finaliste "The Voice"". www.purepeople.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  7. ^ a b Tribune Juive: Amir Haddad : chercher sa voix (French)
  8. ^ a b Kol Records: Amir Haddad biography
  9. ^ Ynet: הישראלי עמיר חדד ב-"The Voice" צרפת (Hebrew)
  10. ^ PurePeople: The Voice: Amir propulse Candle in the wind, et Louis Delort tente une percée (French)
  11. ^ Closer Mag: The Voice 3: Amir - "Avec Jenifer on n'a pas forcément les mêmes goûts musicaux" (French)
  12. ^ Amir ("The Voice 3") prépare son premier album pour 2015 (French)
  13. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (29 February 2016). "Amir is the French choice for Stockholm". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (4 February 2016). "The French entry to be announced on March 12th". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Eurovision 2016: Amir Haddad serait le candidat de la France". 20minutes.fr (in French). 20 minutes. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Decant, Charles (2 March 2016). "Eurovision 2016 : Nathalie André évoque le choix d'Amir et la fuite dans "TPMP"". ozap.com (in French). PureMédias. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (24 February 2016). "French entry to be announced on The DiCaire Show, 12 March". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Voici: Amir (The Voice 3) a épousé Lital, sa compagne de longue date - Un mariage de rêve (French)
  19. ^ a b "Discographie Amir". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ a b c "Discographie Amir". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ a b c "Discographie Amir". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ a b "Discographie Amir". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Au cœur de moi by Amir on iTunes
  24. ^ "Discographie Amir". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  25. ^ "Discographie Amir". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "Discography Amir: Songs". Spanish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  27. ^ "Discography Amir". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 16, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  29. ^ Amir - Candle In The Wind (clip officiel) - YouTube
  30. ^ Amir Officiel - Oasis - YouTube
  31. ^ Amir - J'ai cherché (Clip officiel) - YouTube
  32. ^ Amir - On dirait (Clip officiel) - YouTube
  33. ^ Amir - Au coeur de moi (Clip officiel) - YouTube

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lisa Angell
with "N'oubliez pas"
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Alma
with "Requiem"