Echo (You and I)

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"Echo (You and I)"
Single by Anggun
Released30 January 2012 (2012-01-30)
GenreDance-pop, Electronic dance music
Songwriter(s)Anggun, William Rousseau, Jean-Pierre Pilot
Anggun singles chronology
"Only Love"
"Echo (You and I)"
"Vivre d'amour"
Audio sample
You and I
Music video
Anggun - Echo (You and I) on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 entry
William Rousseau, Jean-Pierre Pilot
William Rousseau, Anggun
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Sognu" (2011)
"L'enfer et moi" (2013) ►

"Echo (You and I)" is a song by Indonesian/French singer-songwriter Anggun. A mixed French-English song, it was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The song was released as the lead single from the international edition of her album Echoes and the third single in France. The full English version of "Echo (You and I)" was later included on her Indonesia-only compilation Best-Of: Design of a Decade 2003–2013 (2013).


On 29 November 2011, Anggun was announced by the France Télévisions as the French representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Marie Claire Mezzette, the head of the Entertainment Department at France 3, explained that Anggun had been a strong candidate for a long time and last year they were hesitating between her and Amaury Vassili.[1] Speaking about the selection, Anggun said, "It's really a great honour. It's a lovely gift for me as I'm of Indonesian origin, but having been naturalised French since 2000. I undoubtedly symbolise a mixed France of today, made up of many cultures. Your country has given me a beautiful language, a beautiful identity. Secretly, we all want to win. I'm going to shine for France."[1]


Anggun composed the song in collaboration with musicians William Rousseau and Jean-Pierre Pilot.[2] For the mixing of the song she enlisted the help of Veronica Ferraro, who has worked on David Guetta's latest project. On 29 December 2011, the demo of the song, entitled "Europa", was sent to several media and was claimed to be as engaging and inviting as Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Britney Spears's "I Wanna Go".[3] On 17 January 2012, Anggun announced the official title of the song, "Echo (You and I)".[2] The song is mostly in French, with few English lyrics in its chorus. The full English version will be recorded.[2]

Release and promotion[edit]

"Echo (You and I)" was previewed exclusively at Midem on 29 January 2012. The single was released on all legal digital platforms on 30 January 2012. An ultra-limited edition cd single of "Echo (You and I) was released on 9 April 2012 in France[4]

Anggun embarked on a promotional tour to more than 15 countries in Europe.[5] She made live appearances to perform the song during the national song selections of several countries, including Malta, Ukraine, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Greece.[6][7][8]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on 13 March 2012 and was uploaded on Anggun and Eurovision's YouTube channels on the same day. However, the music video was taken down on Eurovision's channel and was re-uploaded again on 20 March 2012 to cut out the beginning of the video which showed various product placements, such as Anggun riding a Dacia Lodgy car with her friends, and talking to a stylist in the studio while numerous hair and beauty products are being used on her.[citation needed]

The video shows Anggun inside a military base where new recruits are seen being trained. The video was shot in Paris and BucharestLodgy to appear in Anggun's video clip "Echo (You and I)" - Groupe Renault.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012[edit]

As one of the "Big Five", the song automatically qualified for the Eurovision grand final. It was drawn to perform 9th. Anggun performed wearing a shiny metallic dress designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. She was accompanied by two backing vocals and three acrobatic dancers. [9]

The song performed below expectations finishing in 22nd place scoring just 21 points, with nul points from the televoting. Anggun later told the press that she had originally hoped to reach a place within the top 10 and was deeply disappointed with the result.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Echo (You and I)" – 3:03


Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Bubbling Under Wallonia)[13] 42
France (SNEP)[14] 74


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  3. ^ "Anggun a-t-elle un tube sous le coude pour l'Eurovision?". Yahoo!. 2011-12-29. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
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  5. ^ "Echo (You and I) // Press Release". 2012-01-25. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  6. ^ "It's Kurt Calleja's night in Malta - Eurovision Song Contest Lisbon 2018". Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Videos". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Eleftheria Eleftheriou to represent Greece - Eurovision Song Contest Lisbon 2018". Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Anggun echoes the Baku Crystal Hall". 19 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Certains concurrents n'ont pas mérité d'être devant nous". 28 May 2012. LeParisien. 28 May 2012. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Echo (You and I): Anggun". Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  12. ^ "Echo (You and I) - Single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  13. ^ "Anggun – Echo (You and I)" (in French). Ultratip.
  14. ^ "Anggun – Echo (You and I)" (in French). Les classement single.