Thursday, 31 December 2009


Live Final of La France a un incroyable talent season 4 (LFAIT), the French version of Simon Cowell's Got Talent franchise, yesterday evening on French private channel M6.

10 finalists: So United Crew (Dance), Mohamed Cheddadi (Michael Jackson impersonator and Magician), Sabrina Aganier (Contortionist), Agnieszka (Singer), Les Echos-Liés (Humoristic urban dance group), Skorpion (Dance), Léa (Singer/composer), Florian (Magician), Céline Perret (Opera Singer), Secrets of Moonwalk (Dance)

The jury: producer from Quebec Gilbert Rozon (founder and president of the Just for Laughs festival) - back from previous seasons. Actress/director Valérie Stroh and comedian and humorist Smaïn. They could not buzz as only vote of the viewers counted. Actually they were on an odd Strawberry Shortcake mode, being widely over indulgent even if Rozon tried a snark to the audience (« It's the only audience we found») and practiced a minimalist version of his now famous duo with Smaïn

10: Sabrina Aganier.
9: Secrets of Moonwalk. The only contenders to get critics from Rozon and Stroh, the latter confessing her lassitude towards their usual Michael Jackson tribute choreography.
8. Agniezka.
7. Mohamed Cheddadi.
6. Léa.
5. So United Crew.
4. Céline... Does The Great French Public like Opera and classical music? She deserved to win with her beautiful rendition of Gounod's Ave Maria. I didn't write she would (Bruno, a French Paul Potts, was N°2 in 2007).
3. Florian. Someone should have hidden his CDs before his number. The young man is good, though.
2. Skorpion.
1. Les Echos-Liés. Remember Diversity won Britain's Got Talent 2009. Honestly I was far more impressed by what they did in audition, and there was less dance and more comedy than previous times. They win the € 100.000 and the worldwide tour with transformist Arturo Brachetti.

This season 4 makeover by production company FremantleMedia France and channel M6 was subtile enough to surf on what the SuBo effect brought to BGT without delivering a pale imitation. The true winners of LFAIT 2009 are the creative forces behind the programme, and the new jury.

Never forget that the true stars of these talent shows are the judges.

Verdict: 5/10

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