The finale of the “Les Francophones Ont du Talent” (French-speaking People Are Talented), was held at L’Espace, located at 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District.

The event opened with free admission to those keen on Francophone chansons.

The competition was originally intended only for local youths aged between 16 and 26, but with enthusiastic public embrace, it later welcomed all Vietnamese 16 years old and above.

Eva Nguyen Binh, counselor on technical cooperation and cultural action at the French Embassy in Vietnam, came up with the idea of organizing such a national competition in a bid to nurture local youths’ interest in Francophone songs.

“Through such songs, which are a refined combination of poetic lyrics and creative puns, youngsters will be keener on the French language,” she said.

The contest, which kicked off in September, required contenders to submit a video featuring them in a French musical work.

Six girls and four guys from Hanoi, the central city of Da Nang, the northern province of Ninh Binh, and Ho Chi Minh City beat more than 100 competitors to advance into the finale on Saturday.

These young people share their passion for the European country’s music and culture with their local predecessors, but they have gained remarkably better access to various French musical genres thanks to the Internet.

The contestants’ playlists ranged from catchy tunes to more technically demanding, profound chansons.

Cedric Drouard, who was a guitarist and lead singer of the Minimum Serious band, a famed French pop punk group who recently disbanded, sat on the contest’s jury along with several cultural and linguistic specialists from the French Embassy in Hanoi.

The man has lived and performed in Hanoi since his band broke up, and is a founder and asset to Puzzle, a club gathering French music enthusiasts in the Vietnamese capital.

Tuoi Tre News - December 6, 2015