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WATCH: France Gives You Nearly Nude Hot Military Dudes (i.e., A Reason To Care About Eurovision)

We’re still more than two months out from the Eurovision Song Contest final on May 26, but with all of the 42 participating countries now having picked their national crooning representatives, the jockeying to see who can become Europe’s newest pop/schlock royalty has begun.

And speaking of Jockeys, blessed France has just released the sizzling official video for “Echo (You and I),” its 2012 Eurovision entry (above).

The clip is hyped up on homoerotics, with a pack of incredibly hot military men who—when not whistling, sewing and making out with each other through their gas masks—enjoy just hanging out together in their tighty-whities. (As reader Tomer points out, the male lead here is Israeli model Yonatan Wegman.)

Oh yeah, the singer’s pretty smokin’ too: She’s 37-year-old Indonesian-born Anggun (left), who’s been charting across Europe and Asia for a decade and a half.

“Echo,” which actually begins after a 45-second bit featuring none other than gay god Jean Paul Gaultier, is pretty dang good, especially as Eurovision songs go.

If the gays have anything to say about it (which in this realm, they always do), France and Anggun will do well in the May final.

Ready for more Eurovision? Never fear, yours truly is a shameless aficionado who’ll be bringing you all sorts of Euro-ridiculousness in the weeks to come.

Images via YouTube and Ueli Frey

By:           Dan Allen
On:           Mar 16, 2012
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  • 20 Comments
    • Frank
      Frank

      Hot guys…weird song….c’est simplemet bizarre

      Mar 16, 2012 at 8:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tomer
      Tomer

      it’s Israeli model Jonathan Wogman

      Mar 16, 2012 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tavdy79
      Tavdy79

      I haven’t even heard my nation’s offering (I’m British) nor have I bothered to listen to the French one yet, but I already know the Frogs will thrash les Rosbifs hands down – we’ve chosen Engelbert Humberdinck as our singer. WTF?

      Mar 16, 2012 at 9:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adrian
      Adrian

      The tone in her voice reminds me a little of Annie Lennox.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RJM
      RJM

      Love the gasmask kiss at 3:11 :)

      Mar 16, 2012 at 10:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • file
      file

      i like it

      Mar 16, 2012 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AladinSane
      AladinSane

      Can’t believe a woman capable of doing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXtAMGwUqgM has been reduced to this tripe.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen
      Dan Allen

      @Tomer: Right you are about Yonatan, thanks for the info… link added above.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul
      Paul

      GREAT to see Anggun again and that’s she’s enjoying success! She was much more fab to watch than the boys! Shame she’s not more popular in the US.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      @AladinSane: Oh my God. I’ve completely forgotten about that performance.Thank you. :)

      Mar 17, 2012 at 4:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AladinSane
      AladinSane

      @Belize: Anytime. It was hard for me to believe they were one and the same person. One has passion and talent, the other a dance beat… :p

      Mar 17, 2012 at 4:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brink
      Brink

      @AladinSane: I know this song seems to be passionless, unfortunately this is the type that seems to capture todays youth .. sad but truth . anyways I still feel a sense of pride for anggun, because even though this song is a little bit generic, she still has meaning when she wrote it .. but you should listen to her new album “echoes” it will show you just how genuine and versatile she is as an artist. Full of talent this woman ;) Her album luminescence was a hit .. it shouldve been released in the US :( would have done wonders!

      Mar 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J Ascher
      J Ascher

      Good video and song! For some reason, when the soldiers starting coming down the assembly line, I thought it was something out of a Doctor Who episode!

      Mar 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobito
      bobito

      @AladinSane: Wow! thanks for posting that, really! Always loved Bowie, but never heard this cover. She’s wonderful.

      Mar 18, 2012 at 7:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sistercylon
      Sistercylon

      That is a terrible song.

      Mar 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adrian
      Adrian [Different person #1 using similar name]

      I’ve been a fan of Anggun for over a decade, yes she’s done other better things, but this is good stuff, especially, you know, for Eurovision.

      Worry not, she still has that passion and talent : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl9kscuuV6o – and her latest album, Echoes, is quite alt-rock (!) leaning. This woman is seriously versatile in her music – one minute she does dance-pop, one minute she plays the piano singing ballads. She’s amazing. I hope she’ll find more success and recognition with the new album.

      Mar 19, 2012 at 2:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James
      James

      The Russians aren’t going to like this…

      Mar 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott Rose
      Scott Rose

      Que fait le cochon la-dedans?

      Jan 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NormdePlume
      NormdePlume

      Let me save you some time. Start around 1:30; Stop around 2:30ish

      Mar 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kiltfan
      kiltfan

      @Tavdy79: Our entry this year is very credible indie artist called Molly with a song called ‘Children of the Universe’. We will definatly get 12 points from Ukraine as one of the repeated lyrics is ‘Power to the people’. This is the link to her page on the official Eurovision site with a video of the song:

      http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/year/participant-profile/?song=31363

      I like it a lot.

      Apr 26, 2014 at 9:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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