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Amir Haddad

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About

Quick Facts

Name
Laurent Amir Khifla Khedider Haddad

Born
20 June 1984

Nationality
🇫🇷 French

National Selection
Internal Selection 2016

In Eurovision
2016 Stockholm

Song
J’ai cherchĂ© (2016)

Biography

Laurent Amir Khalifa Khedider Haddad was born in Paris in 1984, into a Sephardic Jewish family originally from Tunisia and Morocco. The singer has a disability from birth, deafness; he only hears with his left ear.

After living in Sarcelles, in Val-d’Oise, his family made went to live in Israel when he was 8 years old. Since that age, he has used his middle name, Amir, as his usual first name.

Amir rose to fame in Israel in 2006, reaching the final of Kokhav Nolad, the Israeli version of Pop Idol. After this, Amir Haddad began studying dentistry, in parallel with the continuation of his musical career.

In 2011, he released his debut album, “Vayehi”, which he recorded in 2008 and wrote with musician Omri Dagan while they were still students. The album included the Hebrew version of Patrick Bruel’s “J’te l’dis encore”, as well as a collaboration with DJ Offer Nissim, covering the 1991 hit “DĂ©senchantĂ©e” by Mylène Farmer.

In August 2013 he participated in The Voice, la plus belle voix. As one of the four finalists, he finished in third position. After the end of the show, Amir participated in the compilation “Forever gentleman 2” in which he performed the song “Le Soleil de ma vie” with Camille Lou.

On February 29, 2016, France 2 announced that Amir would represent France at the 61st Eurovision Song Contest with the song
 J’ai cherchĂ©”. He finished sixth in the competition.

“Au coeur de moi”, the album including “J’ai cherchĂ©”, was released two weeks before, on April 29, 2016. It will became triple platinum.

On November 6, 2016, during the MTV Europe Music Awards, he received the trophy for best French artist. On November 12, 2016, during the 18th edition of the NRJ Music Awards 2016, he won two awards: Francophone Revelation of the Year and Francophone Song of the Year for “J’ai cherchĂ©”.

He was part of Les EnfoirĂ©s, a group that annually gives charity performances, from 2017 to 2019 and then 2021. He also commented the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for France 2. A few days later a duet with the group OneRepublic was released, called “No vacancy”.

On August 25, 2017, “États d’amour”, the first single from his third album “Addictions” was released. The album itself came out on October 27, was released. The album was certified triple platinum disc, 

Amir participated in the French dubbing of the American animated film Lego Ninjago, the film with the song “Higher. In 2019, Amir announced a break in his career on social networks. However. in 2020, he was a juror in the show Good Singers. In the same year, he starred in the film Adorables. On October 16, 2020, his third studio album, entitled “Ressources”, was released. He collaborated with the singer Sia on the title “1+1”, which was released on July 13, 2021.

In 2021, in the show of The Voice All Stars, Amir came to support Jenifer as a coach. From April 26, 2022, he played tge role of Alfred Nakache, nicknamed the swimmer from Auschwitz at the play Sélectionné.

Entries

J’ai cherchĂ©

Country
🇫🇷 France

Year
2016

Language
French
English

Lyrics
Amir Haddad
Nazim Khaled

Music
Amir Haddad
Nazim Khaled
Johan Errami

Backings
Fred d’Angelo
Delphine Elbé
Lars Häglund
Ivan Pavlak

Results Semi

Points: –
Position: –
Running order: –

Results Finals

Points: 257
Position: 6
Running order: 11

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