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Amir Haddad
עמיר חדד
ESC2016 - France Meet & Greet 26 (crop) (cropped)
Haddad in 2016
Background
Birth name Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad
Born (1984-06-20) 20 1984 (age 35)
Paris, France
Origin Israel
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Years active 2006–present
Label Warner Music France
Associated acts Patrick Bruel
Website http://amirhaddadofficial.com/

Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad (born 20 June 1984 in Paris, France), better known as Amir Haddad, or simply as Amir, is a French-Israeli singer and songwriter. He took part in 2006 in the Israeli music competition Kokhav Nolad, released his album Vayehi in 2011 and was a finalist in French competition The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Jenifer finishing third in the competition. He represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "J'ai cherché", which finished in 6th place.

Early life

Haddad was born in Paris, France to Sephardic Jewish parents from Tunisia and Morocco. He grew up in Sarcelles (Val-d'Oise) and immigrated to Israel in 1992 at the age of 8 as part of Aliyah residing in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv district. He sang as a young child in the synagogue and in various social events.

Amir was born with a hearing loss of 50% and only hears the left side.

2016–present: Eurovision, Europa and Au cœur de moi

ESC2 - France 01

Amir performing at ESC 2

In 2016 he was selected by French public broadcaster France 2 to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Amir's song was chosen internally by France 2 by a committee headed by France 2 entertainment director Nathalie André and the newly appointed French Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest Edoardo Grassi after having received 280 submissions. The song titled "J'ai cherché" is co-written by Amir himself, Nazim Khaled and Johan Errami and contains lyrics in a bilingual mix of French and English.

France 2 had originally planned to reveal the entry on 12 March 2016, however, information that Amir would represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was leaked on 25 February 2016 during the D8 talk show programme Touche pas à mon poste!, hosted by Cyril Hanouna. "J'ai cherché" was edited and remixed by Skydancers and Nazim Khaled at the request of the French broadcaster since the song exceeded three minutes in its original version, which had already been released as the first single from Amir's forthcoming album. The entry was formally presented to the public on 12 March 2016 during the France 2 programme The DiCaire Show, hosted by Véronic DiCaire.

The song finished 6th overall in the grand final with 257 points, France's best placing since 2002 and the country's highest-scoring entry in their contest history. He released his second studio album Au cœur de moi on 29 April 2016, the album has peaked at number 6 on the French Albums Chart and has been certified double platinum, the album has also charted in Belgium and Switzerland, earning a gold certification in Switzerland. "On dirait" was released as the third single from the album on 29 August 2016. The song has peaked at number 15 on the French Singles Chart. "Au cœur de moi" was released as the fourth single from the album on 6 February 2017.

He joined Stéphane Bern and Marianne James as a commentator for France 2 at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv on May 13.

He represented France in the second edition of the Europa Song Contest with the song "Au cœur de moi in Oldenburg, Germany.

Personal life

On 7 July 2014, Amir married Lital, his longtime companion in Israel.

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA BEL BEL SWI
Vayehi
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Au cœur de moi
  • Released: 29 April 2016
  • Label: Warner Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD
6 136 14 36
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • SNEP: 2x Platinum
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA AUT BEL BEL GER SPA SWE SWI
"All of Me" 2014 122 Non-album single
"Oasis" 2015 101 Au cœur de moi
"J'ai cherché" 2016 2 58 - 4 80 33 45 59
  • SNEP: Platinum
"On dirait" 15 14
  • SNEP: Gold
"Au cœur de moi" 2017 111 -
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category
2016 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Breakthrough of the Year
Francophone Song of the Year ("J'ai cherché")
MTV Europe Music Awards Best French Act
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