Dare to dance with the devil? Alvan & Ahez certainly did with “Fulenn,” their bewitching entry that took Eurovision by storm, or should we say, by wildfire.

In this article, we’ll tiptoe around the bonfire of this Breton banger, dissecting the enchantment of its lyrics and the spectacle of its performance.

So, lace up your dancing shoes and prepare for a whirlwind of cultural charisma as we unpack the mystique behind France’s daringly different Eurovision gamble.

Ready for a rhythmic romp through the woods? Let’s twirl into the article and let “Fulenn” cast its spell all over again.

This is the Eurovision Corgi review of “Fulenn” by Alvan & Ahez for Eurovision 2022.

Who Are Alvan & Ahez?

Alvan & Ahez are a dynamic collaboration that brought an electrifying energy to the Eurovision stage in 2022.

Alvan, whose real name is Alexis Morvan-Rosius, is a French musician known for his vibrant electro-folk sound. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who has carved out a niche in the French music scene with his ability to blend traditional melodies with pulsating electronic beats.

On the other hand, Ahez is a captivating vocal trio hailing from Brittany, a region with a rich cultural heritage. The trio is known for their enchanting harmonies and for singing in Breton, a regional language that speaks to the heart of their identity.

The union of Alvan’s innovative electronic flair and Ahez’s traditional vocal prowess created a fusion unlike any other, epitomized by their Eurovision entry “Fulenn.” This song is a powerful celebration of Breton folklore and modern music, a combination that resonates with both the old soul and the contemporary heart.

Their collaboration is a testament to France’s diverse cultural tapestry. By choosing Alvan & Ahez as their representatives, France showcased not only its commitment to cultural diversity but also its forward-thinking approach to music.

The blend of ancient Breton myths with cutting-edge electronic music exemplifies the country’s ability to honor its past while boldly stepping into the future.

Song Analysis – “Fulenn”

“Fulenn,” performed by the enchanting collaboration of Alvan & Ahez, is a song that evokes the wild, untamed spirit of Breton mythology, wrapped in the cloak of the night.

This song is a narrative of liberation, a dance of defiance against the constraints of convention and the watchful eyes of society. It’s a celebration of the primal, the mystical, and the sheer joy of dance.

The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a night that comes alive in the heart of the forest, where the stars themselves seem to flicker in time with the rustle of the leaves.

A solitary feminine figure emerges, dancing with a torch’s flame as her partner. She’s unafraid, undeterred by the creatures of the night, transforming their covetous gazes into a chorus that rises with the smoke of the fire.

The song’s chorus, a bold declaration of dancing with the devil, serves as a metaphor for embracing one’s true nature, regardless of the judgment this may invite. It’s a statement of autonomy and empowerment, a refusal to be tamed or shamed by the whispers of the wild.

Meanwhile, the repeated phrase “so what?” is a shrug at the taboos and a challenge to the status quo.

As the song progresses, the forest itself seems to join in the ritual, pulsating with the rhythm of the flames. The magic of the dance climbs the towering trees, an enchanting spell that touches everything around it.

The “spark” in the clearing is both literal and figurative, a beacon of passion and a symbol of the dancer’s indomitable spirit.

The mystical “lalalalalalaleno” is like an incantation, a hypnotic and potent charm that weaves through the melody, inviting everyone to join in the dance. It’s a call to cast aside fears and to spin, wild and free, around the fearless spark that is the heart of the song.

“Fulenn” is a tribute to those who dance to the beat of their own drum, who find in the rhythm of the earth a reflection of their own hearts. It’s a song for the rebels, the dreamers, and the dancers who light up the dark with their fiery souls.

Overall Impression

I must confess, I have a particular soft spot for Eurovision entries that seamlessly blend folk and cultural richness with contemporary flair, and “Fulenn” by Alvan & Ahez hits all the right notes for me.

There’s just something about the way they marry the ancient with the modern that resonates deeply, scratching an itch for authenticity and freshness in music.

It’s the same reason tracks like “Shum” and “Solovey” by Go_A, Ukraine’s unforgettable entries in 2021 and 2020, remain staples on my personal playlist. “Fulenn” has joined these ranks, with its hypnotic rhythms and cultural heartbeat making it a mainstay in my rotation.

During their live performance, there were moments that seemed slightly unpolished, a raw edge that one might not expect on such a grand stage.

Yet, far from detracting from the experience, these imperfections wove themselves into the fabric of the performance, enhancing the mystical and tribal essence that “Fulenn” exudes. There’s a certain charm in the unrefined, a reminder that at its core, music is an expression of human emotion and heritage, not a pursuit of perfection.

Despite my deep appreciation for the song, the sting of seeing such an innovative and exhilarating act finish near the bottom of the Eurovision scoreboard is something I’m admittedly still grappling with.

France, often under scrutiny for “playing it safe” with their Eurovision entries, broke the mold with “Fulenn,” only to be met with a result that felt like a cold shoulder to their artistic gamble.

It’s a tough pill to swallow, especially when you witness a country take a chance on something so distinctly unique, only to have it underappreciated.

“Fulenn” deserved more, and its place in the final standings will forever be a point of Eurovision heartache for me.

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Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn” – Lyrics (Original)

Tan de’i

E teñvalijenn ar c’hoadeier e tiwan an noz
Ar stered a deu war-wel en hiboud direpoz
Ur skeud benel a droidell ouzh skleurenn ur flamboz

Oc’h ober fae deus ar fall loened e tansan
Me bak an tan en o lagad leun a droukc’hoant
Ha dreiñ ‘n’añ en ur c’han da gan’ a-unvan
Dañsal a ra gant an diaoul ha para?
Dañsal a ran gant an diaoul ha para?

Entan ha taras, entan jabadao ha taras
Trid’ a ra ar c’hoad ouzh stok’ ar fulenn a-bilpaz
He hud dudius a bign betek penn ar gwez bras

Oc’h ober fae deus ar fall loened e tañsan
Me bak an tan en o lagad leun a droukc’hoant
Ha dreiñ ‘n’añ en ur c’han da gan’ a-unvan

Dispont ‘kreiz an digoadenn e tans ar fulenn
Treiñ ha distreiñ en-dro de’i eneoù dichadenn
Treiñ ha distreiñ en-dro de’i eneoù dichadenn
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo

Dañsal a ran gant an diaoul ha para?
Ga”n diaoul e tansan
Dañsal a ra gant an diaoul ha para?
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo

Dispont ‘kreiz an digoadenn e tañѕ аr fulenn

Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn” – Lyrics (English)

Let’s go

The night sprouts in the obscurity of the woods
The stars appear in the restless rustling
A feminine shadow twirls in the light of a torch

I dance, ignoring the wild animals
I steal the fire from their lustful eyes
And turn it into a song to be sung in unison
She dances with the devil, so what?
I dance with the devil, so what?

Burning and mud, burning, feast and mud
The forest vibrates at the touch of the dancing flame
Her enchanting magic ascends the great trees

I dance, ignoring the wild animals
I steal the fire from their lustful eyes
And turn it into a song to be sung in unison

Fearless in the middle of the clearing dances the spark
Raging souls spinning and spinning around her
Raging souls spinning and spinning around her
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo

I dance with the devil, so what?
With the devil I dance
She dances with the devil, so what?
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo
Lalalalalalaleno lalelalalo

Fearless in the middle of the clearing dances the ѕpаrk

Final Thoughts – “Fulenn”

As we extinguish the torch on our journey through the bewitching world of “Fulenn,” it’s clear that Alvan & Ahez have ignited more than just a flame in the Eurovision forest—they’ve sparked a conversation.

Whether you found yourself entranced by the dance or simply curious about the French flair that dared to twirl with the devil, your thoughts are the next act we’re dying to see. So, don’t leave us in the dark—share your fiery opinions in the comments below!

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