He announced it by surprise in a video posted on Instagram on Saturday. In a few months, Nagui will launch "The Artist" on France 2. A "talent show", in the vein of "New star", "The Voice" or "Incredible talent", with the difference that it will only concern singer-songwriters. "I prefer to go in search of a Goldman, a Cabrel or a Renaud, than performers, even talented ones, like Johnny, Céline Dion or Kendji Girac", he summarizes. A way to encourage the new generation, incredibly promising, in the line of Vianney, Eddy de Pretto or Aya Nakamura.
Because, the host reminds us forcefully, we must not oppose “singer-songwriter” and “popularity”.
“All styles of music can benefit from a writing talent.
That doesn't prevent us from wanting to jiggle and hum
Balance your what,
So we dance
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We can therefore expect, at least for the first show, various styles: French song, rock, slam, electro, pop, RnB, urban music… How many artists?
Impossible to say today: the casting has not yet started.
“Above twenty, one will not be able to hold in two hours of emission.
Below ten, it seems a bit short to me, ”says Nagui, who will adjust according to the quality of the songs received.
Then the viewers will decide.
No coach, no sponsor.
The public will have all the cards in their hands.
For each program, broadcast live and in prime time, he will be able to say “stop” or “again”.
In the end, there will be only one or one left.
On the set, three professional jurors, not yet chosen, will also give their opinion.
"I want songs that touch us emotionally"
"I want songs that touch us emotionally, in laughter, in tears, in embarrassment, in shock, in trouble, in eroticism", warns the host, who quotes for example the words of "Heart". On her new album, Clara Luciani evokes violence against women: "The only blows that love forgives are love at first sight". Nagui also expects texts that disturb. No question of chasing bad buzz or scandal, but no question of censorship either. “Take
, by Renaud
(Editor's note: released in 1975)
. There he treats the President of the Republic of King of idiots. Can you imagine the weight of a song like that as a bonus? The moment of embarrassment? "The risk, the presenter of" Taratata "is ready to take it. It sets a limit: the law.
To select the artists, a digital platform will be put online in the coming month.
Singer-songwriters will be able to deposit their pieces there.
They will be decided by a group of ten people from Air Productions, the Nagui company, France 2 and France Inter, partner of the program.
That the duets and the groups are reassured, it also works if one writes the texts, the other the music and a third takes the microphone.
"We're not going to refuse the Beatles if they show up!"
»Jokes Nagui, who recalls that they started with hook radios.
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In the meantime, the one who stops “Everyone wants to take their place” is delighted that Endemol / Shine has chosen to produce “Each in turn”, presented by Bruno Guillon, at the start of the school year. "I am only the author of this project," says Nagui. The game will combine general culture and Japanese billiards. »In this project resulting from the fairgrounds, it is necessary to place balls in the holes of a large slightly inclined wooden track.