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Le grand soir (song)

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Le grand soir (song)

"Le grand soir"
Eurovision Song Contest 2005 entry
Alec Mansion,
Frédéric Zeitoun
Alec Mansion,
Frédéric Zeitoun
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "1 Life" (2004)   
"Je t'adore" (2006) ►

"Le grand soir" ("The big night") was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in French by Nuno Resende.

The song was performed in the semi-final, as Belgium had not finished in the top 10 in the 2004 Contest. On the night, it was performed eleventh, following Iceland's Selma with "If I Had Your Love" and preceding Estonia's Suntribe with "Let's Get Loud". At the close of voting, it had only received 29 points, placing 22nd in the 25-song field and not making the final - additionally, the result forced Belgium to qualify through the semi-final at their next Contest.

The song is a dramatic ballad, with Resende singing about the drama of "Le grand soir." The song title could be translated as "The Great Day," (even though soir literally means "evening"), and it refers to the day a social revolution will come. Le grand soir is a well-known expression in French, and is often used ironically. See the French WorldHeritage entry here for detailed info.

It was succeeded as Belgian representative at the 2006 Contest by Kate Ryan with "Je t'adore".


Chart (2005) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[1] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[2] 23

Sources and external links

  • Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 2005.
  • Detailed info and lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "Le grand soir".


  1. ^ " – Nuno Resende – Le grand soir" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  2. ^ " – Nuno Resende – Le grand soir" (in French). Ultratop 50.

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