At the Palais des festivals and congresses in Cannes,
Mr. Pokora at the top of a pyramid, Soprano and Gradur in a buggy… No doubt, the great barnum of the NRJ Music Awards is back in Cannes. Before the big live on Friday evening on TF1, the rehearsals of the ceremony, calibrated to the nearest centimeter, follow one another this Thursday afternoon. The artists parade on the stage of the Grand auditorium. Each has their turn. Lighting and sound are cleverly balanced. Ines Vandamme headed past. She will host the channel’s Facebook live from the red carpet and the steps of the palace. And the pro dancer will not really be out of place. Surprise. It is Camille Combal, whom she has rubbed shoulders with in recent weeks on the floors of Dancing with the stars, who will be exceptionally at the maneuver for this 24th edition.
Because of a “bad fall”, during a publicity screen of the last prime of the star Academy, Nikos Aliagas had to give up his place. A medical recommendation. Everything was decided on Tuesday evening, we confirm from the Croisette where the setting up of the program which rewards music stars had already largely begun.
A “stress at 8,000 to be up to it”
The new star of the first channel accepted the role of joker at short notice. Chance of the calendar, his presence was anyway required in the city of festivals next Monday for the recording of the Cannes comedy show, a new format with a set of comedians. While waiting for this other program which was well programmed in Camille Combal’s diary, it is the commotion in the palace where “the most successful scam of the Paf”, as nicknamed 20 minutes in a portrait dedicated to him in mid-October, landed this Thursday morning. Not seen on stage since his arrival at the Palais des Festivals, the presenter of Mask Singer directly “locked himself in a production office to work on his texts”, explains his entourage.
Impossible to meet him. He will stay there until late in the evening. On his Instagram account, he filmed himself “taking a lesson” with Anthony Kavanagh, presenter of the show between 2001 and 2006.
It must be said that the preparation time is at least as short as the pressure is great for the facilitator. On his Twitter account, Wednesday, the one who multiplies the successes on TF1 posted a “stress at 8,000 to be up to par” Nikos Aliagas, who should have chained his 14th “NMA” there. That Camille Combal is up to it, on the spot, no one really seems to doubt it. He will be.
What is also certain is that the troublemaker on the front page, also star of The big inlay, will play it with another pitch. His. “Nikos is not Camille Combal and Camille Combal is not Nikos. Everyone brings their own personality and Camille comes with their own style. This means that the show will undoubtedly be a little different, points out behind the scenes Jacques Grimal, the coordinator of the NMAs since their creation. We put things in the trash, but we don’t start from scratch. There is a fixed base linked to the very nature of the show. It’s a prize giving and a series of performances. »
“Maybe it will bring a little more fun”
On the forecourt of the palace, where NRJ also relocated its radio studio over the weekend, this forced change of presenter was not the priority of those among the public who had come above all to “meet Angèle” or recover the last invitations distributed drop by drop by Cauet and his band. “The NMAs are above all full of stars, at the same time in the same place. That’s what we like, says Clara, 19. But Camille Combal may bring a little more fun to punctuate the evening. »
Especially since it still promises to last. Ava Max, Lizzo, Gayle, Aya Nakamura, Damso, Juliette Armanet, Slimane, Izia, and Soolking were recently announced in addition to David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, Rosalía, Yungblud, Orelsan, Bigflo & Oli, Stromae, Clara Luciani, Amir , Keen’V or even Kendji Girac. Even Renaud will be there to receive an honorary NRJ Music Awards, TF1 announced on Thursday.
Camille Combal therefore has her work cut out for her. Before handing over to Nikos Aliagas next year. Anyway, that’s the deal. “It’s really cool that Camille agreed to replace him. But Nikos has embodied this show for thirteen years and, personally, I think he is better at doing it, ”says Jacques Grimal.