Amir Haddad (in Hebrew עמיר חדד) or just Amir, (born Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad in 1984 in 12th arrondissement of Paris and grew up in Sarcelles (Val-d’Oise), France) is an Israeli French singer and songwriter of Tunisian and Moroccan-Spanish Jewish parents. He took part in 2006 in 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 is now being tapped to head France’s delegation to Eurovision.
Haddad immigrated to Israel in 1992 at the age of 8, residing in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv. He sang as a young child in the synagogue and in various social events. He came to fame in 2006 with his participation in the fourth season of the Israeli song competition Kokhav Nolad (in Hebrew כוכב נולד meaning A Star is Born), the Israeli equivalent of American Idol held May to September 2006. He was the first candidate to sing mostly French language songs during the audition. He advanced for 4 stages before being eliminated.
Not winning in the season, he finished his obligatory military service in the Israeli Defence Forces and continued his studies in dentistry in Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jerusalem graduating in 2012.
Meanwhile, he pursued his passion in music. At the end of the competition, Haddad was signed to a French label. creating following in France, Switzerland, USA and Brazil in addition to Israel, cooperated with a number of artists, notably Shlomi Shabat, Haim Moshe, Dudu Aharon, Gad Elbaz etc. His song “Kache limtso milim”, the Hebrew version of Patrick Bruel’s French hit “J’te l’dis quand même”, came alongside a music video. Bruel loved his rendition and invited him to sing it with him in a grand event in Raanana Park on 23 May 2008 in front of 8000 spectators. He sang it yet again much later in 2013, during the gala in tribute of Anaelle Ledoroth in Paris on May 27, 2013.
In 2011, he released his debut studio album Vayehi co-written by Haddad and Omri Dagan during the years when Amir was a university student. The album included his already popular version of “Kache limtso milim”. He also revived a 1990s hit “Désenchantée” by French artist Mylène Farmer. Haddad’s version was produced by the famous Israeli producer Offer Nissim.