Grégory, overseas reading champion, will participate in the “If we read aloud” competition on France 5

Grégory, overseas reading champion, will participate in the “If we read aloud” competition on France 5
Grégory, overseas reading champion, will participate in the “If we read aloud” competition on France 5

Réunionnais Grégory Payet, aged 11, continues to shine. After being overseas reading champion in 2023, he is selected to participate in the “If we read aloud” competition, a program broadcast on France 5, next June.

Annaëlle Dorressamy / Daniel Bénard / Jacques Payet


Published on May 12, 2024 at 12:30 p.m.,
updated May 12, 2024 at 12:43 p.m.

Grégory Payet, originally from Saint-Joseph, is just 11 years old. The young boy continues to show the extent of his talent.

After having shone like a star on the stage of the Comédie Française in Paris in 2023, he has now been selected to participate in the competition “If we read aloud”, a program broadcast on France 5, next June. He is one of the nine French middle school students finalists in the competition which will take place on May 16.

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Competition: at 11 years old, Réunionnais Grégory Payet, overseas reading champion n 2023, is in the running to become the best reader in France in his category. Reporting



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Young Grégory takes great pleasure in reading aloud. Crowned overseas reading champion, he has very good memories of his performance and his trip to Paris.

It’s really a lot of emotions. It brought me a lot of things in life. It’s just happiness because I realize that I was on the stage of the Comédie Française.

Grégory Payet, 2023 Overseas reading champion

Grégory’s punctuations and intonations give rhythm to his stories. He has the art of embellishing a story. Grégory has it in his skin to read.

This is something that I really like about stories because I really want to immerse myself in reading to find out what happens next. When I read aloud, my only desire is to make viewers want to listen to me.

Grégory Payet, 2023 Overseas reading champion

The young boy uses his experience acquired at school, notably with the Ti Kaz theater troupe in Saint-Joseph, to bring his stories to life.

In theater there is a reading phase where we appropriate the text to perform it, that’s what I really like.

Grégory, 2023 Overseas reading champion

From the world of words to the world of sounds, from books to keyboards, from theater to music, Grégory has a thirst for knowledge. Recently, he learned to play the piano on the internet. Self-taught, he plays daily on his synthesizer.

“I’m still in the learning phase. Sometimes I find the notes on the piano, so I play music, I like it”he confides.

In the future, Grégory would like to devote more time to writing sketches, with a motto that drives him: humor.

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