"Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" (meaning "And If There Was Only One Woman Left (I Would Be That One)") is the first hit single fromCéline Dion's French album D'elles. It premiered on the radio in France, Quebec, Switzerland and Belgium on February 14, 2007 and was released as a music download on the same day. The CD single was released on April 13, 2007 in Francophone countries.

"Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" was written by Françoise Dorin and composed by David Gategno, who also produced the track. Dorin is a writer, born in France. Her best-selling novels include Virginie et Paul, la seconde dans Rome (1980), Les lits à une place, les jupes culotte (1984), and Les corbeaux et les renardes (1988). Other works include the plays La facture (1968), Un sale egoiste, l'intoxe (1980), and a musical comedy, La valise en carton, as well as many humorous texts. Gategno already worked with Tina ArenaNatasha St-PierChimène BadiFaudel, and Nolwenn Leroy.

The title comes from the famous last verse of the poem « Ultima verba » in Les Châtiments by Victor Hugo « Et s'il n'en reste qu'un, je serai celui-là ! ».

The music video was directed by Thierry Vargnes in New York City on January 31, 2007, and premiered on the Canadian television network TVA on April 1, 2007.

"Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" debuted at number 1 on the French Singles Chart, becoming Dion's fifth number 1 in that country and selling 50,000 copies. It spent 33 weeks on the chart, becoming one of her longest-running singles. Dion's last song which stayed that long on the chart was "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" with 34 weeks.

In other countries, "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" peaked at number 2 in Quebec, number 4 in Belgium Wallonia and number 34 in Switzerland.

Dion performed it live during the French concerts of her 2008-09 Taking Chances Tour, and during her historic performance in front of 250,000 spectators to celebrate Quebec's 400th anniversary, which was included on Céline sur les Plaines DVD in 2008. A live version was included in the CD/DVD Tournée Mondiale Taking Chances: Le Spectacle.


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Critical reception[edit]Edit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic highlighted this song.[1]

Formats and track listings[edit]Edit

French digital single

  1. "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" – 3:33

French CD single/digital EP

  1. "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" – 3:33
  2. "Je ne vous oublie pas" (with Les 500 Choristes) – 3:36
  3. "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" (instrumental) – 3:34


Chart (2007) Peak


Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[2] 4
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[3] 28
European Singles Chart[4] 7
French Singles Chart[5] 1
Quebec BDS Chart[6] 2
Quebec Radio Correspondents Chart[7] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 34
Preceded by

"Miracle" by Cascada

French Singles Chart number-one single

April 21, 2007

Succeeded by

"Beautiful Liar" by Beyoncé and Shakira

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