Stéphane Bern and Marianne James have been confirmed as the commentators for France 2 at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine.
Stéphane Bern and Marianne James who have commentated on the Eurovision Song Contest together since the 2015 contest, have been confirmed as commentators again for 2017. The duo have been the commentators for France during the finals of the contest since the contest was moved from France 3 to France 2.
The change of commentators and channels has seen interest in the contest rebound in France, having seen dwindling interest from viewers since 2011 onwards. At the 2016 contest in Stockholm, France had their best result in the contest since 2002 when Amir finished 6th in the final with a total of 257 points.
France 2 has not yet given any details of how they will select their participant for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine. It is expected that the channel will opt to make a public call for songs and then select the singer and song internally.
Source: Tele Jours
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France was one of the seven original countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date they have participated in every contest excluding 1974 and 1982. Their last victory came in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant” in London, beating the United Kingdom by 15 points. Since 2000 France has finished in the top five just two times and has finished in the bottom 20, seven times. France is a member of the Big Five meaning that alongside Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom they are directly qualified for the final every year.