France 2 has revealed to Tele Loisirs that around 300 songs have been submitted to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Around 300 songs have been submitted in France to represent the country at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. France are once again opting to internally select their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest, having last held a televised selection for the contest in 2014.
The deadline for songs to be submitted to France 2 was November 30th, with a decision on the countries entrant for next years contest being taken by March 10th. In 2015 France received a total of 280 submissions to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2016 France was represented by Amir with the song “J’ai cherché”, he went on to finish in 6th place in the final bringing the country their best result since 2002 when Sandrine François finished 5th in Tallinn, Estonia. France finished 9th with the public televote in Stockholm scoring 109 points, while they finished 3rd with the juries scoring 148 points. They received 12 points from the Israeli public and 12 points from the Armenian jury.
France has already confirmed their commentators for next years contest in Kyiv. 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.
Source: Tele Loisirs
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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.