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France: Elodie Gossuin Returns as Spokesperson

France 2 has announced that Elodie Gossuin will return for a second year as the spokesperson for France at this years Eurovision final.

Elodie Gossuin will return to screens across Europe this May, as the model will once again announce the results of France in the final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. Elodie provided one of the most memorable moments during the voting last year when she sung part of Amir’s song as she welcomed Europe to France. She went on to be one of the most talked about topics on social media within France that evening and the following day.

Elodie rose to fame within France in 2001 when she won the title of Miss France, the following year she went on to be crowned Miss Europe 2002. Since 2006 she has worked in television as a regular guest as well as a presenter. Watch Elodie announce the French results below:

28-year old Alma is representing France in Kyiv with the song “Requiem”. She is a rising star in France, and was named as one of the most promising artists of 2017 by French media prior to the announcement that she will represent her country in Kyiv.

She lives and works in Paris, and works closely with songwriter Nazim Khaled. Khaled wrote most of the songs on Alma’s upcoming debut album, as well as France’s 2016 Eurovision entry, Amir’s “J’ai cherché”. The song finished in 6th place in Stockholm, France’s first top 10 result since Patricia Kaas’ “Et s’il fallait le faire” in 2009, and their best result since Sandrine François finished in 5th place in 2002 with “Il faut du temps”.

As a member of the Big 5, France does not need to participate in the semi-finals of this year’s Eurovision and will instead compete in the grand final on 13th May.

Source: Eurovision France

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France was one of seven countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Since then they have participated in every contest aside from 1974 and 1982. Their withdrawal in 1974 was caused by the death of President Georges Pompidou, while 1982’s withdrawal was a result of TF1 declining to enter the contest. France has won the contest on five occasions, the most recent being in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France’s best result of the 2000s came in 2001 when Natasha St-Pier finished 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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