Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has remained stable from the first to the second semi-final in France.

In total 572,000 viewers watched last nights show live from Kyiv, Ukraine on France 4, with a share of 2.6% of viewers. Compared to 2016, 90,000 more viewers tuned into the show continuing to highlight a renewed interest in the contest within France. On Tuesday night a total of 573,000 viewers watched the first semi-final.

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 ten 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: Sebastian Barke

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.