France 2 has launched their search for the country’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.

Singers, songwriters and composers are invited to submit their songs into an open selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. To follow in the footsteps of Alma who represented France in Kyiv, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • The song must be unpublished as of September 1, 2017
  • The song must not have been commercially released. It should not have been published on social networks either. However, it may have been filed with SACEM or written before that date.
  • It must be interpreted by up to 6 singers
  • There can not be more than 4 authors / composers
  • The song must contain at least 70% of lyrics in French
  • Authors / composers must register, or have already registered, with SACEM

For more details and to apply to represent France in Portugal next May, click here.

In May it was reported that France 2 was working with Endemol to launch “Mission Eurovision”, a televised selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. It has been confirmed by the French Head of Delegation that France’s 2018 participant will be selected via a national selection.

The last time that France held a televised selection for Eurovision was in 2014. The 2014 selection process saw three acts perform on Les chansons d’abord on France 3. The winner of the selection was then decided by the public via an online vote and jury voting, with the winner announced in early March.

Among the Big Five, France is the only country not to currently hold a televised selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom have all held televised selection processes for at least two years, while in Italy the winner of Sanremo gets first refusal to compete in Eurovision.

Alma finished 12th in Grand Final of Eurovision 2017 with the song “Requiem”, she scored a total of 135 points bringing the country their second left hand side finish in two years.

Source: France Televisions

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.