Marianne James and Stéphane Bern have been confirmed as the French commentators for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
France Televisions has confirmed that Marianne James and Stéphane Bern will return again as the commentators for France, at next years Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Stéphane Bern and Marianne James have commentated at the contest since 2015 and have followed the contest through its move from France 3 to France 2.
Yesterday France 2 confirmed that Destination Eurovision will select the French participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. It was announced that the show would be held over multiple nights, with the competition hosted by famous singer, Garou. It was confirmed that should the winning song be entirely in French, that no English lyrics would be added to the song for the Eurovision Song Contest. In addition producers have not ruled out the possibility of singers from outside of France competing in the selection
Last year’s French entry, Alma with the song “Requiem,” finished in 12th place at the Eurovision Grand Final, bringing France’s second consecutive result on the left-hand side of the scoreboard.
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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.