Tickets are now available for Festival i Këngës and Destination Eurovision, the Albanian and French national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Audience tickets for Festival i Këngës are now on sale. They can be brought directly from Radio Tirana, RTSH and the Congress Hall’s counter. Tickets can be bought for the two semi-finals on December 21 and 22 and for the grand final on December 23. 22 songs will compete in the 56th edition of Festival i Këngës. Italian singer Riccardo Cocciante will be the guest of honour for the first semi-final on December 21. He was the coach for Elhaida Dani, the Albanian representative in 2015, when she won the first season of The Voice of Italy in 2013.
France 2, the French national broadcaster, have released standing tickets for the two semi-finals of Destination Eurovision. The shows will be recorded January 8 and 9 at 18.30 CET. Tickets can be reserved through the France 2 website here. The shows will be broadcast at a later date. Two juries (one French-speaking and one international) will select four songs from each semi-final to advance to the final. The date for the final has not been announced yet and tickets for it are yet to be made available. The link to reserve tickets to reserve tickets for the semi-finals can be accessed here.
This will mark the first time since 2014 that France will be holding their own national final. Back in 2014 their artist TWIN TWIN finished in last place in the final with just 2 points for their entry “Moustache”. This was the first time the Big 5 Nation finished in last place. France have since opted for an internal selection for the following three contests.
In the last two years France’s fortunes at the contest have reversed. Amir finished sixth in 2016 with “J’ai cherché”. This was the first time since 2009 that they finished in the top 10. This year France were represented by Alma where her song “Requiem” finished twelfth.