Tonight France’s search for the Eurovision Song Contest begins tonight, as the first semi-final of Destination Eurovision takes place.
The first of two semi-finals gets underway tonight in France, as the country holds their first national selection process since 2014. Over the past two weeks, France 2 has revealed the names of the eighteen singers who are aiming to represent France in Lisbon.
The running order for tonight is:
- Masoe – Paradis
- Noée – L’un près de l’autre
- Lisandro Cuxi – Eva
- Malo’ – Ciao
- Emmy Liyana – OK ou KO
- Enéa – I’ll be there
- Pheno Men – Jamais sans toi
- Louka – Mamma mia
- Ehla – J’ai cru
All three shows will be presented by Garou. In each semi-final, a jury made up of three Francophone and three international members will select four songs to advance to the final. The three Francophone jury members are Amir, who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Christophe Willem, and Isabelle Boulay. The three international jury members are Heads of Delegations from various countries: Christer Björkman (Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (Italy) and Olga Salamakha (Belarus).
In the final, the result will be decided by a jury of 10 international members (50%) and public voting (50%). Joining the Heads of Delegations from Sweden, Italy and Belarus will be the Heads of Delegation from Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Iceland, Israel, Russia, and Switzerland.
- Amir – Represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
- Isabelle Boulay – Singer
- Christophe Willem – Singer
- Christer Björkman – Head of Delegation for Sweden at Eurovision
- Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation for Italy at Eurovision
- Olga Salamakha – Head of Delegation for Belarus at Eurovision
You can watch the show live from 20:55 CET. The show is being broadcast by France 2 as well as TV5Monde internationally. To watch the contest online click on the following links;
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.