The final four finalists in Destination Eurovision have been decided tonight in France, as the journey to Lisbon continues.
After tonight’s show, 4 acts out of 9 have qualified to the grand final of Destination Eurovision. The finalists, with the amount of points they received are:
- IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem” – 46 points
- Madame Monsieur – “Mercy” – 56 points
- Max Cinnamon – “Ailleurs” – 54 points
- Nassi – “Rêve de gamin” – 46 points
Tonight’s results were decided by six jury members: three French and three international. The French judges were singers Amir, who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Isabelle Boulay, and Christophe Willem. The international jury was composed of the Eurovision Heads of Delegation: Christer Björkman of Sweden, Olga Salamakha of Belarus, and Nicola Caligiore of Italy. Each judge had a set of 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points to give to their top 6 songs.
The songs that did not make the cut are:
- June the Girl – “Same” – 8 points
- Lucie Vagenheim – “My World” – 0 points
- Sarah Caillibot – “Tu me manques” – 8 points
- Sweem – “Là-haut” – 26 points
- Jane Constance – “Un jour j’ai rêvé” – 8 points
The Grand Final will be broadcast on January 27.
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.
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.