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France: Destination Eurovision Viewing Figures Fall By 400,000

The number of viewers who watched the second semi-final of Destination Eurovision, has fallen by 400,000 compared to last weekend’s first semi-final.

A total of 2,048,000 viewers watched the second semi-final of Destination Eurovision last night, as the final four finalists were selected by the jury. The number of viewers who watched last nights show fell by 402,000 viewers compared to the first semi-final which was broadcast on the previous Saturday night. Market share for the contest fell from 12.4% of viewers for semi-final one to 10.7% for the second semi-final.

The show remained the third most watched program on a Saturday night, however was significantly outperformed by the offerings of TF1 and France 3:

  1. Meutres a Orleans – 5,241,000 viewers – 24% share (France 3)
  2. Vendredi, tout est permis avec Arthur – 4,027,000 viewers – 20.5% share (TF1)
  3. Destination Eurovision – 2,048,000 viewers – 10.7% share (France 2)
  4. NCIS – 1,506,000 viewers – 6.8% share (M6)
  5. Echappees belles – 858,000 viewers – 3.9% (France 5)

France 2 attracted the following viewing figures for a Saturday night broadcast in the four weeks before Destination Eurovision began:

  • January 6 – N’oubliez Pas Les Paroles – 3,779,000 viewers – 18.6% share
  • December 30 – Prodiges – 3,541,000 viewers – 16.3% share
  • December 23 – Prodiges – 2,742,000 viewers – 13.2% share
  • December 16 – Le Grand Show de L’humour – 2,879,000 – 13.2% share

The four artists who have qualified from the final from semi-final two, 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

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.

Source: OZAP

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.

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