Alma will replace Amir on the jury of Destination Eurovision for the Grand Final on Saturday 27 January.
France 2 announced on Twitter that Alma, who placed 12th in Eurovision 2017 for France, will be present to hand over the baton to the French artist for 2018. Amir, who took France to a 6th place finish in Eurovision 2016, has prior commitments which means he is unable to take up the place on the jury which he occupied for the two semi-finals.
Amir posted on Twitter that he was “extremely proud” of the 8 selected artists who have made the Grand Final. Those finalists are:
- Lisandro Cuxi – “Eva”
- Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO”
- Malo’ – “Ciao”
- Louka – “Mamma Mia”
- IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem”
- Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”
- Max Cinnamon – “Ailleurs”
- Nassi – “Rêve de gamin”
The Grand Final will be broadcast tomorrow evening (27 January). There will be a change in the voting format for the Grand Final meaning that the jury in the studio will not have a say in determining the winner.
The winner, who will represent France in Lisbon at Eurovision 2018, will be determined by 50% televote and 50% international jury vote. The members of the international jury will include Christer Bjorkman (Sweden) Olga Salamakha (Belarus), and Nicola Caligiore (Italy), the three Heads of Delegation who were on the jury for the semi-finals. In the Grand Final, these three will be joined on the international jury by the Heads of Delegation of 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.