Madame Monsieur has been chosen to represent France at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
The final of Destination Eurovision took place tonight, which saw eight acts perform for the chance to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In the end, it was Madame Monsieur who came out on top with their song “Mercy”
Tonight’s results are the following (televote + jury):
- Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”- 186 (118 + 68)
- Lisandro Cuxi – “Eva” – 152 (62 + 90)
- Malo’ – “Ciao” – 117 (89 + 28)
- Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO” – 112 (30 + 82)
- IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem” – 110 (50 + 60)
- Max Cinnamon – “Ailleurs” – 90 (36 + 54)
- Nassi – “Rêves de gamin”- 48 (18 + 30)
- Louka – “Mamma Mia” – 15 (7 + 8)
The winner tonight was determined by 50% televote and 50% international jury vote. The members of the international jury included Christer Bjorkman of Sweden, Olga Salamakha of Belarus, and Nicola Caligiore of Italy, the three Heads of Delegation who were on the jury for the semi-finals. For the Grand Final, they were joined on the international jury by Felix Bergsson from Iceland, Iveta Mukuchyan from Armenia, Sergei Pavlov from Russia, Tali Eshkoli from Israel, Terhi Norvasto from Finland, Ivan Katsarev from Bulgaria, and Reto Peritz from Switzerland.
Tonight’s show featured a panel of French jurors who gave their opinions on the songs but did not give out any points in the final results. On the jury were singers Isabelle Boulay and Christophe Willem, as well as Alma, who represented France at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She replaced Amir, who had a prior engagement in conflict with tonight’s live show.
The show was broadcast from 21:00 CET, and was available to watch on France 2, TV5Monde, Facebook, and YouTube.
Watch the winning performance here:
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.