Marianne James has revealed that she has dropped out of being as one of the two commentators at the Eurovision Song Contest.
After three years as a commentator for France at the Eurovision Song Contest, Marianne James has decided to step away from the commentary booth in Lisbon. She had in the summer of 2017 confirmed that she would be in the commentary booth, but has had a change of heart since.
Marianne has also spoken about her thoughts on this years French entry “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur. She has voiced concern as to whether the song will appeal to an audience outside of France;
The song works in France, I have already downloaded it myself, but I have a question: will the Macedonians, Icelanders and Australians get it?
She doubts that many viewers across Europe will want to listen to a song about immigration at the competition. Marianne stated that she felt that Emmy Liyana with “OK u KO” would have been a better choice.
France 2 confirmed that Marianne has stepped away from the role for Lisbon, but has not revealed who will be taking the second seat alongside Stephane Bern.
Source: Tele Loisirs
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.