Christophe Willem and Alma will be providing French commentary alongside Stéphane Bern at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
French broadcaster France2 has revealed their commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Christophe Willem takes the place of Marianne Hames, as she dropped out of her commentating duties this month. She also spoke about her thoughts on this year’s French entry “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur. She has voiced concern as to whether the song will appeal to an audience outside of France.
Eurovision fans may recognise Christophe, as he was on the jury panel at the French national final show Destination Eurovision. He’s also a famous French singer, who won the French version of Pop Idol, Nouvelle Star, in 2006. Alma represented France at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, ending in 12th place in the final.
France will be represented by Madame Monsieur at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The duo won their national final back in January, and will go on to perform on the Lisbon stage in May with their song “Mercy”.
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.