France 2, the French national broadcaster, has announced that Christophe Willem and André Manoukian, will provide commentary for French viewers during the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on France 4.
André Manoukian is a French-Armenian songwriter and arranger. He is most well known for being one of the judges on Nouvelle Star, the French version of Pop Idol. He was a judge on the show for 12 seasons.
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. Christophe will also join Stéphane Bern and Alma, who represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in the commentary booth during 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 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.