Madame Monsieur of France have moved in to third favourite as the first rehearsals get underway today in Lisbon, Portugal.
France has entered the top three of the Eurovision betting odds this morning. Madame Monsieur have been steadily rising up through the odds over the course of the past month, jumping over Mikolas Josef who will be performing on stage later today.
The top five of the odds is as follows:
- Israel – Netta – Toy
- Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones
- France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me
- Australia – Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love
Madame Monsieur were selected to represent France in Lisbon following their national selection process “Destination Eurovision”. The selection process was the largest that France has held for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past decade, with two semi-finals held before the final eight took to the stage in Paris.
Madame Monsieur are a duo made up of Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas. The pair met in 2008, and formed Madame Monsieur in 2013, with Émilie taking the role of vocalist, and Jean-Karl the producer. Their debut album Tandem was released in November 2016, and they were confirmed to be taking part in Destination Eurovision on January 1st 2018.
As a member of the Big 5, Madame Monsieur do not have to compete in either of the semi finals as France is guaranteed a place in the grand final on 12th May 2018. However their performance will be previewed to viewers on the second semi final on the 10th May 2018.
Source: Eurovision World
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.