Edoardo Grassi, the Head of Delegation for France, has reacted to questions about France becoming one of the favourites to win in Lisbon.
The French Head of Delegation has reacted on social media to Madame Monsieur becoming one of the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Edoardo Grassi was asked on Twitter about the rising pressure and expectations for France to win the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 1977.
He responded saying.
We are going to Lisbon to deliver a message of hope and inclusion. We are not going to compete for the best staging. Song UPFront ! The rest will follow.
France peaked at second in the Betting Odds over the past two days, however they have fallen back to 4th place in the odds. The top five of the betting odds are as follows:
- Israel – Netta – Toy
- Norway – Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song
- Australia – Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love
- France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones
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: Edoardo Grassi
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.