Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris has confirmed that the French capital would bid to host next years contest if Madame Monsieur wins on Saturday night.
Paris would bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, should France take victory this Saturday with Madame Monsieur and their song “Mercy”. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris stated to 20minutes.fr that;
Yes, of course, it goes without saying! (laughs) I will submit this application without hesitation. It would make me very happy to welcome the big family of Eurovision, because it’s been a long time since she came back from France.
Paris hosted the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, following the last French victory in 1977. At the time it was held at the Palais des congrès de Paris, a venue which would not longer be suitable as a venue for the Eurovision Song Contest. The most suitable venue for the contest in Paris would be the AccorHotels Arena, it is the third busiest arena in the world and capable of hosting up to 20,000 people.
Madame Monsieur will represent France at this years contest, they 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.
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.