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France: Destination Eurovision Planned to Continue in 2019

The Head of France Télévisions, has confirmed that it is the networks intention to continue with Destination Eurovision in 2019.

Speaking to Tele Loisirs, the Head of France Télévisions has stated that it is the networks intention to continue with Destination Eurovision for next years Eurovision Song Contest. Destination Eurovision was first held in 2018, as France opted to hold a national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2014.

The Head of France Télévisions states that Eurovision now has a far more positive image in France compared to in previous years. She is hopeful that with the countries return to Junior Eurovision, that the contest can continue to grow in France.

Madame Monsieur represented 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.

France finished 13th last night with a total of 173 points, they finished 8th with the juries on 114 points but 17th with the public scoring 59 points.

Source: Tele Loisirs

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.

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