France 2 has launched their submissions process for those wishing to take part in Destination Eurovision, France’s Eurovision selection show.
The French national broadcaster France 2 has opened the submission window for Destination Eurovision 2019. Those who would like to participate have until November 30th 2018 to submit their applications. Applicants must be 16 years old by January 1st 2019, and the song must not be published before 1st September 2018.
Applicants must also note that the song must have at least 70% of the lyrics in French. More rules can be found here.
Destination Eurovision was used to select France’s Eurovision entry for the first time in 2018. This was the first time since 2014 that France opted to hold a national final. The show consists of two semi-finals and the grand final, which saw the winner being chosen by 50% public televoting and 50% international jury. France was represented by Madame Monsieur this year in Lisbon, who placed 13th in the grand final with their song “Mercy”.
Source: France 2
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.