France 2, the French national broadcaster, has announced that Steven Clerima will take over as the new Head of Delegation for France.
Steven Clerima will take over from the previous Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi, who oversaw France’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest from 2016 to 2018. In 2016, he helped France achieve their first top 10 placing since 2002, when Amir finished sixth with “J’ai cherché”. He was also one of the people responsible for the creation of Destination Eurovision, the first national final in France since 2014. Grassi has yet to publicly comment on the matter.
Steven Clerima has worked in the Entertainment and Music department of France 2 for a number of years. He will now be responsible for overseeing France’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this November, Destination Eurovision 2019 and France’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Destination Eurovision was used for the first time in 2018, which featured two pre-recorded semi-finals and the live grand final. This was the first time since 2014 that France opted to hold a national final. The winner was 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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.