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France: Destination Eurovision 2019 Semi-Finalists Revealed

France 2, the French national broadcaster, has revealed the 18 semi-finalists that will take part in Destination Eurovision 2019. The news was announced at a press conference this morning.

The 18 semi-finalists are:

  • Florina – “In The Shadows”
  • Aysat – “Comme une grande” (Like a grown up)
  • Ugo – “Ce qui me blesse” (What hurts me)
  • Chimène Badi – “Là-haut” (Up there)
  • Silvàn Areg – “Le Petit Nicolas” (Little Nicholas)
  • Gabriella – “On cherche encore” (We’re still searching)
  • Doutson – “Sois un bon fils” (Be a good son)
  • Seemone – “Tous les deux” (The both of us)
  • The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha” (Aretha’s voice)
  • Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse” (The promise)
  • Tracy de Sà – “Por Aqui” (Around here)
  • Battista Acquaviva – “Passio” (Passion)
  • Lautner – “J’ai pas le temps” (I don’t have the time)
  • PhilipElise – “Madame la paix” (Madam Peace)
  • Bilal Hassani – “Roi” (King)
  • Mazy – “Oulala”
  • Noémie – “Ma petite famille” (My little family)
  • Naestro – “Le brasier” (The blaze)

The expert panel for Destination Eurovision 2019 will consist of André Manoukian, Vitaa and Christophe Willem. Cristophe is the only one of last year’s judges to continue in the role. Last year Amir and Isabelle Boulay rounded out the three person panel and helped select the French entrant for Lisbon.

Destination Eurovision, the show that will choose France’s next Eurovision entrant, will have some slight format changes in 2019. The main changes are as follows:

  • All three shows will be broadcast live.
  • The results in all three shows will be decided by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
  • Four songs will qualify from each semi-final.
  • The expert panel will have no say in the results.
  • The international jury will consist of 20 countries – five countries for semi-final 1, another five for semi-final 2 and ten more for the final.
  • Garou will host the contest for a second year.

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: Eurovision France

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.

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