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France Televisions has revealed that the first semi-final of Destination Eurovision will be held on January 12.

The first of two semi-finals of Destination Eurovision will be held on January 12. France Televisions has revealed that each of the semi-finals will be formed of nine songs, with just four from each making it through to the final. The four qualifiers will be selected by 50% public televote and 50% international jury, the same method will be used to select the winner in the final.

The expected dates of the contest are:

  • January 12 – Semi-Final One
  • January 19 – Semi-Final Two
  • January 26 – Final

Listen to the snippets on the Destination Eurovision YouTube channel, or click the songs below:

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% international 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: France Televisions

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