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:
- 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)
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