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France: Destination Eurovision Semi-Final Split Announced

France Televisions has revealed the in which semi-finals the eighteen acts competing in Destination Eurovision 2019 will be competing in.

The French national broadcaster has revealed in which semi-finals each of the acts competing to represent France in Tel Aviv will be competing. Nine acts are competing in each of the two semi-finals. The split is as follows;

Semi-Final One – January 12

  • Naestro- Le Brasier
  • Bilal Hassani – Roi
  • Mazy – Oulala
  • Lautner – J’ai pas le temps
  • Florina – In the shadow
  • Aysat – Comme une grande
  • Chimène Badi – Là-haut
  • Silvàn Areg – Le petit Nicolas
  • Battista Acquaviva  – Passio

Semi-Final Two – January 19

  • Doutson – Sois un bon fils
  • Seemone – Tous les deux
  • The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha
  • Emmanuel Moire – La promesse
  • Tracy de Sà – Por Aqui
  • Philipelise – Madame la Paix
  • Noémie – Ma petite famille
  • Ugo – Ce qui me blesse
  • Gabriella  -On cherche encore

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: Eurovision France

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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