France Televisions has revealed the International Jury that will determine 50% of the result in the first Semi-Final of Destination Eurovision.
The International Jury for the first Semi-Final of Destination Eurovision 2019 has been revealed, the jury members are:
- David Tserunyan – Head of Delegation of Armenia and member of the Junior Eurovision Reference Group
- Tali Eshkoli – Organiser of Israel Calling and member of the production for Eurovision 2019
- Paul Jordan – Eurovision expert and former pundit for the BBC
- Sanja Vučić – Represented Serbia at the Eurovision 2016
- Carla Bugalho Trindade – Head of Delegation of Portugal and member of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group
The singers who will be competing in the first Semi-Final are;
- 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
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 in 2018 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.