TV5Monde is set to broadcast Destination Eurovision to viewers across the world as France searches for their Eurovision 2019 entry.
TV5Monde will be airing all three shows of Destination Eurovision live across Europe. The channel which is available on cable and satellite television in the likes of Denmark, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Romania, will be showing the first semi-final live this Saturday. TV5Monde broadcast Destination Eurovision live last year, and previously broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
The contest will also be broadcast on TV5 Québec Canada, the contest was broadcast on the channel last year. The show will start at 19:00 (GMT-5). TV5 Québec Canada aired the Eurovision Song Contest on delay across Canada between 1999 and 2003. Between 2014 and 2015, OUTtv also aired the contest on delay.
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”.
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.