A total of 2.14 million viewers watched last night as the first Semi-Final of Destination Eurovision was aired on France 2.
11.8% of the viewing public watched last night as France kicked off its search for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. A total of 2.14 million viewers watched the first semi-final of the show. The contest has lost viewers compared to the launch show last year, overall it is down .6% market share and 350,000 viewers.
Nine acts took to the stage last night, with four progressing to the final (in bold):
- 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
The results were decided by 50% public televote, and 50% international jury. On the jury was:
- 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 show also featured critiques from three panel members in the studio, who did not contribute towards the final decision, but gave their opinions on each of the performances. On this panel was André Manoukian, Vitaa, and Christophe Willem.
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.