Destination Eurovision saw its viewing figures fall by over 600,000 viewers last night compared to the first semi-final last weekend.
Last weekend a total of 2.14 million viewers watched Destination Eurovision, while last night just 1.487 million viewers tuned in to the competition on France 2, a loss of 653,000 viewers. The contest also lost 4% of its market share, capturing 7.8% share yesterday evening. The show was the 4th most watched show yesterday but was heavily beaten by ‘Qui veut gagner des millions?’ (5.174 million viewers – 28.8% share) and Meurtres dans le Morvan (4.596 million viewers – 21.3% share).
Nine acts performed tonight, those were: (Qualifiers are in bold)
- Philipelise – Madame la Paix
- Seemone – Tous les Deux
- Doutson – Sois un bon fils
- Ugo – Ce qui me blesse
- Gabriella – On cherche encore (We Never Get Enough)
- Emmanuel Moire – La promesse
- Tracy de Sa – Por Aqui
- Noémie – Ma petite famille
- The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha
They will join the four qualifiers from last week’s semi-final:
- Bilal Hassani – Roi
- Aysat – Comme une grande
- Chimène Badi – Là-haut
- Silvàn Areg – Le petit Nicolas
The results were decided by 50% public televote, and 50% international jury. On the jury was:
- Christer Björkman – Melodifestivalen and Eurovision Producer (Sweden)
- Zoe Straub – Represented Austria at Eurovision 2016 (Austria)
- Mikolas Josef – Represented Czech Republic at Eurovision 2018 (Czech Republic)
- Natia Mshvenieradze – Head of Delegation (Georgia)
- Anushik Ter-Ghukasyan – Head of Delegation (Armenia)
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.
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.