France Télevisions, the French national broadcaster, has revealed the jury members for the final of Destination Eurovision 2019.
The international jury now consists of ten members, as opposed to five during the semi-finals. None of the jury members for the final voted in the semi-finals.
The international jury members for the final are:
- Rona Nishliu – represented Albania at Eurovision 2012 (Albania)
- Olga Salamakha – Head of Delegation, producer of Junior Eurovision 2018 (Belarus)
- Alex Panayi – represented Cyprus at Eurovision 1995 and 2000 (Cyprus)
- Christoph Pellander – Head of Delegation (Germany)
- Michael Kealy – Head of Delegation (Ireland)
- Doron Medalie – songwriter, composer of “Toy” (Israel)
- Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation (Italy)
- Ekaterina Orlova – Head of Delegation (Russia)
- Beatriz Luengo – singer, dancer, comedian (Spain)
- Reto Peritz – Head of Delegation (Switzerland)
The final of Destination Eurovision will take place on Saturday 26th January, where France will decide on who they want to see at the Eurovision Song Contest. Eight artists will participate in the contest, facing critiques from three panel members in the studio, who will not contribute towards the final decision, but will give their opinions on each of the performances.
The finalists are:
- Bilal Hassani – Roi
- Aysat – Comme une grande
- Chimène Badi – Là-haut
- Silvàn Areg – Allez leur dire
- Seemone – Tous les deux
- Doutson – Sois un bon fils
- Emmanuel Moire – La promesse
- The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha
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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.