The cover songs that the finalists of Destination Eurovision will sing on Saturday have been revealed.
Yesterday Eurovision France tweeted that the Destination Eurovision finalists will perform covers of past Eurovision songs in the upcoming French final this Saturday. Today they have revealed who will sing what:
- Bilal Hassani – Fuego (Eleni Foureira, Cyprus 2018)
- Aysat – Fairytale (Alexander Rybak, Norway 2009)
- Chimène Badi – Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Celine Dion, Switzerland 1988)
- Silvàn Areg – Le Dernier Qui a Parlé (Amina Annabi, France 1991)
- Seemone – L’oiseau et L’enfant (Marie Myriam, France 1977)
- Doutson – J’ai Cherché (Amir, France 2016)
- Emmanuel Moire – Euphoria (Loreen, Sweden 2012)
- The Divaz – Waterloo (ABBA, Sweden 1974)
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— Eurovision France ?? (@EurovisionF2) 25 January 2019
They will also sing their songs for Eurovision, which 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
The eight finalists will face 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. However, the international jury will vote for their favourites, which will be combined with a public vote to decide on the winner.
The international jury is made up of:
- 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)
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.