Bilal Hassani has won Destination Eurovision 2019 and will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Roi”.
The final of Destination Eurovision was held tonight in Paris and was hosted by Garou. Eight artists competed for the chance to represent France in Tel Aviv. During the show there was a guest performance from Madame Monsieur, who represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Angélina, who represented France in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and Marie Myriam, the winner of Eurovision 1977, were also special guests in the Green Room.
Tonight’s results were as follows (jury + televoting):
- Chimène Badi – Là-haut 119 (56 + 63) 3rd
- Silvàn Areg – Allez leur dire 102 (76 + 26) 5th
- The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha 92 (44 + 48) 6th
- Emmanuel Moire – La promesse 115 (64 + 51) 4th
- Doutson – Sois un bon fils – 18 (10 + 8) 8th
- Seemone – Tous les deux 156 (94 + 62) 2nd
- Bilal Hassani – Roi 200 (50 + 150) – Winner
- Aysat – Comme une grande 38 (26 +12) 7th
The results were decided by 50% public televote, and 50% international jury. Bilal received 35.7% of the televote. On the jury were:
- 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 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 were 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 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.