France Télévisions has confirmed that Destination Eurovision has been dropped in favour of an internal selection for Eurovision 2020.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Director of Entertainment and Variety for France Télévisions has confirmed that Destination Eurovision has been dropped. The selection show which was first held in 2018 has been dropped as a result of poor ratings and results at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ms Redde-Amiel explained that “We want more control over the process, with an in-house selection”, with a number of songs currently being worked on for next years contest.
The process has seen France Televisions ask a number of French songwriters and composers, as well as foreign producers for the first time. The French representative and song will be revealed in a special broadcast in the run up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
France is the latest country to opt to internally select both there singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Spain and the United Kingdom, who are also members of the Big Five, have returned to internal selection processes for the contest in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Source: Le Parisien
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.