The Head of Entertainment at France Télévisions has clarified that Destination Eurovision may not be axed for Eurovision 2020.
20minutes.fr reports that misunderstandings between the Head of Entertainment at France Télévisions and Le Parisien, has lead to confusion regarding how France will select its 2020 participant.
Ms Alexandra Redde-Amiel is cited in Le Parisien as saying that the broadcaster “We want more control over the process, with an internal selection,”. 20minutes.fr has clarified with the Head of Entertainment that what was intended by this statement, was that the broadcaster wishes to have more control within the broadcaster over the selection method.
France Télévisions is currently assessing whether it will shift to one prime time show with three or four songs and acts. Or whether the broadcaster will entirely axe Destination Eurovision and focus on a true internal selection.
In the past two years France has used Destination Eurovision to select their singer and song for the competition. The show has had mixed results, following France’s revival in the competition between 2016 and 2017.
At this year’s contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, France was represented by Bilal Hassani. With his song “Roi”, he placed 16th in the Grand Final.
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.