France 2, the French national broadcaster, has revealed that the French entry for Eurovision 2020 will be revealed on February 16.
Tom Leeb will present his entry for Rotterdam at 20:50 CET live on France 2. The exact nature of the presentation is as of yet unknown but it is expected that it will be a part of the regularly scheduled programme, 20h30 Le Dimanche (20:30 on a Sunday).
Tom Leeb is the son of comedian Michel Leeb and has been performing as a singer since 2018. He released his debut single “Are We Too Late” in 2018 and has said that he is inspired by John Mayer and Matt Corby. He released his debut album “Recollection” in 2019.
Tom is the first internally selected French Eurovision entrant since 2017. 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 the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, France was represented by Bilal Hassani. With his song “Roi”, he placed 16th in the Grand Final.
Source: Sébastien Barké
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.