France Televisions is set to hold a new national selection format to determine the nation’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, entertainment director of France Télévisions has revealed that the broadcaster will be holding a new selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The new selection will be a one night selection held in a large concert hall in a regional city, with the public having a say in the winner. A jury will also be involved in the French selection, however the details of their involvement have yet to be worked out.
The broadcaster is set to make a call for singers on the 29th of June. The aim of the selection according to the French HoD is to revive the Eurovision brand on TV, with the show to be produced internally across France Télévisions.
France last held a televised selection in 2019 to determine its Eurovision representative. Destination Eurovision which was produced by ITV Studios was held from 2018 to 2019. In 2020 the French broadcaster returned to an internal selection. Tom Leeb announced earlier this week he would not be representing France again at Eurovision in 2021.
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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.