“Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez” (Eurovision France – it’s you who decides) will select the French entry for Eurovision 2021.
Details of the new French national selection were revealed by Alexandra Redde-Amiel, the Head of Delegation for France. She explained:
“It will be a large evening event produced by France Télévisions. The idea is to put a spotlight on Eurovision that night. We will film this event in a large concert hall in a regional city and it will be presented by Stéphane Bern.”
Stéphane Bern is a familiar face on French television and radio. Known for his programmes on history and nobility, he has been active in the media since the 1990’s. He has also been the French commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015 and for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since France’s return in 2018.
When asked about the reasoning behind a return to a national selection, Alexandra Redde-Amiel replied:
“You have to look at it in context. Tom Leeb was selected internally. Covid-19 came along and Eurovision was cancelled. Eurovision is one of our strongest brands. We can’t let the public go another year without it. We spoke with Tom and we decided to let the public get behind Eurovision once more by creating ‘Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez’. “
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 previously announced this week he would not be representing France again at Eurovision in 2021.
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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.