France Télévisions has announced today that ‘Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez’, will be held in January.
The French public broadcaster has today presented the first details of its new selection process ‘Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez’. The selection is set to take place in January and will be hosted by commentator and television presenter Stephane Bern.
A total of twelve acts will compete in the one night show that will be hosted by a city in regional France. The selection is the first time since 2019 that the French public will be involved in selecting their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Tom Leeb had been internally selected by France Télévisions to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Following the cancellation of the contest and the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, it was decided that Tom would not return 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.