France : 1970 televised final to be aired again

by Dominique Dufaut 43 views

From August 30 to September 5, French private TV channel �Télé Melody� (a musical channel of course !) will broadcast France 1970�s final, which has never been seen since then.

In 1970, after 8 years of internal choice, France’s ORTF organized a televised final which lasted 7 weeks. Out of the 143 songs submitted, 16 were chosen by a professional jury. Four quarter-finals took place in the Saturday evening music show “Musicolor”. Songs were performed four by four. Juries in different regional headquarters of the French TV voted and qualified only one song for the next round.

So, on the 5th and 6th Saturday, two semi-finals, both having two songs involved, were organized and the final round was presented on February, 21st. Guy Bonnet and “Marie-Blanche” won the national contest, against Daniel Beretta & Isabelle Aubret (France’s 1962 Grand Prix winner and 1968’s French entrant), with “Olivier, Olivia”.

One can notice that France would have anyway been represented by a song whose title is a first name !The Eurovision selection was only a small part of “Musicolor”. The show which will be aired next week has Belgian singer Salvatore Adamo as main guest, but also Dani (France 1974) singing two songs and Guy Mardel (France 65).So, if you have French eurofriends , this is definitely something for their archive!

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