France: another part of the 1970 televised final broadcast

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Next week, French musical TV channel Télé Mélody will broacast the second quarter final of the 1970 French national selection. Last September, the same channel already aired the final round of the selection.

The 1970 process to choose the French entry lastedseven weeks. The firstfour shows eachsaw fourentrants and only one was selected by juries from all around the country to move forward to the semi finals. The following two rounds each saw a match between the winners of the quarter finals and the winners of the semi finals were competing against each other in the final. This mini-show was in fact part of the famous program Musicolor.

The show to be presented on Télé Mélody next week is the second quarter final, first broadcast on 17th January 1970. Thefour performers competing were:

  1. Anne Gascoin – Symbalina
  2. Isabelle Aubret & Daniel Béretta – Olivier, Olivia
  3. Guy Bonnet – L’enfant et le marin
  4. Les Troubadours – De l’autre côté des collines

Aubret and Béretta won this quarter final and they would also win the semi final, as we know they would be in the final. Guy Bonnethad his first out of two entries in thisshow(which means he has two entries out of the 16 songs played on TV). L'enfant et le marin is the B-side of Marie Blanche, he took his revenge over Aubret & Béretta one month after with. Another remarkable participation is the one of Les Troubadours’, whose female voice is the 1961 Swiss entrant, Franca di Rienzo. The trio returned to the French selection in 1976, but was eliminated in the second semi final. Their song, Trois petits soldats, placed 7th – out of 7.

Télé Mélody's aim is to broadcast 50’s to 80’s TV programs. From 29th Novemberto 5th December, they will screen Top aux Soeurs Kessler, a show dedicated to the twins who represented Germany in 1959. The girls perform French standards but also share a performance with Udo Jürgens, made of Merci, chérie and Warum, nur warum, the Austrian entries in 1966 and 1964 respectively.

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