The performer who will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon will be chosen through a national selection this coming January, according to the latest reports.
France Télévisions, the French national broadcaster, is all set to host a national selection which will take place over three evenings in January 2018. This is according to a report by Ouest France.
It follows the official confirmation from the French national broadcaster back in June, which published an open call for entries in the hope of finding the big next star for France at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
The selection itself will reportedly be presented by the French-Canadian singer Pierre Garand, most often known by his stage name: Garou.
50/50 combined vote?
The latest report revealed more about the potential selection process for France at Eurovision 2018; the winner of the national selection will be chosen by a combination of votes from a professional jury and televotes from the viewers.
The first two shows, which will be pre-recorded, will show a total of fifteen acts perform and be evaluated by a jury of music industry professionals. The final will be live, and the winner will be decided by both European jurors and the viewers at home.
Participants wishing to compete have been able to apply since June.
France at Eurovision 2017
France competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with Alma and her song Requiem, finishing in 12th place with 135 points.