Next stop? France! The country’s national selection event Destination Eurovision sees its second edition this year and is all set to crown the successors of Madame Monsieur, who will compete at the Grand Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv!
In the first days of December, the French public channel France 2 revealed the names and the song titles of all acts that made it through to the live shows of the event and will battle for the Eurovision ticket. Ahead of the semi-finals beginning next Saturday in Paris, we now know which entries will compete in each of the two semi-finals, taking place on 12 and 19 January respectively.
Hence, here’s the line up for Destination Eurovision 2019 (you may listen to the songs by clicking on their respective links):
Semi-final 1 (12 January)
- Naestro – Le brasier
- Bilal Hassani – Roi
- Mazy – Oulala
- Lautner – J’ai pas le temps
- Florina – In the shadow
- Aysat – Comme une grande
- Chimène Badi – Là Haut
- Silvàn Areg – Le petit Nicolas
- Battista Acquaviva – Pasio
Semi-final 2 (19 January)
- Ugo – Ce qui me blesse
- Gabriella – On cherche encore (Never get enough)
- Doutson – Sois un bon fils
- Seemone – Tous les deux
- The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha
- Emmanuel Moire – La promesse
- Tracy De Sà – Por aquí
- PhilipElise – Madame la paix
- Noémie – Ma petite famille
All three shows (semi-finals and final) will be airing live on TV, in contrast to last year’s edition, when the semi-finals were pre-recorded. Hosting the show will be once again the successful artist of the country Garou, while the French-speaking 3-member jury will be consisting of Christophe Willem, André Manoukian and Vitaa. The three jurors will be making their comments on the participants’ performance, but they aren’t going to affect the results practically.
We will know the French hopeful for Eurovision 2019 on 26 January, when the Grand Final is set to take place. Both the public and an international jury of 5 countries in the semi-finals and 10 in the Grand Final will have a 50% stake at the event’s outcome.
France at Eurovision 2018
Via their newly-introduced national selection event Destination Eurovision, France would decide upon their representative at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Lisbon, Portugal. The French duo Madame Monsieur were victorious in the Grand Final, thus earning the right to defend the French colours in the contest, with the song Mercy.
Madame Monsieur got really high in the bookers’ preferences and were one of the hot favourites even for the trophy, 41 years after France’s latest victory. Despite that, they came 13rd in the grand final with 173 points.
Here’s their appearance on Altice Arena’s stage: