Earlier today, the French national broadcaster France 3 aired a Eurovision special of the television show Le chansons d’abord where the 3 bidding French entries were performed in full for the first time.
Back in November, France 3 released the names of the 3 participating candidates who had been selected by a special committee to take part in the French selection process. Soon afterwards, the names of the 3 possible entries were revealed. On Friday, France 3 unveiled a 30 second snippet of the 3 bidding entries.
At 16:40 CET today, France 3 aired the Eurovision special of Le chansons d’abord where the 3 bidding French entries were performed in full for the first time. The show was pre-recorded on the 10 December. The 3 entries can be found here on the France 3 official website.
The French public will now be able to vote for their favourite entry via telephone, SMS and the website over the next month. The public vote will count for 50% of the final result with the other 50% of the results being decided by a professional jury. The results of the show will be announced on the 2 March.
France debuted at the first ever Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956. France has won the contest 5 times; 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1977. Last year, Amandine Bourgeois was internally selected to represent France at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö with her song L’enfer et moi where she eventually ended in 23rd place with a total of 14 points.
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