It’s the Big Five nation that is boldly reintroducing a national final to select its act for Lisbon. Now the French broadcaster France 2 has confirmed more details around France‘s new national final. The show will be titled Destination Eurovision.
The competition aims to find France’s act for Lisbon. The competition requires that all entries have at least 70% French lyrics. During today’s press conference it was also confirmed that if the winning song had 100% French lyrics, there would be no partial English translation done for Eurovision.
The contestants will be voted on by a French jury, an international jury and televoters. However, France 2 has not yet confirmed exactly how the voting system will work.
Last month it was reported that the contest would involve two pre-recorded semi-finals and a live final. However in today’s announcement France 2 would only say that Destination Eurovision will involve “several” shows.
Entries for the contest have been open since June. From those, around 15 or 16 will be selected for Destination Eurovision. France 2 has also approached big record labels and major French artists. The broadcaster has confirmed they haven’t ruled out the possibility of foreign artists entering.
The show’s host has been confirmed as the French-Canadian singer Garou. His name was first mentioned one month ago, and now the former The Voice France coach has been locked in as the host of Destination Eurovision.
The star is looking forward to his new role. He told French media, “I am totally neutral, I love being touched by a song and I have very eclectic tastes.” He also spoke of the importance to have a act that both viewers and music experts will love.
The last French national final
In the past decade France has only used a national final once. In 2014 the act was selected as part of the music performance show Les chansons d’abord, hosted by France’s 2001 singer Natasha St-Pier.
Even though Twin Twin won the vote with their jaunty song “Moustache”, that didn’t translate to success in Copenhagen. They placed last, with only two points — France’s worst ever Eurovision result.
What do you think? Who would you like to see enter Destination Eurovision? Can the new national final select a good act for Lisbon? Sound off below!