Just add Max Cinnamon! Destination Eurovision confirms “Ailleurs” singer for semi-finals


Whatever the dish, it frequently benefits from a little spice. And today producers behind Destination Eurovision followed that advice, confirming the singer Max Cinnamon for the semi-finals of its Eurovision 2018 selection.

“So excited to announce that I’ll be participating in a show called ‘Destination Eurovision’ to choose, from 18 participants, who will represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest in May!” he wrote on Instagram shortly afterwards.

The young singer, who began playing the violin at the age of four, has his feet on the ground and his head locked squarely on his shoulders. Fame soon beckons, but in his preview clip he says that he loves France and he loves fishing with his father.

And, perhaps best of all for you Eurovision fans, he sees the contest as an opportunity to play his own music rather than covers.

He’ll do so with a song called “Ailleurs”.

That may mean “Elsewhere”, but the sound is very much here and now.

As you can hear in the clip, it has a laid-back vibe that makes us think of sipping cocktails on the French Riviera. There’s a subtle Shawn Mendes vibe as well and it reads as very radio-friendly.

Interestingly, Max shares his name with Pepsi Max Cinnamon — a limited edition range of soda released for Christmas 2005 à la saveur de cannelle. Let’s hope his Eurovision journey is as fizzy and sweet!


The first semi airs next Saturday, 13 January. Nine songs will compete in each of the two semi-finals, and four songs from each semi will go to the grand final.

In the meantime, vote in our poll for your favourite of the first nine acts.

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