France will have to wait at least another year before it brings the glass microphone back to Paris. Despite conquering Lisbon’s Altice Arena, Madame Monsieur and their electro-pop melody “Mercy” ended in 13th place during the grand final with only 173 points.

However, French Eurovision hype is growing stronger and stronger every year. On Saturday, the show gathered 5.2 million viewers — the country’s best ratings since 2009, when it fielded superstar Patricia Kaas.

France 2 confirms Destination Eurovision 2019

Speaking to daily newspaper Le Parisien on Monday, Delphine Ernotte, chairwoman of France Télévisions, gave us some good news. Destination Eurovision will return in the coming months to find the artist to sing for France in Israel. “We are renewing the show because it’s a good way to choose our representative,” she said.

Broadcast in January, the three primetime shows failed to achieve popularity among French viewers with an average of just 2.1 million people watching. Praised by the fans, the national selection may undergo some changes in order to attract a wider audience.

“Bonjour Minsk !” France returns to Junior Eurovision

The return of the national final is welcome, but it isn’t totally surprising. A more unexpected piece of news that gave rise to smiles is that France will compete in Junior Eurovision 2018. Unlike the original contest, France 2 will chose  the song internally.

“I’m so proud to be here tonight in #Lisbon with @MadameMonsieur and the whole French delegation and to meet @jonolasand! @FranceTele is getting more involved in #Eurovision: @France2tv will take part in this year’s #JuniorEurovision! @EBU_HQ” tweeted Delphine Ernotte.

France only took part once in Junior Eurovision, in 2004 with Thomas Pontier and the song “Si on voulait bien”. He ended up at the 6th place with 78 points.

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CyxCy
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Even if we knew since last Saturday that France would participate in Eurovision Junior, I ‘m happy that they renew “Destination Eurovision”. It’s a very good format to which there are not many details to modify (perhaps to suppress the covers of songs … They lengthen unnecessarily the emission and in the end, the only titles which the public wants to hear, they are the ones who will represent us perhaps at Eurovision). I especially hope that they will be able to find as many good songs for 2019 as for 2018, even the foreign public has hailed the quality… Read more »
AngieP
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So so happy for them!!! This year’s national selection was a success. So many good songs and a deserved winner. If sth is sucessful, you don’t change it. I’m looking forward to Destination Eurovision 2019 and I hope they find the winner of ESC soon!

Escphbelgium
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I’m calling it now! Emmy Lyana should try again for France 2019!

Alex
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It was the best national selection show by far (not including Melodi). They should host the show in a bigger venue though, the studio was so small and the stage tiny…

BTW 2.1m viewers for a national selection in France is all time record, that’s almost as much people watched Eurovision 2008 or 2007 in France. It was a very good number of viewers and that’s why they’ll do the show again next year.

I think Lisboa Jerusalem would’ve done better, it’s so theatrical. Nassi had an excellent song but he had to give it to another artist.

Dony
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Hopefully the show is a smoother pacing next year. All the endless talking, covers round, etc all made the show a chore to watch. The songs were great, so just streamline the show and you’re good

JeyDelRey
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Yeah but in France we like long shows. And oddly, most people love to hear old or hit songs so that’s why I’m pretty sure they’ll keep the covers. Most singing shows here are broadcasted from 21:00 (9p.m) to 23:30-23:45 (11:30 p.m). I understand your point but I’m pretty sure that the format will remain the same. Maybe they’ll add a third semi-final with 9 other artists since Destination Eurovision and Madame Monsieur, Alma, and Amir have really changed the way French people, artists, and label see the ESC 🙂

FanESC
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Une troisième demi-finale ? Bof… France 2 n’aurait rien à y gagner : – Il faut trouver 9 autres talents supplémentaires, ce qui risque d’être très compliqué (9 talents compétents, évidemment, ce qui en fait 27 participants au total, ce qui me semble un petit peu beaucoup, je trouve). – Tout ça pour avoir 3 qualifiés sur 9 talents pour chaque demi-finale ? Ce serait vraiment naze. Autant garder 20 artistes par demi-finale et n’en qualifier que 4 (5 à la rigueur, vu que la finale devrait être au moins aussi longue que les demi-finales). – Vu les audiences de… Read more »
NickC
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I agree with Jo. No covers, no long intros (at least for the semis), no feedback from judges. I prefer short, dynamic, fast-paced shows, maybe with 8 songs in each semi final, and final.

M_K
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I liked the covers and the shows as a whole.

Curve
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Ukraine’s Vidbir should remove giving feedback to the contestants too. But I think they want people to listen to them because they are “stars” after all and that they are focusing more on showing their personality at the same time. Like what celebrities would typically do on other tv shows

Roelof Meesters
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Im glad France (and Wales) going to JESC, they will surely make the contest more diverse. DE brought some amazaing songs this year, and if they have masterpieces like Ok Ou Ko next year then it will very likely be my favorite National selection (again)! See you in Jerusalem and Minsk 😀

beccaboo1212
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Alright! Bonjour France! See you in Minsk and Jerusalem! 😀

Nicolas
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Watch some s*** pop song (english/french lyrics) win next year and finish bottom 5 lol.

Darren
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Loved Destination Eurovision! Definitely my favourite NF of the season. I love the effort that France is making with Eurovision once more. Ian really expecting them to win in the coming years. France and Italy have the best chances of being the next Big 5 winner.
I wonder will Amir return next year, he is half Israeli after all. (Really want him back <3 )

Sly
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Amir is king of autotune, bad live vocals

Sabrina
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Destination Eurovision was my favorite national selection this year. The producers found a talented group of people and at least 5 songs could represent France in Lisbon. They should think about holding at least the final on a bigger venue though.

Curve
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I want to see Malo and Lisandro again next year.

perrs
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They would got better result for France this year than winner of national final.

marcus (Day One)
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Anyone else still a bit shocked that they had a song called Lisbon Jerusalem in their selection last time?

Ananas
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I just was thinking that yesterday!

NickC
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And that was my favourite song of all 2018 season (Mercy being my second fave)

Azotman
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Bonsoir tout le monde. Avec 18 chansons, une seule émission suffit, voir 2 maximum avec une seule demi finale et 10 qualifiés pour la finale et on laisse le public voter lors des deux soirées. Rien de plus frustrant que de voir des participants se faire éliminer en 1/2 pour 2 points alors que le public ne s’est même pas exprimé ! Pour le jury, 3 Français et 9 internationaux me semblent pas mal. On garde le 50% jury / 50% public. Si on choisit de faire un concours de sélection, on joue le jeu jusqu’au bout et on donne… Read more »
FanESC
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Perso, j’aimerais surtout qu’ils arrêtent les reprises des chansons, je trouve ça ridicule, surtout si des artistes connus se présentent, ce serait ultra gênant. L’idéal serait 20 chansons au total, 10 par demi-finale, 5 qualifiés par demi-finale et 10 au total pour la finale. Des demi-finales moins longues (comme ça , les reprises des chansons peuvent être supprimées). Concernant le système de vote, comme l’a dit Edoardo la semaine dernière juste avant la finale (et pour le coup, je suis vraiment d’accord avec lui), il est primordial de faire des demi-finales en direct et de laisser le public voter durant… Read more »
Azotman
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Salut FanESC, Je suis d’accord avec l’essentiel de ce que tu dis. Si par exemple : Matt Pokora, Louane ou Kendji Girac veulent participer, faire une reprise ne sert à rien. Concernant Amir, le fait qu’il ait fait partie du jury montre qu’il s’intéresse toujours au concours. On sait qu’il est capable de faire des bonnes chansons et qu’il aime gagner mais aussi se faire plaisir. Rybak avait tout à perdre, pourtant il est revenu. Quelque chose me dit qu’on reverra Amir ou Alma un jour. Le succès de l’émission fait que cela peut inciter d’autre artistes confirmés à vouloir… Read more »
Truth Teller
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It’s cool that they hold on to a selection which was obviously a success. But man, do I miss Patricia Kaas. To me personally, she was the one and only real star that participated in Eurovision so far.

Lala
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She only came 8th so……

Joe
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If the quality is as good as it was this year, Destination Eurovision is going to easily be my favorite selection show.

Jo.
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No more covers.

Edgar
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Wales will participate in junior eurovision as well.

Roy Moreno
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Source?

CWD
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Eurovisionfan12
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And France themselves will return as well

beccaboo1212
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Yay! 😀

sevzch
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so baisically france confirmed participation in israel 2019 (sorry for my english)

Joe
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That they did! See ’em in Jerusalem!