Only one day after the UK announced the resurrection of a national selection, France has taken its turn to announce its plans for Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm.
Unlike the BBC, France 2 is sticking with an internal selection and today issued a call for Francophone solo singers, groups, authors and composers to submit their applications.
Strangely, the French broadcaster is not allowing people over 50 to take part in the selection process. No reason was given. Blatant ageism aside, we suspect it has to do with memories of how a lot of people (especially the French) poked fun of Lisa Angell for her age. She was 46 at the time of the contest. Those critics called for a younger singer with a younger sound.
Another interesting point is that the broadcaster is welcoming singers of all nationalities (and religions), who are able to promote their song in French AND English.
Concerning the eligibility of songs, the same rules dictated by the EBU apply with a few additions. The song that will represent France in Stockholm can be sung entirely in French or be up to 20% in a foreign language.
A few weeks ago, we reported that France 2 hopes to find a famous artist, and potentially field a song that has already become a hit. But now it seems they have changed their minds and seek an unpublished song. The public won’t have a say on the song: A committee from France Télévisions will have the final decision.
France 2 also reserves the right to decide on the artistic direction and visuals of the campaign — from the song’s creation to the promotional materials through to the Eurovision performance. We should note that all costs related to the promotion of the song will have to be handled by the record company in charge of the artist. Even so, France 2 wishes to be fully involved in all the decisions concerning the release and the marketing of the song.
Finally, France 2 promises that it will strive to promote the song in its television programs in the run up to Eurovision. The deadline to submit an application is 31 October.
NEW HEAD OF DELEGATION FOR FRANCE
In other news, Frédéric Valencak has left his position as the French Head of Delegation, a position that he has held since 2013. We always enjoyed working with him and wish him the very best.
In his place comes Edoardo Grassi, who is clearly very enthusiastic about his new gig. Hopefully that enthusiasm will help France in the contest!
— Edoardo Grassi (@EdwardoGrassi) September 24, 2015
So, what do you think of France’s selection process? Do you think France 2 should give more power to the public? Let us know in the comments section below!