It’s the Big Five nation that turned around its run of bad luck and regularly brings home good results. Now details have been reported of France‘s plans for a national final to select its act for Lisbon.
French newspaper Ouest-France has revealed details of the upcoming French national selection, which will tentatively be named Eurovision, Qui Portera Nos Couleurs (“Eurovision: Who Will Wear Our Colours”). While broadcaster France 2 has not yet confirmed the format of the national final, today’s report does suggest much progress has been made.
Like many national finals, the winner will be selected by votes from both a professional jury and a public televote. Details of the jury have not yet been revealed.
The contest will be hosted by French-Canadian singer and former The Voice France coach Garou.
Since June, entries have been open for interested artists. The general Eurovision rules apply, but France 2 has also specified that the song cannot have more than four songwriters behind it, and the lyrics must be at least 70% French.
The contest will take place sometime in January and will involve three shows: two pre-recorded semi-finals and one live grand final. Around 15 competitors will compete in the semi-finals where they will be evaluated by a jury. An as yet unspecified number will then progress to the grand final.
In the live grand final, the overall winner will be selected by votes from an international jury and the French public.
The names of the competing semi-finalists haven’t been revealed, but we do know of two singers who are hoping to be on stage in January. Twenty-five-year-old singer-songwriter Jérémy Montana is hoping to get the ticket to Lisbon with his song “L’oiseau, mon ami”. And recently, singer Nony — known in France for the 2006 hit song “Façon Sex” from his duo Tribal King, and for being a housemates in the reality show Secret Story — has also expressed his desire to represent France at Eurovision.
The last time France used a national final was in 2014, when three acts competed on the music show Les chansons d’abord, hosted by French-Canadian singer and France’s 2001 Eurovision star, Natasha St-Pier. The winner of this national final was Twin Twin, whose catchy song “Moustache” went on to score only two points in Copenhagen — France’s worst Eurovision result ever.
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