France is one of at least five countries who will be returning to a national final this year. Now broadcaster France 2 has confirmed the start date of new national final Destination Eurovision — and there’s not long to wait!
The broadcaster confirmed that the new series will begin on Saturday, January 13, broadcasting at 20:55 CET.
The dates of the other two shows have not been confirmed, but fans are expecting they will be broadcast on the following Saturdays. The second semi-final would be on January 20 and the grand final on January 27.
?? Quelle sera LA chanson qui représentera la France à l’#Eurovision2018 ? C'est vous qui choisirez ! #DestinationEurovision, 3 soirées évènementielles à partir du samedi 13 janvier à 20H55, présentées par @Garou_officiel, sur @France2tv ! pic.twitter.com/HVh32my8JZ
— Eurovision France ?? (@EurovisionF2) December 26, 2017
What will be THE song that will represent France at #Eurovision2018? It’s you who will choose! #DestinationEurovision, 3 evenings from Saturday January 13th at 20:55, presented by @Garou_officiel, on @France2tv!
Earlier in the month, France 2 confirmed details of the new Destination Eurovision. The show will be hosted by French-Canadian singer Garou, and will feature a local judging panel of France’s 2016 star Amir, French-Canadian chanteuse Isabelle Boulay and French Pop Idol winner Christophe Willem. They’ll be joined by an international judging panel of Eurovision experts Christer Björkman (HoD Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (HoD Italy) and Olga Salamakha (HoD Belarus).
Nine songs will compete in each of the two semi-finals. From there, four acts from each semi will progress to the grand final. While the two finals will be pre-recorded and the qualifiers determined by jury vote alone, the grand final will be decided by 50/50 televote and a larger international jury vote.
The competing songs will be revealed in the days before each semi-final. Organisers aren’t saying who is competing, but have revealed some details of who is behind the songs. Many big-name French stars are involved as songwriters. Artists Zazie, Maitre Gims, Vitaa and Grande Corps Malade are among those who have a songwriting credit.
The two semi-finals will be recorded on January 8 and January 9. Audience tickets are available for fans who can make it to the Paris studio on those dates.
With the French national final expected to be held on January 27, this will be the next scheduled artist and song to be selected for Eurovision 2018.
What do you think? Who would you like to see competing in Destination Eurovision? Who should represent France in Lisbon? Share your thoughts below!