France’s Destination Eurovision made its debut last night, with four acts qualifying for the final. We’ll be seeing Lisandro Cuxi, Emmy Liyana, Malo’ and Louka again on January 27. But, as ever with Eurovision, the results didn’t quite please everyone.
Fans in France — and around the world — have had issues with Noée‘s elimination. Her classic ballad, “L’un près de l’autre”, certainly seemed to go down well with those watching at home.
The public, of course, do not have the chance to vote in the semi-finals. The acts’ fate was only in the hands of the intenational and French juries.
The international juries certainly seemed to enjoy Noée’s entry, giving her 20 points overall. At this stage, she was tied with Malo’ in third place, therefore qualifying for the final. Louka, meanwhile, only took 14 points from the international juries.
But only Amir gave her any points from the French jurors, and then ultimately gave Louka enough points to eliminate Noée anyway. Judging by social media, that wasn’t the most popular decision:
#DestinationEurovision I’d rather we had stopped after the international jury… Noée and Ehla were robbed ? ! Emmy Liyana ??
— Bastian ?????? (@PikaBastian) January 13, 2018
International jury got it right…. Mamma Mia was pretty awful tonight didn't deserve to go through, Noee was strong even if simple. Ciao overrate by the French jury. Best two songs got through though, all that matters! #DestinationEurovision
— Aussievision (@aussievisionnet) January 13, 2018
j'suis dépitée pour Noée sa chanson était trop douce et elle avait grave le profil, je comprends pas qu'on ait pu lui préférer Louka?????
— briséis (@MmePendragon) January 14, 2018
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Destination Eurovision: iTunes Charts
It’s not just on social media that the public are having their say, though. On the French iTunes chart (as of 20:00 CET on January 14), Lisandro Cuxi and Emmy Liyana both sit in the top ten, at #5 and #7 respectively.
But the next Destination Eurovision act to appear is, in fact, Noée. “L’un près de l’autre” is sitting at #13, just ahead of “Ciao” by Malo’, which is #15. Louka, on the other hand, only sits at #66 with “Mamma Mia”.
Of course, the public will get a chance to have their say at the Destination Eurovision final. For now though, any post-show success may just have to be a little bittersweet for Noée.
Destination Eurovision: Ratings Success
One bright spot for Destination Eurovision coming out of last night’s show is the general reception. Whilst there were some complaints about the show’s length, overall reception to the show seems to be positive.
The show’s ratings were also strong, pulling in 2.5 million viewers. Thought not the highest in the time slot, those figures are almost what Eurovision itself was drawing just a few years ago. It’s another sign of the French Eurovision revival in full swing!
What did you think about Destination Eurovision and its result? Should Noée have made it in instead of Louka, or even one of the other acts? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!