She flew the French flag with pride in 2017. And tomorrow night, Alma will be on set at Destination Eurovision 2018 to pass the baton over to her successor.
The “Requiem” songstress replaces her Eurovision predecessor Amir on the in-house jury. And she won’t be the only big name to drop by the studio on Saturday.
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Alma will take up her seat on the judging panel alongside series regulars Isabelle Boulay and Christophe Willem. And while Amir may have upset certain fans when his semi-final one points sent Louka to the final ahead of Noée, his absence is completely unrelated to his judging decisions.
Taking to Twitter, the “J’ai cherché” hitmaker explained that he had prior work commitments. He’s a busy man y’all!
Les amis, mon rôle de juré dans #DestinationEurovision est à présent terminé… c’est une décision de longue date (obligations à l’étranger).
Je suis extrêmement fier des 8 artistes sélectionnés !
Je laisse la place à @almaofficiel pour la grande finale de demain soir ! #Love
— ???? (@Amir_Off) January 26, 2018
However, unlike in weeks one and two, the Francophone panel will only provide guidance and critique. Their voting powers (50%) are being taken over by the public watching at home.
The international jury will continue to hold the remaining 50% of points. Their numbers will rise from three to ten, with delegation representatives from Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland joining Sweden, Belarus and Italy.
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Destination Eurovision 2018 duets
As with the semi-finals, the grand final is set to run for two and a half hours. In the semis, the contestants filled out the time with covers of well known hits. And they’ll do so once more in the final, albeit with a glamorous twist.
Similar to The X Factor, each of the eight contestants will duet with an established pop act. And producers have managed to draft in some impressive guests. Standout names include rapper Maître Gims, Eurovision 1993’s Patrick Fiori and singer Nolwenn Leroy.
- Nassi and Gipsy Kings
- Louka and Maître Gims
- Madame Monsieur and Dadju
- Max Cinnamon and Patrick Fiori
- Emmy Liyana and Slimane
- Lisandro Cuxi and Nolwenn Leroy
- Igit and Alain Souchon
- Malo’ and Cats on Tree
One of the stars, Slimane, already has his eyes on 2019. Speaking to 20 Minutes, the man credited with discovering Emmy confirmed that he would love to write a future Eurovision hit.
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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)