Malo’ said “Ciao” while rocking a piano. Nassi sang of a kids’ dream while his dancers dropped urban shapes. And IGIT got friendly with a wooden puppet as he took us on a journey from Lisbon to Jerusalem. But in the end it was electro duo Madame Monsieur who won the evening with their touching track “Mercy”.
The song tells the true story of a child they met who made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. It tugs on heartstrings as much as it worms into your ears.
As wiwiblogger Luis wrote ahead of tonight’s show:
“‘Mercy’ is smooth, clever and polished, and you could have it on repeat for ten hours without getting tired. Its lyrics are a punch in the face of Europe and connect with what many Europeans believe: our governments are doing nothing to prevent the Mediterranean from becoming a cemetery. As harsh as it sounds, that’s one of the many strengths of this entry.”
Eurovision 2017 act Alma replaced Amir on the judging panel alongside series regulars Isabelle Boulay and Christophe Willem. However, unlike in weeks one and two, the Francophone panel only provided guidance and critique. Their voting powers (50%) were handed over to the televoting public at home.
An international jury continued to hold the remaining 50% of points and consisted of 10 jurors from Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland, who joined Sweden, Belarus and Italy, who participated in the semi-finals.
Lisandro received 12 points from Russia, Israel, Belarus, Italy and Sweden; Emmy from Armenia, France, Switzerland, and Finland; and Madame Monsieur from Iceland and Bulgaria.
The thoughts of the French jury did not count toward the score, but they named their favourites anyway. Christophe went for Emmy, Isabelle for Malo’ and Alma for Nassi, IGIT and Emmy Liyana.
The public vote undid the jury’s placings. Emmy only received 30 points from the public, putting her way down in sixth. place. Lisandro could not repeat his win with the jury, dropping to third with the public. His loss was Madame Monsieur’s gain. They topped the table and it was enough to give them the win.
- Madame Monsieur —118 points
- Malo’ — 89
- Lisandro — 72
- Igit — 50
- Max — 36
- Emmy — 30
- Nassi — 18
- Louka — 7
When the jury votes and televotes and televotes were combined, the total gave Madame Monsieur a comfortable win, with jury favourite Lisandro following behind in second place.
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