France will have to wait at least another year before it brings the glass microphone back to Paris. Despite conquering Lisbon’s Altice Arena, Madame Monsieur and their electro-pop melody “Mercy” ended in 13th place during the grand final with only 173 points.
However, French Eurovision hype is growing stronger and stronger every year. On Saturday, the show gathered 5.2 million viewers — the country’s best ratings since 2009, when it fielded superstar Patricia Kaas.
France 2 confirms Destination Eurovision 2019
Speaking to daily newspaper Le Parisien on Monday, Delphine Ernotte, chairwoman of France Télévisions, gave us some good news. Destination Eurovision will return in the coming months to find the artist to sing for France in Israel. “We are renewing the show because it’s a good way to choose our representative,” she said.
Broadcast in January, the three primetime shows failed to achieve popularity among French viewers with an average of just 2.1 million people watching. Praised by the fans, the national selection may undergo some changes in order to attract a wider audience.
“Bonjour Minsk !” France returns to Junior Eurovision
The return of the national final is welcome, but it isn’t totally surprising. A more unexpected piece of news that gave rise to smiles is that France will compete in Junior Eurovision 2018. Unlike the original contest, France 2 will chose the song internally.
Fière d’être ce soir à #Lisbonne aux côtés de @MadameMonsieur et de toute la délégation française et de rencontrer @jonolasand ! @Francetele s’engage encore plus pour l’#Eurovision : @France2tv rejoint ainsi dès cette année #JuniorEurovision ! @EBU_HQ pic.twitter.com/h7Ps0xpW7Z
— Delphine Ernotte (@DelphineErnotte) 12 mai 2018
“I’m so proud to be here tonight in #Lisbon with @MadameMonsieur and the whole French delegation and to meet @jonolasand! @FranceTele is getting more involved in #Eurovision: @France2tv will take part in this year’s #JuniorEurovision! @EBU_HQ” tweeted Delphine Ernotte.
France only took part once in Junior Eurovision, in 2004 with Thomas Pontier and the song “Si on voulait bien”. He ended up at the 6th place with 78 points.