In recent years France has roared to life at Eurovision, generating buzz and capturing headlines en route to solid performances at the song contest.
And today France Télévisions officially opened submissions for Destination Eurovision 2019 — the second edition of France’s large-scale Eurovision selection. You can submit your application here.
As is standard in Eurovision selections, the song must not be published prior to September 1, 2018. Owing to Destination Eurovision rules, it may not be commercially available until the contest.
Destination Eurovision 2019 returns
French Eurovision hype is growing stronger every year. This year’s grand final gathered 5.2 million viewers — the country’s best ratings since 2009, when it fielded superstar Patricia Kaas.
Speaking to daily newspaper Le Parisien on May 14, Delphine Ernotte, chairwoman of France Télévisions, confirmed that Destination Eurovision would 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.
During the most recent Eurovision fortnight, French Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi sat down with Le Monde — France’s newspaper of record — to discuss the country’s incredible turnaround.
Speaking to French journalist Aurélie Blondel, he made it clear just how much investigative work he had done prior to taking the helm.
“I was surfing on the wave of French failures at ESC,” he says, remembering when France finished near the bottom between 2012 and 2015, which seemed to mirror the country’s low finishes between 2003 and 2008.
“When I attended the show in 2014 and 2015, invited by the French commentator, I was surprised by the total madness of it. I also felt that France was completely out of step with the other delegations.”
When he came back from Austria after the 2015 contest, he wrote a 22-page memo that he presented to the head of entertainment at broadcaster France 2. The memo, he says, “had to become the bible of the French delegation” and nothing less.
“At the end of our discussion, I was hired and became head of the French delegation.”