France‘s Destination Eurovision was one of the most successful national finals of the 2018 season. And today France 2 made clear its ambitions to keep the momentum going by revealing the list of 18 artists who are ready to slay the two semi-finals for a shot at Eurovision glory.

Florina – “In the Shadow”

Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Ugo – “Ce qui me blesse”

Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”

Sylvàn Areg – “Le petit Nicolas”

Gabriella – “On cherche encore”

Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”

The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha’

Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”

Tracy de Sa – “Por aqui”

Battista Acquaviva – “Passio”

Lautner – “J’ai pas le temps”

Philip Elise – “Madame la paix”

Bilal Hassani – “Roi”

Mazy – “Oulala

Noemie – “Ma petite famille”

Naestro – “Le brasier”

Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Destination Eurovision 2019: Format

This year, Destination Eurovision goes live for all three shows, not just the final. All three shows – the two semi-finals and the grand final – will have a 50/50 split of public and jury voting, as in Eurovision itself.

Unlike in last year’s show, the three person panel will only voice their opinions on the acts, and not actually cast a vote. Instead, a 20 person international jury will be responsible for that half of the vote.

What do you think of the names for Destination Eurovision? Are you excited to see what the second season will bring us? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Purple Mask

Bilal Hassani is a hugely talented force, and is someone I really want to see win this selection. Let’s wait for the songs. 🙂

Lolek
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Lolek

I had a quick listen to the 4-5 songs that are out.
Naestro’s is alright. Ugo has a nice enough voice.
I kind of like Mazy’s song. It has a nice vibe to it.
Emmanuel Moire’s song was unique because its about his unapologetic love for a man. I could kind of see them doing like with Ireland 2018 and having two men dancing together as he sings.

sandy
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sandy

4 songs out so far and i hate them all

Julienbch
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Julienbch

Maybe the word “hate” is a bit violent and inappropriate to describe your feeling about songs…
It’s your right to DON’T LIKE them, but what’s hatable in these songs ?

Thomas
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Thomas

Have been listen to Bilal’s other music and I cannot wait to see what he brings because WHOA!!! ???

JeyDelRey
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JeyDelRey

I can’t wait to hear all the songs. French reporters were invited to a press conference where they heard 1m30 of each song. According to them, the strongest entries are Seemone (a piano-voice ballad) and Tracy de Sà (a, I quote, “bop about mojitos and other cocktails that makes you want to dance”). I’m also excited to hear Aysat and Battista. I can’t wait !

FanESC
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FanESC

Absolutely, “Por Aqui” from Tracy is some sort of a Aya Nakamura song. I’m so hyped for Battista. Either it’ll be something magical with a potential top 3 with televoters like her cover of “Psaume de David” during her blind audition, or it’ll be traditional and dated like her cover of “Bella Ciao”. But I think (and hope) that it’ll bé amazing and organic. Also very hyped for Émilie (love “Cette vie m’emporte” which is very french), Asyat (think she can dance), Florina (dark pop song like Sia), Gabriella (uptempo song about social networks), and Bilal.

JeyDelRey
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JeyDelRey

Exactly. I think it’ll be either hit or miss for Battista but I’m excited. I see we have the same “favorites”, I would just swap Bilal for Philip Elise (I heard her song has a Hoshi vibe that I’m really into). I think we’ll be able to hear the sneak peeks December, 20 so fingers crossed !

FanESC
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FanESC

En fait, je ne suis pas vraiment hyped pour Bilal mais plutôt curieux, plutôt. Pour Philip Elise, il paraît effectivement que sa voix est un mélange de Zaz et de Hoshi, un timbre particulier. Curieux aussi d’écouter le titre de Lautner, ils sont jeunes donc j’espère quelque chose de pop, d’éléctro, et de moderne. Ce serait marrant que la France qui n’a jamais envoyé des duo à l’Eurovision de son histoire en envoie deux d’affilés d’un coup en seulement deux années.

Jo.
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Jo.

Ok…
4 songs are out so far, but none really caught my attention. They are good, but also kind of forgettable, even the rap-wannabe “Oulala”.
It’s 4/18 tho, so there’s still a lot of potential.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Enjoying Ugo’s song…

Jeremsback
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Jeremsback

Oh my god le brasier by Naestro is soooo good ! On youtube !!!!!!

Jo.
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Jo.

Looking good and competitive.

Tom
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Tom

Perhaps I’m overthinking it, but I think that due to ongoing events in the country, it feels like France is trying to make French people get distracted by Eurovision, that’s why they put much effort into this show.

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

You’re overthinking it. There is no way Eurovision could distract the French people from on-going events. Whichever they are.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

That’s wayyyy too far fetched. And it doesn’t even make any sense. French people won’t suddenly stop watching the news because of some esc nf participants.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Also, Destination Eurovision is pretty much set to take place in January, while the yellow-jacket protests have been around since late November. There’s still about an entire month for the yellow-jacket protests to be the main focus of attention for French people. The story have even reached South America, so I doubt they’ll be out of the focus soon.

Toinousse
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Toinousse

Most of the French people do not care at aaaall about destination eurovision tbh.

OohHoney
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OohHoney

Ohhh I’m so curious about what Battista Acquaviva will bring to the table, can not wait!

Polegend Godgarina
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Battista Acquaviva is going to bring La forza 2.0 omg

Polegend Godgarina
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Why does Ugo look like Mélovin’s twin?

FanESC
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FanESC

I told myself the same thing.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

A bit, yes, you are right! But Ugo is even more sexy… Aww, after all these years with Amir, Alma, MM, Max, Nassi etc. (who are all talented ofc), I have finally found my French sweetheart <3 <3 <3 You are all invited to our marriage 😀 😀 😀

Nikki
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Nikki

France wants to win! Destination Eurovision is trying to become my favourite NF (Sorry , my heart still belongs to San Remo)

Russian Fla-la-lag
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Russian Fla-la-lag

Well they should. But the voters in Eurovision are not letting them win.

Lucas
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Lucas

It is truly amazing ! this lineup is beautiful , love for my country here ! i can’t wait to see what we send 😉

though the situation here is really scary , this insurection is huge.

It's the BBC's fault, not the UK's
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It's the BBC's fault, not the UK's

The 3 songs I’ve heard so far seem a bit bland but well-polished. But of course, there’s still many more to go!

Popyy
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Popyy

Just heard the three songs that’s been released. All well-produced but way too plain for my taste. Will wait for more to come.

Sera
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Sera

I just realized that Bilal Hassani is actually a guy.

Rome
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Rome

I want Lautner to win for non-musical reasons. :$

Chance
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Chance

Hello Lautner!

Shad
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Shad

Where the hell is Kendji Girac? He should just try to represent Spain because it’s pretty clear that france doesnt value him.

FanESC
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FanESC

I don’t think he’ll partcipate if he isn’t sure to win the thing, or maybe in 2020 or later. This year, we already have 2 big names (Emmanuel Moire + Chimène Badi).

Jo.
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Jo.

or maybe he doesn’t value the contest, most likely.

Esluv
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Esluv

Omgggg emmanuel moire i remember him. JE FAIS DE TOI MON ESSENTIELLLLLLLLLL

Esc84
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Esc84

Beau malheur

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Destination Eurovision makes me want to learn French! I’m not familiar with their music industry, but it’s impressive how there are so many interesting artists and beautiful voices on their selection for the second year in a row. Someone has reunited all of them in this video so we can have a taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ZSFbPN-Hs

Russian Fla-la-lag
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Russian Fla-la-lag

I bet Christer Bjorkman is gonna fancy Lautner and give them 12 points from the Swedish jury votes right away.

Frenkc
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Frenkc

Hopefully he won’t be part of the jury. Let’s cross our fingers!

Russian Fla-la-lag
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Russian Fla-la-lag

I actually agree with you on that. Hated seeing him there months ago.

Jo.
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Jo.

He probably will, just like Italy’s Nicola.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I think the French Juries should also have a say but equal to the international juries, it only makes sense that they would have a say in this
Good luck France <3

Diwad
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Diwad

Unforunately its a song competition…..

Diwad
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Diwad

Sorry it was an answer for Henry (the message right down), ooops 🙂

Toinousse
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Toinousse

Well last year their results were weird and also France cannot vote for France at Eurovision.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Last year, the Israeli juries voted alongside Israeli people at home :3 We all know how it ended 😉
And no problem Diwad xD

Toinousse
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Toinousse

It’s not exactly the same Israel was not selecting a song.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

True
By the way, it was rumoured that Erez Tal and Bar Refaeli will host Eurovision 2019 (with Lucy Ayub most likely to host the green room)
*Nothing is officialy confirmed

Henry
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Henry

Bilal Hassani gave me the same first impression Netta gave me, wow, what an unique style. He looks like a winner. He could definitely generate the same buzz.

Diwad
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Diwad

And for those who didnt know billal hassanis song (hes a guy….) is written by Madame Monsieur 🙂

Diwad
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Diwad

Battista Aquaviva OMG !!! Cant stop watching her the voice audition… Mesmerising !!

James
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James

Schucks, no Kendji Girac. 🙁

Stephanie
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I highly doubt they would have gone with anyone uber-famous in France

James
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James

He hasn’t had new music out for close to two years until recently. In the music industry, that would have been too long a tme unless he’s been done ng gigs in between.

Jack
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Jack

Destination Eurovision seemed to have a good debut year and was really popular in the ESC fandom despite low viewing figures in France and a disappointing outcome in ESC being one of the favorites to win but I’m optimistic and curious of this year’s songs, the selection last year was quite good but none of the songs were winning or Top 5 material for Eurovision so I expect the French to up their game! I hope they leave out all the guest duet performances this year which dragged out the final way too long last time.

Russian Fla-la-lag
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Russian Fla-la-lag

I can’t wait!!!

Ogie
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Ogie

Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”
Ohhh i love her voice
Love the song – Zina (ici ou là-bas)
Julie Zenatti (ft. Chimène Badi )

Tio
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Tio

Por Aqui by Tracy de Sa is gonna be a BOPPP, get ready

Urhia
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Urhia

What is a BOP ?

Levi21
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Levi21

Basically a song that makes you move, a song you can dance to.

Christian
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Christian

It’s impressive to see how France keeps sticking to their own language. Good luck!

Trh
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Trh

As they should! Well done!

Onetimeuser
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Onetimeuser

Seemone, Ugo and the lautner guys are cute

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Now the two of us finally have the same opinion <3 Without joking, Ugo is really beautiful *-*
BUT: It is all about the songs of course! So let's be excited 🙂

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Oh, his song is good. The chorus is a bit repetitive, but it has emotions. Reminds me of Felix Sandman. Ugo, I love you! *scream* 😀

Onetimeuser
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Onetimeuser

I didn’t really like this particular song of his !
I didn’t like any of the 3 I’ve heard
Last year was better , I had liked all the initial snippets

FanESC
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FanESC

So pround of my country ! Chimène Badi and Emmanuel Moire are actually pretty big names, just like Bilal Hassani. Gabriella and Florina were very likely, though. The stage is looking awesome btw.

Celeste
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Celeste

We have a very great selection !!!

Bilal has a big fanbase, like Lisandro last year, but his (yes, it’s a guy) is written by Madame Monsieur.
Nice to see Emmanuel Moire and Chimène Badi, not really succesful today for say the truth.
Lautner, handsome guys !!
Others the others i don’t know them so can’t wait for the song !!!
1.30 of the songs will be out on 20th december, but already 3 songs are on youtube (Ugo, Mazy and Emmanuel ) on the 3, my favorite is the from Ugo.

Thomas
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Thomas

The only song of the three that are out now that I dont like is Emmanuel’s . Mazy and Ugo are amazing! How do you know about songwriters?

Thomas
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Thomas

Some songs are already out! Ugo Emmanuel and Mazy’s songs are all out. My personal look at the music makes me pumped! I think this will be a bloodbath, I think that France has a great selection on their hands.