In semi-final one, the international jurors sensationally awarded nil points to up-and-coming songstress Florina. And now, ahead of the second show, France 2 has revealed the next batch of foreign experts for Destination Eurovision 2019. There are a number of familiar faces, most notably recent Eurovision alums Mikolas Josef and Zoë.
Mikolas represented Czech Republic at the 2018 contest with “Lie To Me”. While in Lisbon, he overcame a back injury to deliver the central European nation its best ever result — 6th in the grand final. Since then, he’s gone on to release the hugely popular “Me Gusta”.
Zoë is a known Francophile with several chansons to her name. In fact, her Eurovision 2016 entry “Loin D’ici” was the only entry to be performed entirely in the French language in Stockholm — even though she was representing German-speaking Austria. She’s become a national final regular, playing a prominent role in San Marino’s 2018 selection process.
Another standout name is Sweden’s Christer Björkman. He sang for Sweden in 1992 and has overseen the country’s Melodifestivalen since 2002. He featured on the international panel for all three rounds of Destination Eurovision in 2018. The jury is completed by Natia Mshvenieradze and Anushik Ter-Ghukasyan, the heads of delegation for Georgia and Armenia respectively.
The jury will provide 50% of the overall score with the remainder coming from the public televote. Four out of nine acts will progress to join the semi one qualifiers in the final. Meanwhile, the Francophone panel of Christophe Willem, André Manoukian and Vitaa will provide critique but will have no sway on the result.
Destination Eurovision semi-final two will be broadcast at 21.00 CET on Saturday 19 January.
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