The search for France’s next Eurovision act is about to reach its climax. With another four acts qualifying from the second semi-final on Saturday, the line-up is now complete. There are 8 acts in the grand final of Destination Eurovision fighting for the ticket to Tel Aviv. But who will earn the right to call themselves the successor of Madame Monsieur?

Eight acts managed to gather enough points from both international juries as well as the French public to advance to the grand final. Can Semi-Final 1 winner Bilal Hassani live up to his song title “Roi” and emerge as France’s Destination Eurovision king? Or will Semi-Final 2 winner Seemone have us seeing her in Tel Aviv? Or could one of the semi-final runners-up — that’s Chimene Badi or Emmanuel Moire — take this in the end? We’re ready for a tense final…why don’t you just check out all the songs for yourself and then vote in our poll?

Destination Eurovision 2019: Grand Final

The grand final includes Bilal Hassani, Chimène Badi, Silvàn Areg, Aysat, Seemone, Emmanuel Moire, The Divaz, and Doutson.

Below you can listen to all of their clips. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many songs as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. Be sure to click next to the acts you would like to see in Tel Aviv before pressing submit.

Bilal Hassani – “Roi”

Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”

Silvàn Areg – “Le petit Nicolas”

Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”

The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”

Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”

Who should win the grand final of Destination Eurovision?

Semi-Final 2: Reaction and show review

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fblhH1lM5XM&t=
predictions for final of Destination Eurovision.

Bry
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Bry
Stephanie
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Bilal’s fans can spam and hijack all the polls they want, but at the end of the day it’s what happens on stage in those three minutes that really count. The song I feel that could give France success at Eurovision is Seemone’s because it’s simple, she can sing live, and it makes you feel something deep inside you. Yes, I know it’s another song about a father-child relationship, but what person doesn’t have the same strong feelings and emotional connection to their fathers? Bilal’s song never connected with me like Seemone’s did and it’s practically the same clichés that… Read more »

Mike Soto
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Mike Soto

In case the winner of Destination Eurovision wins the contest in May, France’s largest arena is located in the Bercy district of Paris. The next largest facility is the Sud de France arena in Montpellier, followed by the Olympic Ice Center in Grenoble, where Peggy Fleming gave Team USA their only gold medal of the 1968 Winter Games.

Pancake
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Pancake

If not Bilal or Seemone, France should instead send Silvàn or The Divaz.

toitoto
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toitoto

Agree with Sylvan , not with the Divaz because “La Voix d’Aretha” is so unoriginal (great voice but unoriginal song). Sylvan Areg is original and would stand out. He is on my top 3 between Seemone (1st) and Bilal (3rd)

Kat
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Kat

Sylvan’s song is SUCH a delight and the staging is so fun and clever and creative – I’m hoping against all hope that France sends this and brings some fun to Eurovision! I don’t think any of the songs will necessarily win the contest, so why not have fun and show something neat and different to the stage? 🙂

toitoto
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toitoto

I hope people dont trust this poll. Bilal and his superfans have shared the poll on Twitter so superfans vote several times. The real winner actually is Seemone

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This poll result is looking rather one-sided at the moment.

Candy
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Candy

Roi is boring and as generic as it can get. I think Bilal should return in a few years with more experience, more confidence and above all, a far better song. For this year, France should try something different and send Silvàn to Tel Aviv.

Evan
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Evan

ALLEZ LES DIVAZ! Chantez la voix d’Aretha!

Their entry had the most polish and is so, so, so fun.

Mark
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Mark

Nothing against Bilal, but “Roi” is so cringe.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I am happy with any of these winning, to be honest. France can’t really go wrong here. There’s something there for everyone.
I am a personal fan of Emmanuel, but I love Bilal’s vibe and Seemone’s emotion. Then there are the power voices: Chimène and Les Divas – respect for them. For “contemporary”, go for Doutson and Aysat, whereas for the most quirky, read Silvàn. That’s literally everyone. Bonne chance.

Stfu haters
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Y’all need to stop hatin on bilal his performance was obviously the best and a million times better then seeboring who will FLOP if she is sent to Tel Aviv and another thing if someone comes on her expressing their support for bilal they get so my vote downs. Y’all need to stop. Bilal is the best

Stfu haters
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Watch this get so many downvotes btw

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Yeah, you will, professional troll.

DyGh
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DyGh

Bilal has a nice voice and a good song which suits the ESC slogan “Dare to Dream” because of the lyrics (“quand je rêve je suis un roi = when I dream I’m a king”) but Seemone has an amazing voice and her song is very “french” and touching even if you don’t understand.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Indeed. ‘Roi’ has an attitude and a sleek production, while ‘Tous les Deux’ has emotions and stripped down performance.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

certainly France wont be in my top 10 this year…unfortunately

Sreya
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Sreya

Bilal has to win

Here’s My Name
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Here’s My Name

Funny how everyones saying seeboring will place top 3 or win in May. Same thing everyone said about Mercy. Yikes, I smell a big fat FLOP incoming.

Yo
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Yo

Agreed. I think bilal is b year the best though

Polegend Godgarina
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The Divaz in my dreams, Bilal if they want to risk (the song isn’t memorable but his look definitely is).

Elena
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Elena

The divaz have the best and most memorable performance in my opnion. Also their voices are amazing??? And bilal does nothing for me live sorry

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I want Seemone to win. I was deeply moved by her performance and I love that her song sounds super French, but at the same time can reach people from different backgrounds. Chimène, Silván, The Divaz and Emmanuel would be pretty decent acts for Eurovision, though I believe the later one should tone down all that choreography. I don’t think it would be a disaster if Bilal gets the ticket to Tel Aviv, because there’s still a lot they can do to improve his entry. But I feel that picking him would be putting style over substance.

NickC
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NickC

Well said. Agree 100 %

Am.casablancas
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Am.casablancas

To me it’s seemone, from the beginning it captivated me deeply and I see this as a potential contender for the winning spot at France, esc, I’m not sure. I get the buzz around Bilal, and he did really well both with TV and JV, but I can’t ignore that most of the buzz around it had to do with his looks and the reminiscences to Conchita. He is a good singer and also a contender at both France’s NF and ESC. What I don’t get is “La promesse”, sure he performs well and he sings great but his song… Read more »

CyxCy
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CyxCy

I think the winner will be Chimène, Emmanuel or Bilal. Unlike last year when I was sure from the start that Madame Monsieur would go to Lisbon, I think this time everything is possible and the scores will be tight. We’ll see, I hope we’ll have a good surprise. My favorite top : 1 – Chimène Badi « Là-haut » 2 – Emmanuel Moire « La promesse » 3 – Bilal Hassani « Roi » 4 – Silvan Areg « Le petit Nicholas » 5 – The Divaz « La voix d’Aretha » 6 – Doutson « Sois un bon… Read more »

Am.casablancas
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Am.casablancas

I don’t get where you get Chimene is a possible contestant, her scenario was amazing but the song is super trashy and her vocals unimpressive. The real fight is among Seemone, Emmanuel and Bilal. Sometimes is hard to recognize it is not your top 3 the one you’ll look, just like I did with my initial placing of “La Promesse” which I thought was easily the worst ballad, hence me personally giving this a 17th place

CyxCy
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CyxCy

Unimpressive? Seriously? The only ones that can compete with Chimene in terms of quality and range of voice is The Divaz. Emmanuel has a very beautiful voice, but not so full. Bilal is not yet “mature” in his voice, but if he works well, it will be much better in the years to come. Seemone not only has no voice, but moreover she has made the most horrible false note I have heard among all this year’s candidates. Thank you but NEXT.

JohnBoo
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JohnBoo

Sorry, but It’s not possible for Chimène and Emmanuel Moire too. Compare televotes and jury. Chimène: Beaten by Bilal in televote, low in jury vote. It’s only between Bilal and Bilal and maybe Seemone but if Bilal fan’s have still some phone credits, it will be a no match. especially if Chimène and Emmanuel’s fans don’t report their vote to the only other contender able to win in both votes. To be honest, this NF is a pure farce when you know that there isn’t any limit for the number of votes per phone number. Only the TV broadcaster and… Read more »

CyxCy
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CyxCy

Except that Bilal will have fewer votes in the final, and it will not even be related to his performance. The same evening, on the main competing TV channel, there is the return of “Qui veut gagner des millions” (French adaptation of “Who wants to be a millionaire”) with a host that teens love. If the teenagers watch the other channel, they will totally forget to vote. The usual audience of France 2, who is rather old and not a specialist in Eurovision will vote for someone he knows: so Chimène or Emmanuel. For this audience it’s just one show… Read more »

rtikdd
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rtikdd

I don’t mind Bilal representing France, but guys, c’mon…the boy can’t sing…the song is quite good, but he doesn’t sing it well…let’s face it

JingleBells
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JingleBells

Yeah, I agree. The song isn’t that bad (nothing special and impresive tho, especially the poor lyrics) but he really isn’t a talented singer 🙁

AngieP
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AngieP

For me it’s clearly Seemone! Great voice, beautiful song, bery french but modern at the same time, intimate, true, with touching lyrics! I don’t know if this can win Eurovision because the competition will be tough and you never know with France. They haven’t won since 1977, But I think it’s the only song they can be proud of wherever it places in the grand final. I so want France to win for a couple of years now and I’d love to see them win with this. Nevetheless, I’d say it can reach the top 10 in May.

Apple
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Apple

Seemone should win for a few reasons. Her song, while simple, is very memorable and impactful. She puts a lot of emotion into her performance, and while people have compared her to Blanche recently, she isn’t stiff or timid on stage. Seemone has an authenticity to her performance, and her voice has this unique quality that adds to it all. Roi feels very authentic to Bilal as well, don’t get me wrong, but in my opinion, he is putting the song into himself, whereas Seemone is putting herself into the song. I still expect Bilal will probably win, but if… Read more »

ESCalator
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ESCalator

The song is boring and no one wants a weak Adele copy-cat when we have the amazing real-deal Adele.

JustAnotherFan
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JustAnotherFan

At this point I’ll support France with either Seemone or Bilal, even with other options, after listening to all the qualifiers I can see what people likes of every song, and I’m glad people are supporting the songs which they feel more connected to, either because of emotion or because of joy

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

Im officially in love with Emmnuel :))
don’t think he will win , but hope dies last…lol

ESCalator
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ESCalator

Seemone is like Adele, but without a voice. It’s like putting real Adele under a glass dome. LOL

She even copied her visual style (hair, makeup and clothes), which is quite pathetic.

Popyy
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Popyy

I don’t like any of the song but Seemone’s song is way too sleepy for me, so I vote for Roi to win. At least he got some choreography.

Whatever
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Whatever

This is a battle between bilal and seemone obviously. Bilal is just trying to be a conchita rip off minus the good voice. Seemone on the other hand is the full package. This will be close

LukeGallagher
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LukeGallagher

Can only see The Divaz being able to get France a goodish result to be honest… I think everything else could just fall flat in the grand scheme of things!

Nata
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Nata

Dear Wiwibloggers,

Would someone please be so kind to tell me why my comment has been removed?

Thank you

dutchie
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dutchie

I’ve heard both Bilal’s and Seemone’s song twice: once in the studio version, once live. I can’t remember a single word or a single note from Bilal’s song, whereas Tous les deux has stuck with me. It’s just the better song and the better singer. The only reason for Bilal to win would be him as person, but that’s not what this competition is about.

Bry
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Bry

Dans sa chanson il y a des phrases simples à retenir

Luc
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Luc

Bilal’s song: Je suis free oui You cannot change me Boo! And i know o-o-ow Even now o-o-ow Chorus: I’m not rich but i’m shining bright x 2 I can’t see my kingdom now x 2 Quand je rêve je suis un Roi x 3 (In my dream, I am a king) ——————————- Seemone’s song: Hold me close to you So that we remember The moments we had So that it all comes back to us. I can see so much love in your eyes When it is just the two of us Why wouldn’t you take me in your… Read more »

Giles
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Giles

Whose performance could go straight to Tel Aviv ? Sylvan Areg’s.
Who is ready, has got a great voice, is a well-known singer but has got a song which needs some tweaks? Chimène Badi.
Who has got a beautiful voice, a very emotional song but needs a different staging? Seemone.
Who has got an OK song with a large fan base and is said to improve his performance? Bilal Hassani.
Who is doing their best to win? All of them.
Who seems to be at ease? Chimène and Sylvan.
My heart says Sylvan, Chimène or Seemone but my head says Bilal.

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Tous les deux is pure quality. I was first worried it’s too traditional, but I think it could work. It has references to a French chanson but in a modern wrapping.

Bry
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Bry

Vous avez quoi contre bilal? Juste parce que il est différents ? Ça vous gêne?

toitoto
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toitoto

Je n’ai rien contre lui personnellement. J’apprécie sa personnalté même. Je suis juste agacé par sa fanbase qui en fait trop à propos de lui. Sa chanson est surcotée par rapport à son potentiel réel à l’Eurovision. Je suis convaincu à 1000% que si c’était un autre participant qui avait eu la même chanson, les mêmes fans de Bilal diraient que c’est mauvais. Bien sur , “Roi” reste l’une des meilleures chansons de la sélection sans aucun doute mais ce n’est pas LA meilleure. Quand je vois certains sur twitter dire qu’ils ont fait du hors forfait pour voter pour… Read more »

Luc
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Luc

Caricature du fan de Bilal dans une conversation: “- Trop top sa chanson. Sa parle d’amour, de tolerance et touti. The best chanson ever. Il va tout déchirer et gagner l’Eurovision c’est trop sûr !” “- Heu moi je n’aime pas” “- Ouais, t’aime pas parce qu’il est homo. T’es un p*** d’homophobe” Noter “je prone la tolérance et l’amour. Peace and love” mais je déglingue à coup d’insultes dès que ça ne me convient pas. Cf sur Youtube et Twitter ou “Ouais j’ai trop kiffé, j’ai dépensé tout mon forfait pour Bilal mon Roi”. S’il se casse la gueule… Read more »

Bry
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Bry

Pas clos désolé. Pour Chimène Emmanuel ils ont voté en max aussi car ils sont connu. De tout façon sois c’est l’émotion qui va remporter ou un beau message si il foire le live il pourra dire adieu

Lolek
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Lolek

Comme les deux autres ont dit. Je trouve qu’on est vraiment entrain de « overhype » sa chanson. Il a bcp de fan en France et c’est bien pour lui vue que ça va l’aider à DE mais je t’assure qu’il est quasiment inconnu à l’extérieur. C’est devenu très évidant que la plupart des gens ont voté pour des artistes/personnes très connus (Chimène, Moire et Bilal) au détriment des autres artistes moins connus mais avec des chansons fantastiques. Roi n’est pas terrible mais dans le context de l’Eurovision ce n’est pas une chanson très unique ou marquante. Les personnes qui sont des… Read more »

Hope
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Hope

Pas dans mes habitudes de commenter sur wiwibloggs, encore moins en français. Mais je me permets de te répondre. Sache que la communauté de l’Eurovision est loin d’être la moins gay friendly. Donc c’est pas une question de différence. On en est à un tel point qu’on est nombreux à n’en n’avoir a rien à faire. Tout ce qu’on veut, c’est faire un bon classement en mai. Et désolé mais un beau message ne suffit pas pour faire une bonne chanson. “Roi” n’est en soit pas mauvais. Juste que la chanson semble faible sur bien des points : la mélodie… Read more »

Thanos
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Thanos

I just heard all of the songs and here is my opinion: 8. Aysat: The song is plain mediocre and I don’t like the performance either. 7. Doutson: Happy song but it doesn’t make wanna vote. 6. Bilal Hassani: Honestly, I can’t really get the hype around this one. Ordinary, mediocre pop song with nothing to separate it from the bunch. 5. The Divaz: the girls have amazing voices but the song isn’t good. Also what the heck are they wearing? 4. Silvan Areg: Happy song great performance and good graphics. It wouldn’t do well in ESC though. 3. Emmanuel… Read more »

Bry
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Bry

C’est un ensemble je pense pour bilal beaucoup artiste le soutiens il a étais victime de violence verbale et physique car il fais des vidéos en perruque il comprend pas toute cet haine. La première prestation étais naze à cause problème de son et pas de retour. Tout va ce jouer en direct entre bilal et seemone . Que le meilleur gagne . Il faut juger la chanson pas sa personnalité

toitoto
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toitoto

Bilal fans are coming

Lolek
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Lolek

Sure enough. Seemone had double the score of Bilal. Now out of the blue he surpasses her x2. Predictable.

ovelha
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ovelha

Seemone, Silvàn, Chimène and Aysat are my favourites. Although I really love Tous les deux and I quite like Roi, I would love to see Silvàn, Aysat or even The Divaz winning to see something more unique or a bit different than the usual. (Gabriella will be missed. Meh.)

Anna
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Anna

And here comes the Bilal fanboys. -_-

Bry
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Bry

Bilal for me. He is very crazy. Its showman yeahh

Love Bilal
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Love Bilal

Bilal Hassani????

Egle
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Egle

I actually liked The Divaz. They should change their costumes, but they can sing and have a good song. There are participants who have just one of these. Like Bilal, I love his song and the message, but his voice is not strong enough and I think he is too young for this song. He just seems to be below his song. Seemone is good singer and her song is kinda universal, but some things disturb me, for example repeating papa-papa and I also didn’t like the staging, especially lighting. I think Bilal will win, and it would be deserved,… Read more »

Ric
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Ric

I think Seemone would be the best choice…would she win Eurovision? Dont Think so but it would be a Song to be proud of. I respesct the message and the attitude of Bilal but eventually I feel like Seemone is more ready and has a slightly more particular and touching package to offer

romanian
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romanian

To win ESC it depends on the year. Jamala was about “hate Russia” year, Netta was about “me too” year. We never know. France can win with an non-political song.

Apple
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Apple

I don’t think that’s really true? Those things helped Jamala and Netta for sure, but I don’t think they’re the main reason they won. Both of them had very different, unique entries in their years. Netta had so much personality and Jamala was full of authenticity

Love Bilal
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Love Bilal

Bilal Hassani???

Dani
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Dani

Seemone smells like an Eurovision Winner. SorryNotSorry.

romanian
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romanian

1000 likes for you.

AngieP
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AngieP

Paris 2020!

Bob
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Bob

Did you smell her yourself?

Nata
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Nata

Based on the semi-final results and the fan reception, I’d be very much ( but also pleasantly) surprised if someone else than Seemone or Bilal wins. But honestly, I don’t get why their songs are so popular. Roi is nothing special, it’s quite bland and Bilal’s voice isn’t great. The message is great of course, but the message is only part of the song. Tous les deux is even worse. Although I love Seemone’s voice, I don’t like the song at all. The lyrics are just so incredibly uncreative, and so repetitive. I know it should be an emotional song,… Read more »

romanian
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romanian

France, vote for Seemone, this is what Europe wants from you, don’t ignore her like you did with Noee. If you want to do well in ESC you must also think about what Europe thinks when it thinks about France. Seemone is the answer, she is France and what people know about your culture.

Gio
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Gio

I’m surprised myself that I am supporting a ballad in a national selection but I just love “Tous les deux”. 😛