Tonight the grand final of Destination Eurovision 2019 will take place and France will decide who will go on to be their representative in Tel Aviv. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have been listening to the the eight competing entries and have ranked our top five. Allons-y!

Note: Silvàn Areg’s song title was changed from “Le petit Nicolas” to “Allez leur dire”. His semi-final performance is no longer available on YouTube.

Antony

1. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”

This act is such an absolute pleasure to watch. In a homage to the late great singer, the vocals are on point with a catchy chorus and not to mention that the singers give a truly captivating performance. It would represent France quite well if it did make it to Eurovision — potentially drawing attention away from more melancholic and slow songs that are bound to be there. So, go on France — have some fun!

2. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
3. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
4. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
5. Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”

William

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Some have called her the Monoprix version of Adele. I do not accept this. In reality there is great power in Seemone’s fragility. Vulnerability pours from her — along with sincere emotion. She isn’t delivering a pop performance. She’s looking through the camera and attempting to reach her father. This moves from song to a meditation on forgiveness and love. Her unique timbre, in which her voice almost seems broken, fits the mood and gravity of the song so well. At Eurovision the heart beats the head — and our girl sings straight from the heart.

2. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”
3. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
4. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”
5. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Barnabas

1. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”

It was a really tough decision to actually put someone first here, but in the end, Silván has it all for me. The charisma, the style, the flow, and the song is just so French that you could tell from the first minute where it is from. And there’s not too much more to say about it. It pulls me in and keeps me entertained until the end. Finally, while he’s not a favourite to win, who knows — can he be a dark horse and surprise everyone out of nowhere? I’d love see that!

2. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
3. Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”
4. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
5. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”

Bernardo

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

After I listened to Seemone’s song for the first time, my immediate thought was: are we, as Eurovision fans, so focused on finding  the perfect “Eurovision song” that we sometimes dismiss the quality of what is presented to us? Seemone embodies everything that could go unnoticed but does not. An effortless performer with an effortless message. Three minutes of non-Eurovision fabricated art. That’s what makes it special and for that it should win.

2. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
3. The Divas – “La Voix D’Aretha”
4. Chimene Badi – “La-haut”
5. Sylvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”

Antranig

1. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”

This is an extremely difficult set of songs to rank, both in terms of choosing a winner and choosing which three songs to leave out of the list altogether. Truth be told, all eight songs would make quality entries for France. Bilal’s song has all the makings of a pop anthem and shines brightest. Comparisons to Conchita are a bit premature but it is a strong entry. There is a lot of variety and quality in France and with this standard, Destination Eurovision is bound to produce a Eurovision winner before too long.

2. Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”
3. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
4. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
5. Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”

Izhar

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

This song was the last one I listened to on the list of Destination Eurovision. At that point, I was pretty sure that nothing could convince me to choose any song except for Bilal’s “Roi”. But then Seemone arrived. At once, I felt my heartbeats and there was nothing I could do except for listening to every word that she sang. I was captivated. Then I realised something — sometimes all it takes is a good singer who lets you feel your emotions. And this is exactly what happened to me when I listened to “Tous les deux”. Perhaps some people will argue that French ballads are less likely to succeed at Eurovision but I honestly believe that no one could stay indifferent to such a stunning artist. This can be a huge success in Tel Aviv. Bravo, Seemone!

2. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
3. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
4. Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”
5. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Kristin

1. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”

This is just so freakin’ enjoyable! A hardcore French chanson but with a modern twist, and I’m digging it from the bottom of my heart. The song formerly known as “Le petit Nicolas” might sound childish and ridiculous to some, but to me it sounds close to perfect. It has an upbeat sound, a melody that makes me want to dance along, memorable staging and Silván looks like he’s having the time of his life, which lifts this song up to an epic level. Also, I’d like to think he’s singing about the character from the brilliant children books which shaped my childhood and made me want to be a little rascal who went to a French boys school and get into all kinds of shenanigans.

2. Bilal Hassan – “Roi”
3. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”
4. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
5. Doutson – “Soi un bon fils”

Florian

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Seemone managed to pull me into her song on the very first listen. “Tous les deux” is a heartfelt ballad that shines through its honesty and simplicity. Her voice is different from what you usually hear around. With a set-up that transports the atmosphere of the song, this could end up as a frontrunner in Tel Aviv. The track combines the sound of vintage French chansons with contemporary music. The outcome is a song I am very happy to have discovered throughout the national selection.

2. Chimène Badi – “Lá-haut”
3. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
4. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
5. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”

Sebastian

1. Aysat – “Comme une grande” 

To be quite honest, all my favourite performers were left stranded in the semi-finals. But Aysat’s “Comme une grande” is a good representation of what I liked about the Gabriella’s, Mazy’s and Tracy Le Sa’s of this world — a high-energy, French chanteuse who knows how to get a crowd going. She’s in your face, she commands the stage like it’s nobody’s business and she has punchy choreography to match. Here’s hoping that the poor audio issues don’t persist to the grand final, so we can see what Aysat is truly made of.

2. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
3. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
4. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
5. Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”

Cinan

1. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”

This song has the message we all need. “I am me and I know I will always be”. This line is so inspiring and we have to say this to ourselves. “Roi” wasn’t my favourite at first, but when you listen to it more and go deeper, it has so much power. I’m sure if it wins Destination Eurovision, the track is going to do very well in Tel Aviv.

2. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
3. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”
4. Chimene Badi – “La-haut”
5. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Julian

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

To be honest, the song didn’t stand out in when first studio snippets of Destination Eurovision came out. It was a well-produced ballad but nothing more. Until her live performance, that is. I rarely felt so many emotions in one singer, in one voice, in one song. As I saw in Seemone’s eyes while she was singing, I completely lost myself in her emotions. At first, I wasn’t sure if such a song might get forgotten at Eurovision, but I’m confident it would NOT. With a staging like in the semi, “Tous les deux” definitely could be a dark horse.

2. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”
3. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
4. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”
5. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Lukas

1. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”

The more I watch this performance, the more I like it and The Divaz are bringing the heat. From all the mediocre vocals in this year’s competition, these three ladies are a pleasure to watch and listen to. From the start, they hook the listener in and keep the song moving along the entire three minutes. The staging is simple yet it works, but the most important thing here is the Divaz themselves with their amazing attitude and presence. I don‘t know how well this could do in Eurovision but as for now it is my favourite entry in France. I am even surprised myself!

2. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
3. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
4. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
5. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”

Luis

1. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

Judging from the semi-final result, Destination Eurovision is a two-horse race and Aysat isn’t particularly leading after the televote placed her last. But hey, that’s exactly what “Comme une grande” is about: overcoming difficulties and slaying your way to success just like this reine does. This song’s mysterious and subtle beginning is only a warning of what’s to come: a bop of colossal dimensions sung by someone with a striking stage presence. Aysat ain’t comme une grande, she is a grande.

2. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
3. Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”
4. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
5. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”

Natalie

1. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

I really like this selection from France. The French have done really well lately, but they always have trouble making their songs memorable and accessible. Aysat beautifully mixes from sucré French goodness with a modern pop bang. She has an infectious charisma too that I very much doubt will be lost on the European audiences ready to dance. This will impress the Francophiles and the excited Eurofans alike.

2. Chimène Badi – “Là-haut”
3. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
4. Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”
5. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Oliver

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Seemone’s “Tous les deux” might not be the type of song that I usually listen to, nor the type of song which comes to mind when one thinks of Eurovision. However, it was the only song which captivated my attention for the entire duration. It might not be explosive and loud but there is something enchanting about Seemone’s voice and the song as a whole. The slight vocal imperfections and creaks add to the emotion of the song, showing how deeply she connects with the song on a personal level. It’s a beautiful song which is true to herself and would definitely represent the French well in Israel.

2. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”
3. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
4. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
5. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”

Robyn

1. Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”

Every now and then I check out what’s trending in the French pop charts and most of the time it’s music of this genre: post-Stromae rap. It blends that African guitar sound with modern rap, while Doutson can effortlessly slide into the sung chorus without need for a guest vocalist. The song takes a while to get going, but once it gets going, it’s a sophisticated and highly enjoyable slice of French pop.

2. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”
3. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
4. Aysat – “Comme une grande”
5. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”

Pablo

1. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

It might be a done race, but whatever happens, I’ve still got to give it to the song that had me quite literally scream when I heard its snippet. Aysat has, to date, the only song that has been a perfect 10/10 in my books on this national final season. Modern, punchy, rhythmic and with a strong identity, it’s everything I asked for. Even if slim, I still hold a sliver of hope Aysat improves and turns it out on a sound issue-free final. This song would absolutely RATTLE Tel Aviv, what needs to work is everything else.

2. Silvàn Areg – “Allez leur dire”
3. Bilal Hassani – “Roi”
4. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
5. Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”

What do you think? Which is your favourite Destination Eurovision finalist? Who should represent France in Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!

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Benny
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Benny

I mean the leading two performances just lack something; one does not have a very competitive song and the other one is missing something in the staging. So why not we give Aysat a chance? Cuz she will slay after she gets her mic fixed!!!!

Apple
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Apple

I completely agree! But the televote is just not supporting her which is unfair ;-;

Joseph
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Joseph

If first is 5 points, 2nd is 4 points and so on:
Seemone 57 points (1st)
Doutson 12 points (8th)
Aysat 43 points (3rd)
Bilal 44 points (2nd)
Emmanuel 18 points (7th)
Chimène 24 points (6th)
Les Divaz 25 points (5th)
Silvan 27 points (4th)
Tbh I wouldn’t mind if the results were these cos Seemone beats Bilal

Bahog Bilal Hassani
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Bahog Bilal Hassani

I cannot imagine Bilal doing well in the Eurovision final. Judging the semi final performance, I think it needs much polishing. Unless we’ll be proven wrong tonight even though I am still down with Seemone, The Divaz, or Emmanuel winning this.

AngieP
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AngieP

Seemone hands down! Pure emotion, amazing voice! I still remember when I watched her semi final performance, I was so amazed I didn’t even get when the song ended. This is magic!!

Thanos
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Thanos

I don’t know why but I have a feeling that we will have a surprise winner tonight. Perhaps it will be Emmanuel

Evan
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Evan

My favorite – BY FAR – is “La Voix d’Aretha.” It had the most professional staging (though I enjoyed the scrappiness of Silvan’s too) and the song has a forward momentum that makes me wanna boogie.

(Bernardo’s write-up for “Tous Les Deux” is beautiful, though!)

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Here’s Bilal singing in the radio France Inter on Tuesday:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDMhsZIEjQA
It’s better than during SF 1, but still needs improvement, if Bilal will actually go to Eurovision.
And here’s Aysat with acoustic version of the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_shi6tpW-lM
It makes me actually believe, that what we heard two weeks ago was sounding’s fault.

James
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James

I want to be surprised tonight so I’m hoping for an upset like what happened last year. 🙂

sakis88
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SEEMONE ET EMMANUEL MOIRE

sakis88
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seemone a fond et emmanuel moire

Héctor
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Héctor

Seemone for the win! Don’t make the wrong choice France. My top 5:

1. Seemone – “Tous les deux”
2. Emmanuel Moire – “La promesse”
3. Doutson – “Sois un bon fils”
4. The Divaz – “La voix d’Aretha”
5. Aysat – “Comme une grande”

The truth
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The truth

For me Bilal is the worst of them. Weak song and avarage vocals. The only reason he/she wins with the odds is the image and all the story behind completely not related to what the most important should be -music. Putting ROI before Chimene or Seemone would be a disaster.

Miguel
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Miguel

I love “Comme une grande” by Aysat

SO CATCHY!!!! Reminds me of Stromae

Bonne chance!!!!

Anita
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Anita

For me it is: Seemone – “Tous les deux”

Idksmth
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Idksmth

WOW, mine and Florian’s top 5 are exactly the same. SEEMONE FOR THE WIN!

R
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R

La Voix d’Aretha or Allez Leur Dire, s’il vous plait France! :O

Lola
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Lola

I would really love for Seemone to win! But my only concern is the final: if Romania decides to send Laura with ‘dear father’ and it reaches the final, they will eventually ‘steal’ points from each other and neither one could win.. That would be so sad because they are in my top 3 at the moment! If Seemone does not win, I would be happy with The Divaz as well, they surprised me and are amazing!! Sorry to say, but Bilal just doesn’t do it for me… Anyway, I will enjoy a nice show tonight 🙂

Giles
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Giles

We have a selection with two or three voices,some good singers, some good songs and some average songs, but I don’t think we have a winning song for Eurovision.And here, we have a clear case of “Who should win and who will win?”. That being said, I’m hoping for a surprise.We all know that Bilal is the favourite for tonight’s final, but I hope that people will be seduced by the act which, to me, ticks all the boxes, and by saying that, I mean Sylvan Areg and “Allez leur dire”. It sounds French, he has fun on stage, he… Read more »

Maxim
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Maxim

I think that Bilal will win, and that’s ok to me. I like his song and continue to think he’s a wonderful person. However, I like Seemone’s song too and I hope she’ll get the ticket to Tel Aviv, but it will be hard for her: Bilal has got a lot of fans, and, sadly, Seemone didn’t win the jury’s vote in her semi-final…

As I said in an earlier post: I, personally, doubt whether France will finish in the top 10. Bilal and Seemone impress me, but they don’t “blow me away” like other performers did in Eurovision.

PP77
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PP77

Seemone win maximum poits from juries 60 points more than winner from first semi Bilal. She lost televote in her semi, she was 2nd and Emmanuele won televote in second semi, in first Bilal.

Maxim
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Maxim

Whoops my bad! She lost the televote instead of the jury’s vote!

Jo.
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Jo.

My top 3:
1. Seemone
2. The Divaz
3. Silvàn Areg

My Prediction:
1. Bilal
2. Seemone
3. Emmanuel

PP77
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PP77

My TOP 8
1.Chimene
2.Emmanuele
3.Bilal
4.Aysat
5.The Divaz
6.Silvan
7.Seemone
8.Doutson

I Think TOP 8 will be
1.Bilal ( 1st with televote, 2 nd with juries)
2.Seemone ( 4rd with televote, 1st with juries)
3.Emmanule (2nd with televote, 4th with juries)
4.Chimene (3rd with televote , 5th with juries)
5.Aysat ( 8th with televote, 3rd with juries)
6.Silvan (5th with televote, 7th with juries)
7.The Divaz (6th with televote, 6th with juries)
8.Doutson (7th with televote, 8th with juries)

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Based on what’s happened, have to believe it’s between Bilal and Seemone.

Jo.
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Jo.

yeah, I don’t see anyone else winning.

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

Anyone but Bilal please

oli
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oli

Emmanuel for me, it’s the most original song without being too much. Balil’s song, sorry, too bland for Eurovision, zero impact. Simone would be great as well, nice touching ballad. However, I have the feeling that France will surprise tonight, and the Arethas will win. LOL

Loin dici
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Loin dici

But, but, Balil Hissina is amazing!!!1!11!

PP77
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PP77

If we look for surprise I see Aysat as dark horses winner not The Divaz.

denny
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denny

This is the opposite of Moldova.
France = great, brilliant selection, that will pick the wrong song.
Moldova = awful, tragic selection, that will pick the right song.

WhiteSox
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WhiteSox

I’m french and I think you’re right. 🙁

AndersP
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AndersP

I think considering Bilal is about 3million views ahead on YouTube than the next song it’s safe to say he’s going to win tonight – but the whole package for me feels contrived. Clearly Seemone is connecting with lots of people, but it just doesn’t do it for me, on an emotional level or on a chanson français level – I assure you I have a heart, it’s just not missing a beat for this one. Aysat is the song I keep skipping back on to listen again, and whilst I’d written them off as a fromage-fest before last week,… Read more »

James
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James

That is if those views can translate to actual televotes. His fans need to turn up to vote because they can’t sit and expect the win to just be handed to him. With none of the earlier international jurors coming back for the final, those points he got from his semi won’t be coming back anytime soon.

DyGh
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DyGh

I hope they change the staging a bit, just like last year. Especially for those favourites it would be interesting what else could work for them. Maybe we have an outsider winning it all, also just like last year.
Hyperfavourite Bilal would fail (like Lisandro).
Second favourite Seemone gets ignored (like Emmy).
Then who would be the outsider…?

PP77
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PP77

Aysat

Please
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Please

Let’s hope so! If not, I think Chimène could take it. Overall this is a bunch of super well produced songs, all of which would make a big impact in Tel Aviv.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

Chimene. Her televote will be great, jury will learn from their mistakes if any of them search for Destination Eurovision and see how much the jury hate their decisions. Plus, it’ll be a bigger demographic voting in both. If not Seemone or Bilal, then I think it is Chimene.

Rotessa
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Rotessa

Seemone or Silvan to me :)) Love these two

up!
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up!

For me, it’s a choice between Seemone, Chimène and Silvan. But of course, we are talking about an already decided result… Bilal will win with a big margin, I’m sure. Which is not a bad thing, since he seems to be a nice person who is able to pull off a good performance, but in the end, the melody of the song is a little too forgettable for my taste and his vocals during the first semi were surprisingly weak. So no Conchita-vibes for me here…

Valentino
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Valentino

…an already decided result… Why? Just because the local medias have been giving him more coverage? The international juries won’t be biased or even be aware of that! And for the televote, don’t think it will be only his fans voting!

Hermès
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Hermès

The international juries have put him 1st too in his semi… so they agree with the public..

James
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James

*jury.

The jurors from his semi won’t be coming back in the final. So everything will start from scratch.

NickC
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NickC

What a refined taste!

denny
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denny

Not a good feeling here. France will regret it didn’t let Edoardo Grassi to hand-pick his favorite.

Vince
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Vince

he’s favorite was already bilal so… whatever it would chzenge nothing.
Plus he actually begins the process for this season 2: he is the one to blame if you dont like it,

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Overall results of Wiwi Jury (with points 1-5):
1. Seemone -Tous les deux, 57 p.
2. Bilal Hassani – Roi, 44 p.
3. Aysat – Comme une grande, 38 p.
4. The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha, 30 p.
5. Silvan Areg – Allez leur dire, 27 p.
6. Chimene Badi – La-haut, 27 p.
7. Emmanuel Moire – La promesse, 24 p.
8. Doutson – Soi un bon fils, 12 p.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Correction: Aysat – Comme une grande, 43 p.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Correction: Chimene 24 p., Emmanuel 18 p.

Hermès
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Hermès

Thanks that’s awesome!! And I’m even happier given that’s my own top 5 in almost exact ranking order (I still put Bilal first by an inch over Seemone) but I’m so glad Aysat gets the support she deserves!!

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Thank you, I just like counting. Yeah, Aysat is amazing on stage, I hope the viewers will give her a little bit more points.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

So the tally would be:
Divaz : 2
Seemone : 6
Aysat : 4
Bilal : 2
Silvan : 2
Doutson : 1

Wish all of them good luck, each song has their own strength to survive in Tel Aviv 2019!

Ohi
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Ohi

I think the best song is aysat and then following on from that the divas are the most fun to watch but I think Bilal will actually win and seemone will come second or vice versa

Joseph
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Joseph

Seemone needs to win. End of.

zzxxz
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zzxxz

Seemone!!

Mako
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Mako

Seemone or the Divaz for me 🙂

Bonne chance la France !

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I can’t support Bilal anymore…
Roi is a good song and Bilal is a great performer but his vocals are weak…
For me, Tous Les Deux is the definite winner of DE
Such a brautiful song performed by an amazing artist, Seemone will make French people proud no matter the result

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Là-haut is another favourite of mine as well but I prefer Tous Les Deux :3

Valentino
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Valentino

But his vocals were pretty good here https://youtu.be/d0Tc5UQ3Rio?t=258

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Not enough for a song like Roi if you ask me
Anyway I’ll wish him the best of luck and we’ll see his performance tonight 🙂

Tom
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Tom

Seemone or Silvan !!!

Colin
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Colin

The French can be proud of their entire selection! They are the only ones to which I gave a 100% approval rate, which means that all songs are rated with at least a 6. Any among these 8 would make at least a decent representative. On a personal base, Seemone and Silvan would be my absolute favorites. Her song is so deep and touching and his is so interesting and quirky. Neither of them would be repeating the same pattern from previous years. Personal list and rating (acts like Florina, Battista, Ugo and Gabriella would be very high up the… Read more »

Tonton Fée
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Tonton Fée

Hey Wiwibloggs wake up !!!!
Bilal will surprise tonight.
I m agree with Cinan.
Enjoy 😉

Eurovisionfan12
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Eurovisionfan12

How would he “surprise”? He’s one of the favourites to win lmao

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

My favorite is Seemone here. But I think that Bilal will win.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I second this