For the past two years, France has left internal selection in favour of a public vote through the Destination Eurovision national final. While broadcaster France 2 still has not confirmed if a 2020 edition will be produced, there is a hint that planning is underway. In a recent interview with TV Télé Loisirs magazine, French semi-finals commentator Sandy Héribert suggested that fans will see a return of Destination Eurovision.
Early this year, Bilal Hassani won the second edition of Destination Eurovision, broadcast by France Télévisions. The show was hosted by the French-Canadian singer Garou, while the green room welcomed a new host, anglo-French TV presenter Sandy Héribert.
Sandy recently spoke with TV Télé Loisirs magazine ahead of Junior Eurovision 2019, but she also chatted about her future plans involving the Eurovision Song Contest:
“With France 2, we are talking about future plans, and my involvement in the new season of Destination Eurovision, but also the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 (…) The general direction of France 2 is to have me as the face of the Eurovision Song Contest in France.”
The comment implies a possible return of Destination Eurovision in 2020. In previous years, the show has taken place in January.
But if France 2 will again use its national final, it is so far keeping quiet. In previous years, Destination Eurovision has been confirmed in the summer.
Back in 2018, the entry submission period was from June to November and was open to both established artists and newcomers. This year, France 2 hasn’t even confirmed if the contest will be held, let alone publish the entry rules.
The silence could suggest there may be changes to the format. Despite the fan enthusiasm for Destination Eurovision, the two national final winners have not scored as well at Eurovision as the two acts internally selected in the two previous years.
According to earlier rumours from popular French talk show TPMP (Touche Pas à Mon Poste), Destination Eurovision could be shortened to a one-night show. As well, French television host Daphné Bürki is rumoured to be in talks as the new host of the national final, replacing Garou.
If France 2 does revamp Destination Eurovision, they will be in good company. This season, the Spanish and British broadcasters have ditched their national finals, in favour of internal selection, while Lithuania’s broadcaster will be revamping its national final and Norway is expanding to include five semi-finals.
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