As the weeks go by, information about the French selection method for Eurovision 2020 seems to grow a bit more precise. In recent weeks we’ve moved from uncertainty about the possible return of Destination Eurovision to the news that the next representative will be selected through a public selection. Now a French TV official has confirmed that big changes are coming.
French broadcaster France Télévisions recently welcomed a new Programmes Manager, Alexandra Redde-Amiel. In a recent interview with PureMedias, the new queen of TV spoke about her outlook on the event, including the possibility of an entirely brand new show.
“We’re thinking a lot internally and with the producer,” she said. “It’s very open, and we’re putting all the questions on the table. What is certain is that the show will come back. In what form and with what name, it’s not decided yet.”
One reason for this is because she’s currently focused on Junior Eurovision, which airs on France 2 on November 24.
Alexandra also suggested that winds are blowing her in the direction of a bigger show.
“Our desire is to make the Eurovision brand bigger. We cannot disappoint, because Eurovision has become an unmissable entertainment event for France 2 and our audience. The show has the best TV ratings of the year, and brings people of every age together. The broadcaster is doing everything to get closer to the podium.”
The two most recent Destination Eurovision winners have failed to reach the heights of internally selected acts like Amir (sixth place) or Alma (twelfth place).
In terms of other changes, French television host Daphé Bürki is rumoured to be in talks to host the national final, replacing French-Canadian singer Garou. But France 2 hasn’t yet arrived at that aspect of its evolving show.
“We still have no questions about hosting for the moment,” Alexandra said. “We’re focusing on the form.”
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