In June, France‘s Head of Delegation confirmed that France would use a national final to select its act for Eurovision 2021 — but it wouldn’t be Destination Eurovision. Now HoD Alexandra Redde-Amiel has revealed the name of the new contest: Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.
The name was confirmed in an interview with Redde-Amiel in Pure Médias, in which she discussed France Télévisions’ plans for future productions.
The name of the new national final essentially translates to Eurovision France: You Decide, evoking the former UK national final Eurovision: You Decide and Australia’s Eurovision: Australia Decides.
Redde-Amiel also confirmed that the show will be produced in-house and hosted in a French regional city and she revealed who will host the show:
“It will be a big event evening produced by France TV Studio. The idea is to shed light on Eurovision that evening. We will film this event in a large hall in a regional city and the evening will be hosted by [French Eurovision commentator] Stéphane Bern.”
The HoD was also asked why France 2 was returning to a national final format when they had previously dropped it and internally selected Tom Leeb for 2020. Redde-Amiel explained about the importance of bringing back the national final in the era of the pandemic:
“You have to look at it in context. Tom Leeb had been internally selected. Covid arrived and Eurovision was cancelled. Eurovision is one of our strongest brands. We couldn’t let our audience go another year without it. We talked about it with Tom and we decided to rally the public around this event by creating Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.”
France’s new direction
Back in June, Redde-Amiel also gave a few hints about the show’s format. She confirmed that the national final would involve a public vote, but was less clear about whether the show would also have a jury vote. She said, “The public will get the power of choice. Regarding the jury, everything is still open now.”
She also confirmed that the new national final would have a different format to Destination Eurovision. The old national final show had selected France’s Eurovision act for 2018 and 2019. It involved two semi-finals and a grand final, with all the competing acts internally selected by the broadcaster after liaising with record labels.
Applications for Eurovision France are currently open and will close on September 30.
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