During the French delegation’s last press conference before leaving for Rotterdam, the head of the delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel celebrated the success of the national final and confirmed that Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez would return in 2022.
And now France Télévisions has officially opened the submissions and registration process for the next edition of its selection. Aspiring candidates will be able to submit an application from 21 June 2021 until 24 October 2021. The rules stipulate that, among other things, you must be at least 16 years old, and that the songs and compositions entered must be mainly in French and/or regional languages, including those spoken in France’s overseas territories and departments. That means Reunionese, Shimaore, Futunan, Nengone, Guianan Creole and other tongues are welcome.
As in the previous call for applications, the first phase of the casting will lead to a physical audition for an undetermined number of candidates. They’ll perform live on a Parisian theatre in front of the entire French delegation led by Alexandra Redde-Amiel.
The purpose of this intermediate selection is to determine the 12 candidates who will compete in the Eurovision France selection, where the public will select its representative during a live broadcast.
In 2021, the French HoD sought to present a wide-range of acts that cut across style and genre and who, collectively, represented the current French musical landscape.
Eurovision France 2022: C’est vous qui décidez
The summer won’t be easy for French broadcaster France Télévisions. First, it has the immediate challenge of planning Junior Eurovision, which it will host in Paris this December. And, most relevant to our current discussion, they need to find a new representative who can match or even surpass Barbara Pravi’s Eurovision result — a silver medal that marks the country’s best finish in over thirty years. That takes poise, prowess, voice and more. Mon dieu!
The ambition and resolve are clearly there. Prior to Eurovision, at a press conference devoted to Barbara Pravi, France Télévisions welcomed the very promising ratings of Eurovision France and confirmed the broadcaster’s desire to make Eurovision its flagship programme.
The group’s management promised to maintain and renew the show for 2022. Although changes could still be made to the format, the current voting system is based on a 50/50 split between a public vote and a professional jury. It is divided into two stages. The first stage will be the qualification phase: the 7 songs that come first in the public vote will be selected for a final vote. An eighth song can be picked by the jury — it receives a so-called “euro-ticket” — and will be eligible for the final vote. Last year the jury saved LMK.
The vote will then be reset to zero. The public and the jury will vote once more — 50/50 — for the song that will represent France at Eurovision 2021.
In 2021 the professional jury was chaired by Amir Haddad and included Marie Myriam, Natasha St Pier and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. The television broadcast of Eurovision France is scheduled for the first half of 2022.
Are you happy that Eurovision France is returning for another year? Which artists would you like to see participate? Let us know in the comments box down below!