Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez! is set to return in 2022.
And slowly but surely information is beginning to surface about the nature of the French national final for Eurovision — starting with the identities of the hosts.
On Monday 26 July, Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini confirmed they would return to host Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez! in 2022.
The pair will also provide French commentary for the Eurovision grand final in May 2022. Elsewhere, Laurence Boccolini will provide solo commentary for the Tuesday and Thursday’s semi-final shows.
Laurence Boccolini and Stéphane Bern to host Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez
Laurence Boccolini is a French television and radio personality known for her work on game shows such as Pyramide and Le Maillon Faible — the French versions of Pyramid and The Weakest Link. Laurence joined the French Eurovision team in 2021, providing solo commentary during the semi-finals on France 4.
Stéphane Bern is a journalist, broadcaster and television presenter. Stéphane’s specialism lies in the history of nobility and royalty. In 2015, he joined the France 2 Eurovision team as a commentator, providing French commentary alongside co-hosts such as Marianne James and Eurovision veterans Amir and Alma.
The pair teamed up in 2021 to host the maiden broadcast of Eurovision France: C’est vous qui décidez!, which helped introduce the world to Barbara Pravi and secure France a second place finish at Eurovision. They also provided commentary on the Eurovision 2021 grand final for France 2.
Eurovision France 2022: C’est vous qui décidez!
France Télévisions introduced C’est vous qui décidez! as a new national final format to select their act for Eurovision 2021. Fans and critics praised the new format, with the head of the French Eurovision delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel celebrating its success in taking France back to the top of the scoreboard. She later confirmed the show would return in 2022 to select France’s act for Italy.
The French broadcaster declared submissions for C’est vous qui décidez! 2022 open on 21 June 2021. The rules stipulate that, among other things, all performers must be at least 16 years old, and that the songs and compositions entered must be mainly in French and/or regional languages. This includes tongues spoken in overseas French territories, including Reunionese, Corsican and Futunan. Submissions close on 24 October 2021.
The exact format of C’est vous qui décidez! 2022 is yet to be announced. However, it is anticipated the show will follow the same format as it did in 2021. The current system is based on a 50/50 split between the public and a professional jury and is divided into stages.
The first stage will be the qualification phase: the top seven songs as voted by the public will qualify for the superfinal. The jury will select one wildcard act to receive the so-called ‘euro-ticket’ and also progress to the superfinal. Then, the vote will be reset to zero. The public and the jury will vote once more — 50/50 — with one act ultimately being declared the winner and recipient of the French ticket to Eurovision 2022.
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