There’s no rest at France Télévisions, which, just a few weeks after the the end of Eurovision 2022, is already back at work. On Thursday, during its annual press conference announcing programming for the upcoming season, the French broadcaster announced the return of its national selection Eurovision France in 2023.
Eurovision France 2023: National selection confirmed
Preparations for Eurovision France 2023 are already underway. Just like last year, candidates will be selected through casting sessions which will start soon and conclude sometime in October. The casting is open to both amateurs and professionals. Music professionals, including producers, record company directors and casting directors, will compose a jury that will select various candidates who will be invited to perform at the Apollo theatre in Paris in early 2023.
After this phase, only 12 candidates will be selected for the grand final, which will be broadcast on France 2 in the first half of next year. This year, the semi-amateur group Alvan & Ahez were chosen by the public to represent France in Turin.
France Télévisions looks forward to Eurovision
In December 2021, France hosted Junior Eurovision in Paris thanks to Valentina’s victory the year before. Although France did not win twice in a row, Enzo still finished in third place with the song “Tic-Tac”. The event attracted more than 30 million viewers in Europe.
In general, the success of the Eurovision brand has been well received by French television viewers, with an audience of 3.2 million viewers for the broadcast of the final in Turin, with a peak of 4.1 million viewers during the performance of the French representatives. The audience was slightly down on last year, but viewers are now younger, with the 15-24 age group accounting for 45% of the market share this year.
The challenge for France Télévision will be to maintain the success of the Eurovision France franchise, which doesn’t have the guaranteed audience of the actual Eurovision.
This year, the national selection only attracted 1.47 million viewers, a clear drop compared to 2021.
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