With few successes over the last decade, France turned things up in 2016 when they internally selected up and coming artist Amir, who ended up in 6th place – one of very few top 10 results throughout the 2000’s. Although finishing just outside the Top 10, last year’s representative Alma also helped to boost the French reputation, and for 2018, France is scaling up their selection to a national final!
Broadcaster France Télévisions have decided to create an epic national final titled ‘Destination Eurovision’ which will feature three shows, two semi-finals and the final to be broadcast on the 13th and 20th of January, and the final on Saturday the 27th of January. The shows will be broadcast on France2, as well as globally on TV5 Monde. Viewers can also watch through Facebook Live.
The acts will be judged by both an international and French jury. The French Jury will consist of:
Amir – Singer-Songwriter who represented France at Eurovision 2016
Isabelle Boulay – Singer from Quebec
Christophe Willem – Singer, winner of Idol in 2006
The international jury will consist of:
Christer Björkman – Television Producer
Nicola Caligiore – Italy’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision
Olga Salamakha – Belarus’ Head of Delegation for Eurovision
Now to the exciting bit, here are the competitors!
Lisandro Cuxi – Eva
Malo – Ciao
Noée – L’un près de l’autre
Elha – J’ai cru
Emmy Lyianna – OK ou KO
Louka – Mamma Mia
Enea – I’ll Be There
Pheno Men – Jamais sans toi
Masoé – Paradis
Madame Monsieur – Mercy
Jane Constance – Un jour j’ai rêvé
Max Cinnamon – Ailleurs
Igit – Lisboa Jérusalem
June The Girl – Same
Sarah Caillibot – Tu me manques
Nassi – Rêve de gamin
Sweem – Là-haut
Lucie Vagenheim – My World
During the semi-finals, the qualifiers will be chosen through a mixture of the two juries. For the final however, it will be a mixture of the international jury and the French public. The act that receives the highest score according to the total ranking will win, and go on to represent France at Eurovision, but in the case of a tie, the public vote will take precedence.