It has been one of the most hyped up national selections this year, and now the French National Final, Destination Eurovision, has reached its conclusion, and we now know who will be representing France at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
After a few years of internal selection, France decided to go all out this year to bring fans a national selection. A total of 18 acts were selection for the national selection, with two semi-finals and of course, the final.
Over the last two weeks, the acts were voted on by two juries – the international and the French juries. The French jury consisted of Amir, Isabelle Boulay and Christophe Willem, while the international jury consisted of Christer Björkman, Nicola Caligliore and Olga Salmakhe.
In the final however, only the international jury voted, and their vote was worth 50%, with televoting the other 50%. The international jury for the final consisted of 10 representatives, but inclusive of the three that had taken part in the past two weeks.
Here are the competing acts:
Louka – Mamma Mia
Igit – Lisboa Jérusalem
Emmy Liyana – OK ou KO
Madame Monsieur – Mercy
Lisandro Cuxi – Eva
Max Cinnamon – Ailleurs
Nassi – Rêve de gamin
Malo’ – Ciao
Three acts of the night received 12 points from the jury, and they were Emmy Liyana, who received three sets of 12, Madame Monsieur received two sets of 12, and Lisandro Cuxi received five sets of 12 points, which pushed him to the front of the pack in the jury votes.
The televoting made all the difference, as the French public disagreed in who they wanted to send to Eurovision. The top scorer in the televoting was Madame Monsieur, who received a total of 118 points from the public vote. Second in the public vote was Malo, and third was Lisandro Cuxi.
With the scores combined, Madame Monsieur were impossible to beat, with a total of 186 points. Coming in second place was Lisandro Cuxi, and third was Malo. In fourth place was Emmy Liyana.
Watch the winning performance down below, and make sure to tell us what you think of the French song!