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Tonight: Destination Eurovision kicks off!

Tonight, Saturday 13th 2017, France 2 will broadcast the first semi-final of its new national selection format, Destination Eurovision 2018. Nine candidates will compete for four spots in the Grand Final.

Tonight’s running order

The first semi-final was recorded earlier this week, on Monday, and after the recording, France 2 revealed who would take part in which semi-final. Here is the running order for tonight:

  1. Masoe — “Paradis”
  2. Noée — “L’un près de l’autre” (One next to the other)
  3. Lisandro Cuxi — “Eva”
  4. Malo’ — “Ciao”
  5. Emmy Liyana — “OK ou KO” (OK or KO)
  6. Enéa — “I’ll be there”
  7. the Pheno Men — “Jamais sans toi” (Never without you)
  8. Louka — “Mamma Mia”
  9. Elha — “J’ai cru” (I believed)

==> If you want to know more about the artists competing tonight, you can take a look at our guide to all 18 candidates. <==
The 9 songs will be made available on most music streaming platforms tonight at 21:00 CET (as the show will begin. You will be able to listen to them on Deezer, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon MP3.

The artists of the first Semi Final

How will the show unfold?

French Canadian singer Garou will host all three shows, including the first semi-final. With the semi-finals being recorded in advance, we know what to expect.
Host Garou and the three French-speaking jurors (Amir, Isabelle Boulay and Cristophe Willem) will open the show singing “Waterloo”, the worldwide famous song from ABBA that won Eurovision in 1974. After that, a small tribute will be paid to the late France Gall, who died last week. Extremely popular in France, she also gave Luxembourg its second victory at Eurovision, in 1965, with “Poupée de cire, poupée de son”.
Then, the competing artists will start singing. A short postcard will introduce each candidate. After that, they will sing a short cover (a verse and a chorus) of the song of their choice. Those will be very diverse, ranging from the legendary “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson to the haunting “Pas Là” by young French singer Vianney. The artist will then sing their Eurovision song, after a second short postcard explaining the genesis of the song. Then, after the performance, all three members of the French-speaking jury will review the artist in great details.
The voting sequence will then take place. Only juries will vote, as the show is pre-recorded. First, the international jury (Christer Björkman, Nicola Caligiore and Olga Salamakha — Head of delegations for Sweden, Italy and Belarus respectively). They will be contacted via satellite. Each juror will give points to their top 6 songs, in a pseudo-Eurovision style system : 2-4-6-8-10-12 points. After that, the French-speaking jury will announce their votes in a similar style.
The top four songs will qualify to the final, on January 27.

How to watch Destination Eurovision 2018

The show should start at 20:55 CET, and last two hours and a half. It will be broadcast live on France 2 in France, TV5Monde in the rest of the world (accessible with Sky in the UK, or with free internet streaming in some countries), but also on a Facebook Live, on the Eurovision France page.
Wether you can watch the show or not, don’t forget to follow our Twitter coverage of the night!

What do you think? Will you watch the selection tonight? Who will qualify? Tell us on the comments below or on social medias at @escxtra !

Vincent Mazoyer

I'm a French Eurovision fan, and an ESCXTRA Editor since August 2017. I love following national selections and live tweeting on Destination Eurovision / Eurovision CVQD for ESCXTRA. Outside of this nice Eurosphere, I'm a "fan" of the audio medium, from radio podcasts to commercialy-released audios, Modern Pentathlon, and more generally a business and law student.

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