Following the success of the national final of 2018 and the announcement of the new Head of Delegation for France, it has now been confirmed that Destination Eurovision will be fully live in 2019!
Matthiew Grelier confirms
According to the interview of Matthieu Grelier of ITV Studios France in Pure Medias, he pointed out that Destination Eurovision will “absolutely” be live, in hopes that “the public will invest more“. When asked about last year’s result, he expressed that “We still hope better but the 13th place is rather better than France could do a few years ago“.
Hopes for next year
Matthiew Grelier also pointed out that France will work in order to do well in Tel Aviv, with the main goal of “Destination Eurovision” being helpful to publicizing the song and creating a positive dynamic for Eurovision.
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
France was one of the seven countries that participated in the very first contest in 1956. In total it made 61 appearances at Eurovision, only missing the 1974 and 1982 editions of the show. It won the contest 5 times, in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1977. During the 20th century it achieved top 5 results in 24 contests. Success has been more frail in the 21st century, ending near or at the bottom of the scoreboard every year between 2012 and 2015. Results have improved since 2016 when Amir placed 6th in the grand final, their best result since 2009. In Lisbon, the duo Madame Monsieur flew the French flag with “Mercy”. They placed 13th with 173 points.