France 2 have announced the 18 competing artists for Destination Eurovision 2019. The winner of France’s national final will go on to represent the country at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Last year’s entrants, Madame Monsieur, have returned to the competition to compose an entry for Bilal Hassani named “Roi”. 2017 French entrant Alma is also back as a composer/songwriter, having penned “Le Brasier” for Naestro, under her real name Alexandra Macquet.
The full details of France’s national final are now coming together. France 2 recently announced the expert panel for the show, who will be Vitaa, André Manoukian and Christophe Wille. In a press conference at ITV France this morning the following 18 competing artists were revealed. Previews of the songs will be revealed on December 20th.
- Florina – “In The Shadow”
- Aysat – “Comme Une Grande” (Like A Grown-up)
- Ugo – “Ce Qui Me Blesse” (What Hurts Me)
- Chimène Badi – “Là haut” (Up There)
- Silvàn Areg – “Le Petit Nicolas” (The Little Nicolas)
- Gabriella – “On Cherche Encore (Never Get Enough)” (We’re still looking)
- Doutson – “Sois Un Bon Fils” (Be A Good Son)
- Seemone – “Tous Les Deux” (The Both Of Us)
- The Divaz – “La Voix d’Aretha” (Aretha’s Voice)
- Emmanuel Moire – “La Promesse” (The Promise)
- Tracy de Sà – “Por Aqui”
- Battista Acquaviva – “Passio” (Passion, in Corsican)
- Lautner – “J’ai Pas Le Temps” (I Don’t Have The Time)
- Philipelise – “Madame La Paix” (Madam Peace)
- Bilal Hassani – “Roi” (King)
- Mazy – “Oulala”
- Noémie – “Ma Petite Famille” (My Little Family)
- Naestro – “Le Brasier” (The Blaze)
More details from the press conference
- Televoting will be used for all three of the shows.
- The vote will be a 50/50 split between jury and televoting.
- Four songs will go through each semi-final, giving eight songs for the final.
- The international jury will consist of 20 countries – five countries for semi-final 1, another five for semi-final 2 and ten more for the final.
Destination Eurovision goes live
France 2 introduced Destination Eurovision as their national final in late 2017. In three mostly pre-recorded shows Madame Monsieur and “Mercy” were chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
The show’s return was confirmed soon after Lisbon, with France 2 going for an all live edition in 2019. It will also be the first adult edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for which Steven Clérima will be the Head of Delegation for France. The host for Destination Eurovision will also be the same, as popular singer Garou will once again have the honour of hosting the show.
What do you think of the announced artists? What are your hopes for France at Eurovision in 2019? Let us know!