Who will be Madame Monsieur’s successor?
Destination Eurovision returns for a second year as France kick off their selection for 2019. In a change to last year which saw the semi final heats recorded days before their airing, the entire run of this year’s selection will be broadcast live. Tonight, nine acts will compete with only four final spots up for grabs.
|1||Lautner||“J’ai cherché” (Amir)||“J’ai pas le temps”|
|2||Battista Acquaviva||“Parla più piano” (Gianni Morandi)||“Passio”|
|3||Chimène Badi||“Je ne regrette rien” (Édith Piaf)||“Là-haut”|
|4||Aysat||“Dancing Queen” (Abba)||“Comme une grande”|
|5||Mazy||“Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer” (Calogero)||“Oulala”|
|6||Florina||“L’hymne à l’amour” (Édith Piaf)||“In The Shadow”|
|7||Bilal Hassani||“Carmen” (Stromae)||“Roi”|
|8||Naestro||“Perfect” (Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli)||“Le brasier”|
|9||Sylvàn Areg||“Un homme debout” (Claudio Capéo)||“Le petit Nicolas”|
Like last year, each artist will first sing a cover of another song, then their own entry, with postcards introducing both performances. An expert panel consisting of André Manoukian, Vitaa & Christophe Willem will comment on the performances, but will not vote.
The voting itself will take place at the end of the show, and will be split between a televote (50%) and the votes of five international jurors, whose names were announced at the end of the week. The fours acts with the most points will go to the final.
The covers are quite diverse, from French classics (Édith Piaf), to international hits (Ed Sheeran, Abba) and modern French music (Claudio Capéo, Amir, and Calogero). Interestingly, Sylvàn Areg will cover a song that he cowrote, under his real name Sylvain Hagopian. Battista will sing both the most famous and the less known song, since “Parlà più piano” is the Italian cover of “Speak Softly Love”, The Godfather‘s legendary theme. The cover was made in the 1970’s by Gianni Morandi, who represented Italy at Eurovision in 1970 (with “Occhi di Ragazza”).