FRANCE – Even thoug she only did the job twice (2016,2017), Marianne James remains one of French Eurofans favourite commentator thanks to her expertise, her love for Eurovision and her straigh forward speech.
Last year, she was surprisingly dismissed for the job in Lisbon, and it isobvious that the lady is still rather bitter with France Télévisons’ decision.
In an interview she recently gave to French magazine “Télé Loisirs”, Marianne explained once again what happened and why she still feels incredibly disapointed to say the least.
It all began in Kyiv, with Marianne complaining with the commentating booth being over crowded (up to 12 persons) with some non very professional behaviours (texting, chatting).
Her remark was not appreciated by the broadcaster. When the national final « Destination Eurovision » was launched, Marianne was expecting to be proposed with the hosting of the show. France Télévisions did not offered the job, not even the oppotunity to be part of the jury. She was just asked to stand still during the show and hug the winner saying “let’s go to Lisbon”.
No need to say that this idea was the best way to upset Marianne, and that’s what happened since she refused and later left the team of the public broadcaster and put an end to her show « Prodiges ». Now Marianne is a juror in « La France A Un Incroyable Talent » on private channel, nd she gave the show a second breath.
In her interview, in addition to explaining what happened, Marianne frankly gave her thoughts about Garou, « Destination Eurovision » host. She declared « I woud have done a better job. As a singer, Garou is awesome and has a career I’ll never have, but as a TV host, he doesn’t fit with the job, he gets stuck ».
We must admitt that Marianne is saying outloud what a lot of Eurofans are keeping to themselves…