PARIS, FRANCE – France 3 informed oikotimes.com later today the exact procedure and schedule for the selection of the French entry to go to Copenhagen. (as the previous post based on Le Parisien was not exactly accurate)
We already know than the panel (professionals and a Eurovision fan) will gather on November 26th to select 3 potential entries out of the song submitted to the French broadcaster by record companies, producers and editors.
On January 26th (5:00pm CET), during a Eurovision special edition of Natasha St-Pier’s show “Les Chansons d’Abord”, the three chosen songs will be performed and a jury of experts as well as TV viewers will choose their favourite entry (50/50). But the result won’t be revealed as the vote won’t be completed at that point of the procedure.
From January 26th to February 23rd, short clips to introduce the 3 bidders will be broadcast on a regular basis on France 3, as well as on the France3.fr website, in order to let TV viewers keep voting and choose the right song.
The final result will eventually be revealed on March 2nd (2:00 pm CET) during Natasha’s show. Then, the 57th French entry will be known and the French will start crossing their fingers for a 6th victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. 1977 seems so far away…
That was a big “revelation” day today in France. In addition to the explanation of the procedure of the French selection and the exact scheduling (link to article), France 3 also revealed the names of the commentators.
This year, live from Copenhagen, a new French duo will do the job. Cyril Feraud will remain the male commentator (for a third year in a row) while Natash St-Pier herself will replace Mireille Dumas. So the 2001 French entrant will be back in Denmark, 13 years after she performed on the Parken stage (and reached an honourable 4th posotion). We still don’t know if those two will also be in charge of the semi-finals.
Moreover, we can also reveale that France Bleu (the French national radio broadcaster) will be more involved than ever (part of the selection jury, live broadcast from Copenhagen from May 5th).
Sounds like the French really take the contest seriously for once
source: Franck Vautier, France 3