France will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The French broadcaster France Télévisions will organise the national final Destination Eurovision in order to select the French entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. As a member of the “Big 5”, France automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Destination Eurovision will be the national final organised by France 2 to select France’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition will consist of three shows, aired on January 13, 20 and 27 on France 2, that will be hosted by French-Canadian singer Garou. The shows will be produced at the Studios de France – Bât 217 in Saint-Denis.
The format of the competition will consist of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. The two semi-finals will feature nine entries each, from which four will be selected to advance to the final from each show. The semi-finals will be recorded on 8 and 9 January. Results in the semi-finals will be determined by a Francophone jury panel and an international jury panel.
Amir – Singer, songwriter, represented France in the 2016 Contest
Isabelle Boulay – Singer
Christophe Willem – Singer
Christer Björkman – Head of Delegation for Sweden
Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation for Italy
Olga Salamakha – Head of Delegation for Belarus
Results in the final will be determined by public televoting (50%) and a ten-member international jury panel (50%). The three members of the international jury panel in the semi-finals will be joined by the Heads of Delegation from Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland.
Artists and songwriters were able to submit their song entries since 21 June 2017. On 11 December 2017, France 2 announced at a press conference at the headquarters of France Télévisions that 1,500 songs had been submitted. 18 entries will be selected to compete in the televised shows.