FRANCE 🇫🇷 French national broadcaster kicks off the national selection quest for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. France Télévisions will once again collaborate with ITV Studios France and SACEM for the national selection, Destination Eurovision.
Submissions due on November 30th and the usual EBU rules about Agee, song parameters apply in the registration form terms. In French selection it is also required that 70% of the song (at least) should be in French language. Each. applicant can submit up to three songs.
France has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 times since its debut at the first contest in 1956. France is one of only seven countries to be present at the first contest, and has been absent from only two contests in its history, missing the 1974 and 1982 contests. Along with Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, France is one of the “Big Five” who are automatically allowed to participate in the final because they are the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). France has won the contest five times.
France first won the contest in 1958 with “Dors, mon amour” performed by André Claveau. Three more victories followed in the 1960s, with “Tom Pillibi” performed by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, “Un Premier Amour” performed by Isabelle Aubret in 1962 and “Un jour, un enfant” performed by Frida Boccara, who won in 1969 in a four-way tie with the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. France’s fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France have also finished second four times, with Paule Desjardins (1957), Catherine Ferry (1976), Joëlle Ursull (1990) and Amina (1991), who lost out to Sweden’s Carola in a tie-break.
After reaching the top five in 24 contests in the 20th century, France has had less success in the 21st century, only making the top five twice, with Natasha St-Pier fourth in 2001 and Sandrine François fifth in 2002. France finished last for the first time in 2014, when Twin Twin received only two points. France have failed to reach the top 10 in 14 of the last 16 contests, the exceptions being Patricia Kaas, who was eighth in 2009, and Amir, who was sixth in 2016.