FRANCE – Destination Eurovision 2019 is the national final organised by France 2 to select France’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The competition will consist of three live shows, aired in January 2019 on France 2, which will be hosted by French-Canadian singer Garou. TV5 Québec Canada will air the shows in Canada on a time delay as will TV5Monde internationally. All shows will take place at the Studio de France – Bât 210 in Saint-Denis.
The format of the competition will consist of three live shows: two semi-finals, and a final. The two semi-finals will feature nine entries each, from which four are selected to advance to the final from each show.
Results in the semi-finals will be determined by public televoting (50%) and a five-members international jury panel (50%). Results in the final will be determined by public televoting (50%) and a ten-members international jury panel (50%). An international jury member is set to vote in only semifinals. Therefore, twenty juries will be involved in the voting this year.
Like the previous edition, the show will feature a three-members Francophone jury panel to provide feedback. They will no longer have a say in the results of the contest. The Francophone jury panel will consist of :
Christophe Willem – Singer, returning as a judge for the second consecutive year
André Manoukian – Jazz singer and former judge on Nouvelle Star, commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals in 2018 alongside Willem
Vitaa – Singer, French female artist with the most radio airplay in 2018, Destination Eurovision 2018 participant as a songwriter
In Destination Eurovision 2019, both semi finals will have a 5-member international jury who will vote for their favourite songs and in the final, there will be a 10-member international jury, also voting for their favourites. Their votes will account for 50% of the overall score, the other 50% coming from televoting.
Second semi final’s international jury members are:
Christer Björkman – Melodifestivalen and Eurovision producer. Swedish
Zoe Straub – Austrian representative in Eurovision 2016
Mikolas Josef – Czech representative in Eurovision 2018
Natia Mshvenierazde – Head of Georgian delegation
Anushik Ter-Ghukasyan – Head of Armenian delegation