FRANCE – The new national final will be named Eurovision France – C’est vous qui décidez! which translates to ‘you decide’. Just like the name suggests, the French audience who’ll be watching from home will get the chance to choose their favourite performance. The audience votes will count for 50% of the total score while the other 50% will be decided by a professional jury of 10 people. The show will be hosted live by Stéphane Bern on France2 and will feature 12 competing artists with songs of various musical styles:
You can vote for your top three favourite entries after listening to them in the following links, in our national final poll.
- 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-tu me dire?
- Ali – Paris me dit
- Amui – Maeva
- Andriamad – Alléluia
- Barbara Pravi – Voilà
- Casanova – Tutti
- Cephaz – On a mangé le soleil
- Juliette Moraine – Pourvu qu’on m’aime
- LMK – Magique
- Philippine – Bah non
- Pony X – Amour fou
- Terence James – Je t’emmènerai danser
Soon, we will get more insight into who these artists are and what their songs are all about. Every evening from 16 December, France 2 will show a portrait of a participating artist during the prime time programme Eurovision France – les finalistes. In these portraits, the artists will present more information about their career as well as their song.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Head of Variety and Entertainment and Head of the French delegation for the Junior- and Eurovision Song Contest spoke to http://www.eurovision.tv and gave some interesting information…
What can viewers expect from Eurovision France – C’est vous qui décidez?
It’s a new concept created by teams from France Télévisions and France TV STUDIOS. We have selected 12 powerful songs from the hundreds of proposals that we received. We are also proud to highlight French artists and songwriters with this selection. We designed an original voting system that gives the audience a greater influence. There will be two phases of voting but the audience will have control in both these two phases. The jury will be made up of 10 people, 5 French and 5 international who will come from all walks of life. Many fans of the Eurovision Song Contest follow national selections across Europe. We really hope that this new concept will please them.
Last year France went for an internal selection after a couple of years of Destination Eurovision. Why did you decide to return to a national selection?
The situation over the past year has radically changed. This year the French public, and especially the fans, have been deprived of the Eurovision Song Contest. We want to give the audience a Eurovision moment earlier in the year. More than ever in these difficult times entertainment is also a way to get away from it all. And we hope, more than ever, to put some glitter in people’s lives with this beautiful show ahead.
Destination Eurovision was known for showing new, French talent to Eurovision fans. Will that be the same for this new show?
Yes, and I would say even more as it is one of the strong concepts of Eurovision France – C’est vous qui décidez’. Indeed we want to promote rising artists of the French music scene performing a lot of different music styles: Pop, EDM, the great ‘chanson française’ and Urban music. France Télévisions is also proud to support young talents from the regions of mainland France as well as overseas. You will be able to hear Corsican and Tahitian during the show.
Hosting a TV show in times of a pandemic is not the easiest. How will it work?
The pandemic does not facilitate such an organization. Like the Host Broadcasters from The Netherlands we have been working on several scenarios. We also discussed these scenarios with our European colleagues and worked with their feedback. We have very good hope of seeing international members in our jury. In any case, the wonderful organization of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest by TVP has proven to all of us that we can organize an exceptional show despite the current events. It is now up to us to take up that same challenge.
What is France’s main goal for the Eurovision Song Contest? Are you ‘in it to win it’ or are there different goals to be achieved with your participation?
Of course, France is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest to win and our victory at Junior Eurovision only reinforced that desire. We really want to win! I said last year that we are working hard to bring France back to the top 5 for the first time since 2002. We are fully mobilized and excited to meet this challenge. However, we know that all countries have this same desire and the competition will be tough in Rotterdam for the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.