The Eurovision season is well underway, with several confirmed artists revealed. Tonight was all about France who opted to find their representative through their national final, 'Destination Eurovision'. The country chose duo Madame Monsieur and their touching song "Mercy" to represent the country in Lisbon.
After the eight acts performed their entries the audience was treated to a nail-biting results show with the leaderboard changing after every vote. After the international jury had distributed their points, Lisandro Cuxi sat at the top closely followed by Emmy Liyana in second and Madame Monsieur in third. However, with the public's result, everything changed. To much of the surpirse to the audiece, Emmy Liyana had failed to make an impact with the public, only managing to place in sixth, leaving Lisandro and Madame Monsieur as the two favourites. Lisandro placed third with the televote leaving the public on the edge of their seat, wondering whether Madame Monsieur had received enough to catapult them to the top of the leaderboard. Indeed they had, receiving a total of 186 points, putting them 22 points ahead of Lisandro. Thus making it 8 artists, and 2 songs that the public now know will be present for the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
France reinvented their national final this year, and opted to have 2 semi finals that were held on the 8th and 9th of January 2018. The pre-recorded shows saw the jury select 4 acts from each semi to go through to the Grand Final. The culmination of which led to the following eight artists battle it out to be France's representative.
Madame Monsieur are a husband and wife electro-pop duo made from Jean-Karl Lucas and Emilie Satt who have been performing on the international music scene since 2013. Their song Mercy tells the tale of a young girl born during the on-going European Migrant Crisis and brings to light the hardships and arduous journey many have taken to find a better and safer life in an elegant and touching manner.
The Grand Final was broadcast live on France 2, Facebook and Online. The over all winner, Madame Monsier, was decided by a combination of 50% public televote, and 50% international Jury. Initial viewing figures seem positive for France where over 2 million people have tuned into both Semi Finals.
France over recent years, have seen their fortunes change for the better at the contest. Both Amir and Alma scored highly in 2016 and 2017. With a new format, and many popular songs, this years national final has really caught the publics imagination. Could Madame Monsieur make it a 6th French victory in 2018, and the first in over 40 years. Stay tuned to find out.
Whatever happens, as France are part of the "Big 5" they will automatically qualify for the Grand Final which will take place in the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.
Madame Monsieur with Mercy have won "Destination Eurovision" and secured the right to be France's Eurovision entrant in Portugal. What do you think of Mercy? Please tell us in the comments below.
Don't forget if you liked the interviews and articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, tweet @ on Twitter, # on Instagram, and continue to check our website out. Stay tuned for more Eurovision news, gossip and interviews. Please do not forget to like and comment on our articles below.