This year 43 countries will be present at this years Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon in May. With around two weeks to go until all of Europe descends on Portugal's capital, Eurovoxx will introduce you to each country that will be participating.
Who Are They?
This year France will be represented by duo Madame Monsieur with the song "Mercy" which will be sung in French. The twosome are lead vocalist Emilie Satt and producer Jean- Karl Lucas. The group were formed in 2013. They released their debut album entitled "Tandem" back in 2016. Their musical style has been described as "Electro-pop", with their Eurovision entry "Mercy" going down very well with fans and music critiques who see it as very relevant song in today's climate, with many predicting a top five finish. Their song "Mercy" went into the French charts at number 3. Since they won France's national selection show, their profile has risen a lot, and they have be seen at most pre-Eurovision parties.
Check out Madame Monsieur's Eurovision song "Mercy" here:
How Were They Chosen:
This year France opted for a national selection show "Destination Eurovision" that saw two semi final shows. Each show consisted of nine performers that were whittled down to four that went forward to the grand final. The live final was aired on the 27th January 2018 that saw eight performers sing for their chance to represent France at Lisbon. They were clear winners scoring 24 more points than their nearest competitor. Although they only came third with the juries, it was the public vote that saw them win the honour of being France's next Eurovision representatives.
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France At Eurovision:
France have competed at the Eurovision Song Contest a total of 60 times since it's debut at the very first contest in 1956. They have only missed two competitions, and are one of only seven countries to be present at the very first edition. They have won the competition a total of five times, and automatically qualify for the grand final as they are part of the "Big Five" that contribute the most financially to the EBU.
France first won the contest in 1958 with "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. In the 1960s, they won three times, 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. France's fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song "L'oiseau et L'Enfant" which was held in the UK.
After a very successful start at the competition in the early days, the country has failed to emulate this success in the 21st century. It has been 41 years since France last won the competition, and since 2000 they have only made the top 5 twice. This happened in 2001 with Natasha St Pierre and 2001 with Sandrine Francois. Could 2018 mark a change in the countries fortunes?
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