France | Bilal Hassani wins Destination Eurovision with the song 'Roi'
Tonight, has seen France chose their Eurovision representative for this year's up and coming contest to be held in Tel Aviv. France, along with Malta have selected their entries tonight. After, a very exciting national final, both the public and juries have opted to send Bilal Hassani with the song "Roi" to Tel Aviv.
Both Bilal Hassani and Seemone won their respective semi finals, but it was Bilal Hassani with the song "Roi" that would take the crown, and be France's next Eurovision representative.
Tonight was a star studded affair, that saw eight artists compete to win the golden ticket to Tel Aviv. The following eight artists took part in this evening's national final.
Bilal Hassani – Roi
Aysat – Comme une grande
Chimène Badi – Là-haut
Silvàn Areg – Allez leur dire
Seemone – Tous les deux
Doutson – Sois un bon fils
Emmanuel Moire – La promesse
The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha
Check out Andy's reaction to the eight finalists below:
Tonight, saw both the public, and international juries have an equal say on who would win tonight's show. The international jurors were:
Rona Nishliu (Albania) – Albanian representative at Eurovision 2012 in Baku
Cristoph Pellander (Germany) – Head of the German Delegation
Olga Salamakah (Belarus) – JESC 2018 producer, Destination Eurovision 2018 international juror
Alexandros Panayi (Cyprus) – Cypriot representative at Eurovision 1995 & 2000, backing vocalist and vocal director for many acts, including some from the “Dream Team”
Beatriz Luengo (Spain) – Spanish artist, dancer and actor, known for her leading part in Spanish TV Drama Un paso aledante (also known as Un, dos, tres or One Step Forward)
Michael Kealy (Ireland) – Executive Producer for RTÉ
Doron Medalie (Israel) – Writer and composer of “Toy” (Israel 2018)
Nicola Caligiore (Italy) – Head of the Italian Delegation, elected member of the Eurovision Reference Group and Destination Eurovision 2018 international juror
Ekaterina Orlova (Russia) – Music shows producer
Reto Peritz (Switzerland) – Head of the Swiss Delegation
'Destination Eurovision' was full of entertainment that saw the finalists also perform eight different former Eurovision cover songs. They were:
Bilal Hassani – Fuego (Eleni Foureira, Cyprus 2018)
Aysat – Fairytale (Alexander Rybak, Norway 2009)
Chimène Badi – Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Celine Dion, Switzerland 1988)
Silvàn Areg – Le Dernier Qui a Parlé (Amina Annabi, France 1991)
Seemone – L’oiseau et L’enfant (Marie Myriam, France 1977)
Doutson – J’ai Cherché (Amir, France 2016)
Emmanuel Moire – Euphoria (Loreen, Sweden 2012)
Tonight Seemone won the Jury vote with 94 points, and scored 62 from the televote. Overall she scored 156 points in total, whilst Bilal won the public vote with 150 points, whilst the juries scored 50 points. Overall he had 200 points, and has been crowned tonight's winner.
Also, part of tonight's proceeding was last year's Junior Eurovision runner up Angelina who told of her experience in Belarus. France made a surprise return to the Junior contest last year, which resulted in a second place finish. Could tonight's winner Bilal Hassani do the same, or better in Tel Aviv.
In recent years France have performed a lot better in the recent contests, and it is hoped that this will be repeated in May. Last year, France were represented by husband and wife duo "Madame Monsieur" with their song, "Mercy". Ultimately it placed a respectable 13th, scoring 173 points.
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