The time of judgement for the French national selection is near as the taped first semi final of Destination Eurovision will be aired on France 2 next Saturday according to the channel’s official page.The host of Destination Eurovision,  will be the French Canadian  Garou .

The comments on the contestant’s snippets coming from the fan community are very positive and for sure it’s going to be one of the most competitive national finals.

The two semi finals will be taped on 8 and 9 January and the grand final will be aired live. The two semi final results will be determined by a six member jury formed by the following judges:

  • Amir – 2016 French representative (achieving an honorable 6th place with 257 points)
  • Isabelle Boulay – French Canadian singer
  • Christophe Willem – French Pop Idol winner
  • Christer Björkman (HoD Sweden)
  • Nicola Caligiore (HoD Italy)
  • Olga Salamakha (HoD Belarus)

There will be 9 entries competing in each semi final while the 4 best acts from each one, according to the jury vote, will qualify to the Grand final.

The contestants of the 1st semi final are the following:( click on the titles to hear the snippets)

  1. Enea – I’ll be there
  2. Lisandro Cuxi – Eva
  3. Malo – Ciao
  4. Masoe – Paradise
  5. Noée L’un Près De L’Autre
  6. Louka – Mamma Mia
  7. Ehla – J’ai cry
  8. Emmy Liyana – Ok ou ko
  9. PhenoMen – Jamais sans toi

The contestants of the 2nd semi final are the following:

The final winner will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting (50% each one).The jury will consist of 10 members, all Head of Delegations from the following countries: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria,Finland, Iceland, Israel, Italia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The first semi final will be aired on France 2 next Saturday  at 20:55 CET.  Special guest of the night will be last French Eurovision winner Marie Myriam (1977).

The full Schedule of Destination Eurovision lays below:

  • Saturday, 13/1 at 20:55 – 1st Semi final
  • Saturday, 20/1 at 20:55 – 2nd Semi final
  • Saturday, 27/1 at 20:55 – Final

Last time France selected its representative through a national final was back in 2014, when  Twin Twin won the national final  Les chansons d’abord with their song Moustache but scoring a bad result in the final.