France: France 2 opens submission period for Eurovision 2021
The French broadcaster, France 2, has opened the submission period for Eurovision 2021, calling out for interested acts and composers to submit their entries for the next Eurovision Song Contest.
Previously, Alexandra Redde-Amiel, the entertainment director of France Télévisions and head of the French delegation to Eurovision, made public that Tom Leeb won’t be taking part in next year’s edition and the country will be swtiching back to a national selection in order to determine the French representative.
France 2 published the rules and regulations for the French national selection inviting singers and composers to submit their entries for next year’s contest. The deadline expires on September 30. One of the conditions that stands out is that all songs must be in French.
Alexandra Redde-Amiel stated:
“It will be a creation, produced in-house by France Télévisions Studios. We are working on the final concept. We already know that it will be an event evening, in a large concert hall, in the region.”
The Eurovision Story so far
France is one of the seven countries that had its first participation back in 1956. Since then the country has won the contest 5 times. Last time was in 1977, with Marie Myriam and her song L’oiseau et l’enfant. The last two years, however, seems to be an increasing interest for the contest .
Destination Eurovision was used for the first time as the country’s national selection format in 2018, including two recorded semi final shows and a live grand final. Last year was the first time France held a nationa final since 2014. Last year’s winners was the duo Madame Monsieur who represented France in Lisbon with their entry “Mercy” which finished 13th.In 2019 Bilal Hassani won the second edition of Destination Eurovision 2019 and defended the French colours in Tel Aviv with his entry Roi which came 16th in the Grand final.
This year Tom Leeb was set to represent France at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with his entry ‘ The Best In Me’.