France: National broadcaster confirms Eurovision 2020 participation
The French national broadcaster, France 2 has revealed that the country will be competing in Eurovision 2020 next May in The Netherlands.
France 2 has confirmed to ESCToday the France will be present in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, continuing the country’s tradition in the competition. However, the broadcaster did’s give any details on the format it will use to determine the next Eurovision act. The last two years the country has been using the national selection format of “Destination Eurovision“, consisting of two semi final rounds and a grand final. The broadcaster is expected to clear out this year’s national selection format in due course.
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.