France 2018: Viva La Madame Monsieur!

Madame Monsieur will represent France in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.  Madame has won the final of “Destination Eurovision” the French national selection with the song “Mercy”.

The winner of the “Destination Eurovision” was decided by both an international jury and the public.

The format of the competition consisted of three shows: two semi-finals, which were held on 13 and 20 January 2018, and a final held on 27 January 2018. The shows were hosted by French-Canadian singer Garou, and were broadcasted on France 2, TV5Monde and TV5 Quebec Canada.

Results in the semi-finals were determined by a Francophone jury panel and an international jury panel. Francophone jury was comprised of:

  • Amir – Singer-songwriter (represented France in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest)
  • Isabelle Boulay – Singer from Quebec, Canada
  • Christophe Willem – Singer (winner of Idol in 2006)

The international jury panel in the semi-finals was consist of:

  • Christer Björkman – Television Producer
  • Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation for Italy at Eurovision
  • Olga Salamakha – Head of Delegation for Belarus at Eurovision

Results in the final were determined by public televoting (50%) and a ten-member international jury panel (50%). The three members of the international jury panel in the semi-finals were joined by others who represented the delegations from Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland. Alma, French representer in the 2017 Contest replaced Amir in the Francophone panel.

Competing finalists and the results:

  • Madame Monsieur – Mercy (1st)
  • Lisandro Cuxi – Eva (2nd)
  • Malo’ – Ciao (3rd)
  • Emmy Liyanna – OK ou KO (4th)
  • Igit Lisboa Jérusalem (5th)
  • Max Cinnamon – Ailleurs (6th)
  • Nassi Rêves de gamin (7th)
  • Louka – Mamma Mia (8th)

As a member of the “Big 5” France automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Good luck!

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