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France: Bilal Hassani crowned king of 'Destination Eurovision'!

27 January 2019 at 00:29 CET
Bilal Hassani will represent France in Tel Aviv with 'Roi' Low Wood
Bilal Hassani has won the final of 'Destination Eurovision' with the song 'Roi' (King) and will represent France in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Bilal beat seven other acts during the final which was broadcast live from Paris.

Destination Eurovision, the French national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, held its grand final tonight after two semi-finals took place in the last two weeks with a total of eighteen participants. The top favourite, Bilal Hassani, emerged victorious both in the first semi-final and in tonight's final. His song Roi (King) is co-written by last year's French participants Madame Monsieur.

How was the result decided?

Since the semi-finals the result was determined 50% by the television audience, via televote, and 50% by an international jury, consisting of twenty nationalities: a jury of five people voted in the first semi-final, a new jury of five members cast their vote in the second semi-final and ten new jurors had their say in tonight's final. This was their outcome:

The public votes were quite different than the international jury ones, and after both results were combined it turned out that Roi was the clear winner:

The participants

The acts that reached the final of Destination Eurovision 2019 were, in order of appearance:

  • Chimène Badi - Lá-haut
  • Silván Areg - Allez leur dire
  • The Divaz - La voix d'Aretha
  • Emmanuel Moire - La promesse
  • Doutson - Sois un bon fils
  • Seemone - Tous les deux
  • Bilal Hassani - Roi
  • Aysat - Comme une grande

About Bilal Hassani

Bilal Hassani, born in 1999 in Paris of Moroccan origin, is a French singer and songwriter who made himself known through his videos and music on his YouTube channel, before participating in Destination Eurovision.

Bilal started singing at the age of five in front of his family and later began taking singing lessons. In 2015 Bilal Hassani participated in the second season of The Voice Kids presenting himself in the blind auditions with the Eurovision Song Contest winner Rise Like a Phoenix by Conchita Wurst. He joined the team of Patrick Fiori, the French participant in Eurovision in 1993.

Last December, Bilal was confirmed among the eighteen candidates participating in Destination Eurovision, with the song Roi, a song about self-acceptance co-written with Madame Monsieur. After having been crowned as 'Roi' he will represent France at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest's Grand Final, as members of the Big 5, in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 18th, 2019.

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