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It's Destination Eurovision for France's Madame Monsieur!

28 January 2018 at 00:00 CET
Madame Monsieur won Destination Eurovision Gilles Scarella (FTV)
Madame Monsieur has won the final of 'Destination Eurovision' with the song 'Mercy' and will represent France in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Madame Monsieur beat seven other acts during the final which was broadcast live from Paris.

Destination Eurovision 2018, the French national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest featured two semi-finals and a final. The winner was decided by both an international jury and the public.

How was the result decided?

Madame Monsieur impressed both the Francophone and international jury during the semi-final stages of Destination Eurovision 2018, proceeding to the final. The Francophone jury comprised of: 

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

During the Final only the international jury had a 50% say in the result. The remaining 50% was decided by televoting which was only open to people living in France. Mercy received the highest score according to the total ranking was therefore declared winner of Destination Eurovision and will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May.

The participants

The acts that reached the final of Destination Eurovision 2018 in order of appearance in the final:

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

Visit the official YouTube channel to hear clips of the songs.

France in the Eurovision Song Contest

France was one of the original participants in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and soon became the early champions of the competition having won five times in total. Last year Alma flew the flag for France with Requiem which finished 12th in the Grand Final. 

Read more about the history of France in the Eurovision Song Contest.