With the song ‘Roi', Bilal Hassani will represent France this year. Bilal is set to perform in the Grand Final on Saturday 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
On 27 January, Bilal won the final of French national selection 'Destination Eurovision' with the song Roi (King) and therefore will represent France at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Bilal beat seven other acts during the live final that took place in Paris.
Who is Bilal Hassani?
Bilal is more than just a regular artist: he hosts a YouTube channel with funny, memorable videos that gets viewed by more than 2 million people, especially in French-speaking countries. Bilal has been nurturing a passion for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, he demonstrated his charisma on 'The Voice Kids' with a cover of Conchita Wurst’s Rise Like a Phoenix.
He won his ticket to Tel Aviv in the French national selection 'Destination Eurovision' where he captured 35% of the public vote.
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Bilal Hassani's song
Roi was written by Madame Monsieur, who represented France last year in Lisbon. The song contains a vibrant message about self-acceptance where urban pop meets the great tradition of the French chanson.
We caught up with Bilal in London, where he revealed the name of the wig that he will wear in Tel Aviv.
France at Eurovision 2018
Last year, France finished 13th in the Grand Final. Madame Monsieur received 173 points for their song Mercy.
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