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France: Madame Monsieur wins Destination Eurovision 2018

France has selected its representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2018: The duo Madame Monsieur with the song "Mercy"

The duo Madame Monsieur will represent France at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song "Mercy".

Broadcaster France Télévisions held the final of Destination Eurovision tonight, with eight finalists from semi-final 1 and semi-final 2. All the finalists performed both a duet with a well-known act and their Eurovision entries.

An international jury and the French public decided the duo Madame Monsieur's victory and the results of Destination Eurovision 2018. 

The song "Mercy" is written by the duo themselves, Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas, and is entirely in French language.

Je suis née ce matin
Je m'appelle Mercy
On m'a tendu la main
Et je suis en vie
Je suis tous ces enfants
Que la mer a pris
Je vivrai cent mille ans
Je m'appelle Mercy

Lyrics of Mercy

France 2018: Destination Eurovision Jury votes
Votes from the international jury

Destination Eurovision 2018 – Results

  1. Madame Monsieur – "Mercy" (186 points)
  2. Lisandro Cuxi – "Eva" (162 points)
  3. Malo' – "Ciao" (117 points)
  4. Emmy Liyana – "OK ou KO" (112 points)
  5. Igit – "Lisboa Jérusalem" (110 points)
  6. Max Cinnamon – "AiIlleurs" (90 points)
  7. Nassi – "Rêves de gamin" (48 points)
  8. Louka – "Mamma Mia" (15 points)

Madame Monsieur

Madame Monsieur is a french pop duo consisting of Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas.

They have worked together since 2008, and in 2013 they decided to create the duo "Madame Monsieur" and released their first single as a duo.

In 2015 they compose the song "Smile" for the rapper Youssoupha which became a huge hit that year, and continued to work together with rap artists like La Fouine, Kery James and Georgio.

Their first album is expected in 2018.

Destination Eurovision 2018

"Destination Eurovision" is a new format for selecting the French representative at Eurovision Song Contest. This year, the competition consisted of three shows.

  • 13 January 2018 – Semi-final 1
  • 20 January 2018 – Semi-final 2
  • 27 January 2018 – Final

The semi-finals were recorded on 8 and 9 January 2018 but the final was aired live. All on France 2, TV5 Monde and Eurovision France's Facebook page.

The results of the semi-finals were determined by a French jury together with an international jury. 

French jury:

  • Amir (semi-finals only) – Singer, songwriter, France 2016
  • Alma (final only) – Singer, songwriter, France 2017
  • Isabelle Boulay – Singer
  • Christophe Willem – Singer, winner of Idol 2006

The result of the final was determined by 50/50 televoting / international jury. The international jury consisted of jurors from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. Each of the jury members awarded 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2 points – A total of 420 points. The votes from the public were then distributed, so it summed up to 420 points, Eurovision style.

France in Eurovision Song Contest

France 2017: Alma - "Requiem"

France is a grand old country in Eurovision. They have participated 60 times since the start of Eurovision in 1956. 

The best results are five victories in 1977, 1969, 1962, 1960, 1958. The latest victory was in 1977 - 40 years ago! The worst result was in 2014, where France ended last in the Grand Final, and in the last 15 years, they only managed twice to be in top-10. 

France is a member of "Big 5", so they don't have to go through the semi-final-qualifications, but are automatically qualified for the Grand Finals.




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