In a press conference at Théâtre Apollo this afternoon, the format of France’s national final for Eurovision 2021 have been revealed, along with the jury members who will be responsible for 50% of the final outcome.
Eurovision: C’est vous qui décidez will be comprised of three parts: Les Qualifications, L’Euro Ticket and La Vote Ultime.
The first part is Les Qualifications, which comes after all 12 songs have been performed. At this stage, the top seven acts from the televote alone will advance to the final round of the show. L’Euro Ticket is a wildcard ticket that the jury members will award to one of the five acts that were not in the televoters top 7. Once we have our final eight participants, the voting will resume again, with the winner being decided by 50% televoting and 50% jury voting.
The jury, responsible for 50% of the final vote, will be made up of ten people, mostly singers and songwriters.
- Amir (President of the jury) – France 2016
- Marie Myriam – Eurovision winner 1977
- Jean-Paul Gaultier – fashion designer and commentator for France in Eurovision 2008
- Natasha St Pier – France 2001
- Duncan Laurence – Eurovision winner 2019
- Chimène Badi – French singer and songwriter, finalist in Destination Eurovision 2019
- André Manoukian – songwriter and Pop Idol judge
- Élodie Gossuin – model, television presenter, columnist and French spokesperson
- Agustin Galiana – singer
- Michèle Bernier – actress and comedian
The French broadcaster had originally planned to host the show outdoors, in a provincial French town away from the capital. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible for this to happen. Instead, the show will be broadcast live from a television studio in Paris in either January or February. It is unknown whether they will be any audience or not. The participants will be performing on a small, circular stage, as revealed by entertainment director for France Télévision.
Speaking of the show, Head of Delegation for France has said: “People missed Eurovision, Tom Leeb could not participate in Eurovision this year so it was an opportunity to give the public a voice again, especially after Valentina’s victory at the Junior Eurovision.”
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