France - Michaela Sowden


Programme title:   Destination Eurovision

Date:                         January 27, 2018

Venue: Studio Visual – Bât 210, St Denis. Aired on France 2, TV5 Monde and TV5 Québec Canada

Presented by:         Garou

Number of entries: 8 finalists out of a possible 18 selected from 1500 overall entries

Artists and songwriters were able to submit their song entries starting 21 June 2017. On 11 December 2017, France 2 announced at a press conference at the headquarters of France Television that 1,500 songs had been submitted. 18 entries were selected to compete in the televised shows. France Television revealed the selected acts and their entries gradually via social media from 29 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.(TVFrance2, Wikipedia)

The format of the competition consisted of three shows: two semi-finals, on 13 and 20 January 2017, and a final on 27 January 2017. The two semi-finals featured nine entries each, from which four were selected to advance to the final from each show .  Results in the semi-finals were determined by a Francophone jury panel and an international jury panel. The Francophone jury panel consisted of:

·      Amir-Singersongwriter represented France 2016 (replaced by Alma during the final.

·       Isabelle Boulay – Singer

·       Christophe Willem – Singer

The international jury panel in the semi-finals consisted of:

·       Christer Björkman – Head of Delegation for Sweden at Eurovision, supervisor of Melodifestivalen

·       Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation for Italy at Eurovision

·       Olga Salamakha – Head of Delegation for Belarus at Eurovision

Results in the final were determined by public televoting (50%) and a ten-member international jury panel (50%). The three members of the  international jury panel in the semi-finals were joined by others who represented the delegations  from  BulgariaArmeniaSwitzerlandRussiaIsraelFinland and Iceland

The songs in the final

No. Performers Song Composers/Writers Duet
1 Louka "Mamma Mia" Maïtre Gims, Vitaa, Renaud Rebillaud, Luca Bennici Caméléon ( Maïtre Gims)
2 Igit Lisboa Jerusalem (Lisbon Jerusalem) Antoine Barrau, Alex Finkin L'amour est la machine ( with Alian Souchon)
3 Emmy Liana OK ou KO (Ok or KO) Olivier Schultheis, Zazie , Jean-Pierre Pilot, William Rousseau Viens on s'aime ( with Simane)
4 Madame Monsieur Mercy Emilie Satt, Jean Karl Lucas Reine ( with Dadju)
5 Lisandro Cuxi Eva Felipe Saldivia, Fred Savio, Freddy Marche Zombie ( with Nolwenn Leroy)
6 Max Cinnamon Ailleurs (Elsewhere) Max Cinnamon, Stéphanie Petrequin Où je vis ( with Patrick Fiori)
7 Nassi Rêves de gamin ( Dreams of a kid) Nassi, Raphaël Nyadjiko Elle m'a aimé ( with Gipsy Kings
8 Malo Ciao Malory Legardinier Sirens call (with Cats on Trees.

The Voting

No. Song Jury Televote Total Plce
1 Mamma Mia 8 7 15 8
2 Lisboa Jerusalem 60 50 110 5
3 OK ou KO 82 30 112 4
4 Mercy 68 118 186 1
5 Eva 90 72 162 2
6 Ailleurs 54 36 90 6
7 Rêves de gamin 30 18 48 7
8 Ciao 28 89 117 3

Madam Monsieur

Madame Monsieur is a French duo consisting of vocalist Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas. They will represent France in 2018 with the song Mercy.

Emilie Satt was born Emilie Sattonnet on November 30, 1984. She hails  from Nice. Jean Karl Lucas was born June 22, 1982 and originates from Amiens. The couple first met In 2008 and formed Madame Monsieur in 2013.

In 2015, they composed the song Smile for the French rapper Youssoupha, and later participated in Taratata. They also married in September of that year.

The duo released their debut album Tandem in 2016.

At Destination Eurovision they advanced from the second semifinal after placing first with the international jury and tying first with the francophone jury. At the final they placed third with the jury but won a landslide share of the vote from the French public, thus winning overall.

Mercy is a song about the true story of a little girl born aboard the SOS Meiterranee France in March 2017 to Nigerian refugees. Mercy was written and produced by Emilie Satt and Jean Karl Lucas. Post Destination Eurovision the single started at number 8 in France, before peaking at number 3 the following week.


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