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:
· 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 Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland
The songs in the final
|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.|
|3||OK ou KO||82||30||112||4|
|7||Rêves de gamin||30||18||48||7|
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.
Senkishev, Georgi, http://esctoday.com/156723/france-results-second-semi-final-destination-eurovision-2018/