At a press conference this morning, planned around a nice breakfast, Carolina Got, General Director of France 2 confirmed to the press present at breakfast, that France 2 will indeed be using a televised selection, Destination Eurovision, to choose the French entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The shows (it has been mentioned that the contest will take part on several evenings) will be hosted by the immensely popular French singer Garou. He was a coach on La plus belle voix (the French version of The Voice) between 2011 and 2016.
Both the producers of Destination Eurovision and the French delegation have already revealed they have been in contact with French record companies to look for artists, reportedly also some very established and famous ones, and songs to compete, this in addition to the people who have responded to the open call.
The selection of the songs entering the televised finals, for which about 15 songs is the aim, will be made by France 2, ITV Studios France and the French delegation led by Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi.
The artists who make the final cut should also propose an idea for the staging of the entry as it would be seen in the Eurovision Song Contest stage later that year. During those nights the entrants will have to charm a professional jury, an international jury and the viewers at home.
Some noteable statements that have been made are that the participation of foreign artists has not yet been excluded and that if the entry is in French for 100%, there are no plans to sing in English, if it’s up to the organising committee.
The submissions are still open and France 2 have aired this trailer to make it known!
The submission deadline closes on the 30th of November.