France in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976
|Eurovision Song Contest 1976|
|Selection process||National Final 1976|
|Selection date(s)||15, 22, 29 February 1976|
|Selected entrant||Catherine Ferry|
|Selected song||"Un, deux, trois"|
|Final result||2nd, 147 points|
|France in the Eurovision Song Contest|
France was represented by Catherine Ferry, with the song '"Un, deux, trois", at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in The Hague. Broadcaster TF1 opted to choose their 1976 entry via public selection. Two semi-finals were held, followed by the final on 29 February.
Each semi-final contained seven songs, with the top three in each going forward to the final. The qualifiers were chosen by public televoting.
|1||Catherine Ferry||"Un, deux, trois"||6348||1|
|2||Caroline Verdi||"Aimer quelqu'un d'heureux"||2036||4|
|4||Laurence Cartier||"Si tu penses à l'amour"||1949||5|
|5||Evelyne Geller||"Quelqu'un dans ma vie"||1644||6|
|6||Harmony 5||"Ne dis pas que tu m'aimes"||4014||3|
On the night of the final Ferry performed 17th in the running order, following Monaco and preceding Yugoslavia. France had rarely taken the Eurovision route of uptempo, bouncy and lyrically unchallenging pop songs, but had done so with "Un, deux, trois". Prior to the contest most observers noted that the 1976 contest was the easiest for many years to predict, with "Un, deux, trois" and the United Kingdom's "Save Your Kisses for Me" as the only possible winners. The predictions proved accurate as the two quickly surged well ahead of the field in the voting, and after half the national juries had given their votes France held the lead by 82 points to the United Kingdom's 77. However the United Kingdom scored the stronger in the second half, and ran out the winner with 164 points to France's 147. However "Un, deux, trois" finished a huge 55 points ahead of third-placed Monaco. "Un, deux, trois" had picked up five maximum 12s (from Austria, Germany, Monaco, the Netherlands and Yugoslavia) and gained the distinction of becoming the first ever non-winning Eurovision song to pick up points from every other national jury. In terms of points received as a percentage of the maximum possible total (72.06%) it remains the most successful runner-up ever under the 12 points system and outranks most subsequent winners.