France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005

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Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Country  France
National selection
Selection process National Final
50% Jury
50% Televote
Selection date(s) 15 March 2005
Selected entrant Ortal
Selected song "Chacun pense à soi"
Finals performance
Final result 23rd, 11 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2004 2005 2006►

France was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by Ortal with the song "Chacun pense à soi". For the first time since Eurovision 2000, France 3 organised a National Preselection which was hosted by Laurent Ruquier and Elsa Fayer. In March there were 2 shows: the introductory documentary on March 14 showed the selection of the candidates who were earlier selected by France 3. The program ended with a presentation of the five finalists. The National Final was aired live on March 15 where the five participants presented their song live and sang duets with famous artists. The televoting audience and a professional jury made the final decision. Ortal emerged as the popular choice with her song "Chacun Pense à Soi" (Everyone Thinks of Themself [sic?]). The song is written and composed by Saad Tabainet.

Ortal, born in Israel of Berber and Andalusian origins, began singing when she is sixteen. In 2000, Ortal moved to Spain and joined the group ‘Gipsy Sound’ (Alabina) with whom she toured Europe with for two years. Ortal provided entertainment at MGM’s hotel in Las Vegas, the French première of the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies in Paris, and on television in Monaco for Prince Albert’s birthday party. Ortal has performed in Tunisia and has also provided backing vocals on the albums of various French artists.

The spokesperson who revealed France's votes for other countries was France's 1977 entrant Marie Myriam.[1]

National final[edit]

Song Singer Place
1 Je m'envole Lionel Tim 3rd
2 "Chacun pense à soi" Ortal 1st
3 C'est la vie Christophe Héraut 2nd
4 Casting Marjorie Galluccio 5th
5 Laissez moi rêver Karine Trecy 4th

At Eurovision[edit]

Points Awarded to France (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point


  1. ^ Philips, Roel (2005-05-17). "The 39 spokespersons!". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 

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