France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Country France
National selection
Selection processDestination Eurovision
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
13 January 2018
20 January 2018
27 January 2018
Selected entrantMadame Monsieur
Selected song"Mercy"
Selected songwriter(s)Émilie Satt
Jean-Karl Lucas
Finals performance
Final result13th, 173 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
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France participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Mercy" written by Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas. The song is performed by French duo Madame Monsieur. The French entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal was selected through the national selection Destination Eurovision, organised by the French broadcaster France Télévisions in collaboration with the television channel France 2. The selection consisted of two semi-finals and a final. Madame Monsieur became the winner, placing third with the international juries but winning a landslide share of the vote from the French public, amassing enough points to win the competition. This was the first time France used a national final since 2014.

As a member of the "Big 5", France automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.


Prior to the 2018 Contest, France had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in 1956.[1] France first won the contest in 1958 with "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. In the 1960s, they won three times, with "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, "Un premier amour" performed by Isabelle Aubret in 1962 and "Un jour, un enfant" performed by Frida Boccara, who won in 1969 in a four-way tie with the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. France's fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant". France have also finished second four times, with Paule Desjardins in 1957, Catherine Ferry in 1976, Joëlle Ursull in 1990 and Amina in 1991, who lost out to Sweden's Carola in a tie-break. Since 2000, France has managed to place within the top ten four times, with Natasha St-Pier finishing fourth in 2001, Sandrine François finishing fifth in 2002, Patricia Kaas finishing eighth in 2009 and Amir finishing sixth in 2016. In 2017, France was represented by Alma and the song "Requiem". The country ended in twelfth place with 135 points.

The French national broadcaster, France Télévisions, broadcasts the event within France and delegates the selection of the nation's entry to the television channel France 2.[2] The French broadcaster had used both national finals and internal selection to choose the French entry in the past. The 2014 French entry was selected via a national final that featured three competing acts. Since 2015, the broadcaster had opted to internally select the French entry. For their 2018 entry, it was announced on 21 June 2017 that the broadcaster would organise a national final.[3]

Before Eurovision[edit]

Destination Eurovision[edit]

Destination Eurovision was the national final organised by France 2 to select France's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition consisted of three shows, aired in January 2018 on France 2, TV5Monde and TV5 Québec Canada, which were hosted by French-Canadian singer Garou.[4][5] The shows were produced at the Studio Visual – Bât 210 in Saint-Denis.[6]


The format of the competition consisted of three shows: two semi-finals, on 13 and 20 January 2018, and a final on 27 January 2018.[7] The two semi-finals featured nine entries each, from which four were selected to advance to the final from each show.[7] The semi-finals were recorded on 8 and 9 January 2018. The final aired live.[6]

Results in the semi-finals were determined by a Francophone jury panel and an international jury panel. The Francophone jury panel consisted of:

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

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.[9]

Competing entries[edit]

Artists and songwriters were able to submit their song entries starting 21 June 2017.[3] On 11 December 2017, France 2 announced at a press conference at the headquarters of France Télévision that 1,500 songs had been submitted. 18 entries were selected to compete in the televised shows.[7] France Télévision revealed the selected acts and their entries gradually via social media from 29 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.[10][11][12]

Artist Song (English Translation) Songwriter(s)
Ehla "J'ai cru" (I believed) Grand Corps Malade, Fred Savio
Emmy Liyana "OK ou KO" (OK or KO) Olivier Schultheis, Zazie, Jean-Pierre Pilot, William Rousseau
Enéa "I'll Be There" Sonia Boraso
Igit "Lisboa Jérusalem" (Lisbon Jerusalem) Antoine Barrau, Alex Finkin
Jane Constance "Un jour j'ai rêvé" (I dreamt one day) Jane Constance, Pascal Obispo
June The Girl "Same" Marine Bollengier, François Welgryn, Antoine Essertier[13]
Lisandro Cuxi "Eva" Felipe Saldivia, Fred Savio, Freddy Marche
Louka "Mamma Mia" Maître Gims, Vitaa, Renaud Rebillaud, Luca Bennici
Lucie Vagenheim "My World" François Welgryn, William Rousseau, Mathieu Johann
Madame Monsieur "Mercy" Émilie Satt, Jean-Karl Lucas
Malo' "Ciao" Malory Legardinier
Masoe "Paradis" (Paradise) Dany Synthé, Jonah
Max Cinnamon "Ailleurs" (Elsewhere) Max Cinnamon, Stéphanie Petrequin
Nassi "Rêves de gamin" (Dreams of a kid) Nassi, Raphaël Nyadjiko
Noée "L'un près de l'autre" (One close to the other) Barbara Pravi, Tomislav Matosin, Jules Jaconelli, Mélanie Di Petrantonio
Pheno Men "Jamais sans toi" (Never without you) François Welgryn, Gabin Lesieur, Pheno Men
Sarah Caillibot "Tu me manques" (I miss you) Sarah Caillibot
Sweem "Là-haut" (Up there) Sweem


Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final was filmed on 8 January 2018 and aired on 13 January 2018. In addition to their contest entry, each participating act performed a cover of a popular song.[7][14]

Draw Artist Song Cover (Original artist) Juries Total Place
International Francophone
1 Masoe "Paradis" "Pas là" (Vianney) 0 6 6 7
2 Noée "L'un près de l'autre" "Le paradis blanc" (Michel Berger) 20 6 26 6
3 Lisandro Cuxi "Eva" "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson) 34 32 66 1
4 Malo' "Ciao" "Wasting My Young Years" (London Grammar) 20 26 46 3
5 Emmy Liyana "OK ou KO" "Je te promets" (Johnny Hallyday) 30 20 50 2
6 Enéa "I'll Be There" "Tous les cris les S.O.S" (Daniel Balavoine) 0 0 0 8
7 Pheno Men "Jamais sans toi" "ABC" (The Jackson 5) 0 0 0 8
8 Louka "Mamma Mia" "Alors regarde" (Patrick Bruel) 14 16 30 4
9 Ehla "J'ai cru" "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper) 8 20 28 5
Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final was filmed on 9 January 2018 and aired on 20 January 2018. In addition to their contest entry, each participating act performed a cover of a popular song.[7][14]

Draw Artist Song Cover (Original artist) Juries Total Place
International Francophone
1 Lucie Vagenheim "My World" "Savoir aimer" (Florent Pagny) 0 0 0 9
2 Madame Monsieur "Mercy" "Désenchantée" (Mylène Farmer) 30 26 56 1
3 Jane Constance "Un jour j’ai rêvé" "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) 4 4 8 6
4 Nassi "Rêves de gamin" "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder) 26 20 46 3
5 Igit "Lisboa Jérusalem" "Tout va bien" (Orelsan) 22 24 46 3
6 Max Cinnamon "Ailleurs" "Perfect" (Ed Sheeran) 28 26 54 2
7 Sarah Caillibot "Tu me manques" "Tu m'oublieras" (Larusso) 8 0 8 6
8 Sweem "Là-haut" "Quelques mots d'amour" (Michel Berger) 4 22 26 5
9 June The Girl "Same" "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" (France Gall) 4 4 8 6

The final aired live on 27 January 2018.[7] In addition to their contest entry, each participating artist performed a duet with a well-known act.[15]

Alma, who represented France in the 2017 Contest, was present and replaced Amir in the Francophone panel.[8]

Draw Artist Song Duet Jury Televote
Total Place
1 Louka "Mamma Mia" "Caméléon" (with Maître Gims) 8 7 15 8
2 Igit "Lisboa Jérusalem" "L'amour à la machine" (with Alain Souchon) 60 50 110 5
3 Emmy Liyana "OK ou KO" "Viens on s'aime" (with Slimane) 82 30 112 4
4 Madame Monsieur "Mercy" "Reine" (with Dadju) 68 118 186 1
5 Lisandro Cuxi "Eva" "Zombie" (with Nolwenn Leroy) 90 72 162 2
6 Max Cinnamon "Ailleurs" "Où je vis" (with Patrick Fiori) 54 36 90 6
7 Nassi "Rêves de gamin" "Elle m'a aimé" (with Gipsy Kings) 30 18 48 7
8 Malo' "Ciao" "Sirens Call" (with Cats on Trees) 28 89 117 3


Episode Date Viewing figures Night Rank Source
Nominal Share
Semi Final 1 13 January 2018 2,486,000 12.4% #3 [16]
Semi Final 2 20 January 2018 2,084,000 10.7% [17]
Final 27 January 2018 1,795,000 8.9% #4 [18]


Madame Monsieur made appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Mercy" as the French Eurovision entry. On 17 February 2018, they performed "Mercy" at the second semi-final of Vidbir 2018 in Ukraine.[19] They also participated in the London Eurovision Party at the Café de Paris venue in London, United Kingdom on 5 April; Israel Calling at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel on 8-11 April; the Eurovision in Concert at the AFAS Live venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 14 April; and the Eurovision-Spain Pre-Party at the Sala La Riviera venue in Madrid, Spain on 21 April. For the Amsterdam event, 2018 United Kingdom representative SuRie performed the English version of the song alongside Jean-Karl Lucas as Satt was unable to travel due to illness.[20][21][22][23][24]

At Eurovision[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 took place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May and the final on 12 May 2018.[25] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) were required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progressed to the final. As a member of the "Big 5", France automatically qualified to compete in the final. In addition to their participation in the final, France was also required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals. During the semi-final allocation draw on 29 January 2018, France was assigned to broadcast and vote in the second semifinal on 10 May 2018.[26] During the second press conference that took place on 6 May, Madame Monsieur took part in a draw to determine in which half of the final the French entry would be performed. France was drawn to compete in the first half.

Once all the competing songs for the 2018 contest had been released, the running order for the grand final was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. France was set to perform in position 13, following the entry from Albania and preceding the entry from Czech Republic.

In France, the two semi-finals were broadcast on France 4 with commentary by André Manoukian and Christophe Willem, while the final was broadcast on France 2 with commentary by Stéphane Bern, Christophe Willem and 2017 French Eurovision representative Alma. The spokesperson announcing the French jury results was Élodie Gossuin.


The performance featured Satt and Lucas dressed in black with red accents (the duo's shoes, Satt's makeup and Lucas's guitar). They started on the main stage surrounded by fog for the first verse and chorus before separating to walk across the two bridges on either side and joining back together on the satellite stage for the remainder of the song with the onstage lighting changing from blue to orange. On the final part of the song, the duo performed their signature hand motion with the entire audience in the arena joining in.

Offstage backing vocal support was provided by Allyson Ezell and Destination Eurovision semifinalist Noée.

Points awarded to France[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
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the French jury:[27]

  • Cyril Taïeb – Chairperson – artist
  • Elodie Suigo – radio host
  • Léa Luciani (Ehla) – artist, singer
  • Clémentine Boulard – music and TV journalist
  • Benjamin Marciano – artistic director

Points awarded by France[edit]


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