This morning France 2, announced that they will use the talent show Destination Eurovision to choose the French representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
This is a change from the past two years, when Amir and Alma were internally selected to represent their country.
A French jury comprising of Amir, Isabelle Boulay and Cristophe Wllem, will join an international jury to help select the acts and songs, who will appear in the Destination Eurovision final.
The international jury will be the heads of the Swedish, Italian and Belarus delegation, Christer Björkman, Nicola Caligliore and Olga Salamakha.
There will be eighteen entries in the Destination Eurovision competition. Two semi finals will be held, consisting of nine songs each. Four songs will be selected from each semi final, to proceed to the final. All shows will be hosted by singer, Garou.
The winning song in the final will be decided 50% by ten, as yet unannounced, international juries, and 50% by the viewing public.
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France has waited 41 years now for a win. This year they are bringing out the big guns, as huge French stars, rapper Maître Gims, and singer-model Zazie, are confirmed as two of the songwriters.
Below you can enjoy a short extract from one of the entries in the Destination Eurovision competition, and gauge if it seems France has found a winning formula this year
From over 1500 applications, French broadcaster France 2 has selected 18 songs that will be performed in two semi finals in 2018. Out of these acts, the representing 2018-act for France will be selected.
The names of the artists and their songs have not been released yet, but there will be several well known composers behind the songs. Maître Gims, Zazie and 2017-participant Alma are rumoured to have made the cut with songs by their hand.
A new format in France
In each semi final, 9 songs will take part. A French and an international jury will then select which acts will advance to the final. Amir (Eurovision 2016) is part of the French jury, together with Cristophe Willem and Isabelle Boulay. In the International jury we see Christer Björkman (HoD Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (HoD Italy) en Olga Salamakha (HoD Belarus). Caligiore and the French HoD Edoardo Grassi have become good friends during the last two Eurovision editions.
The French final will be broadcast live by France 2 and televoters will also have a 50 percent saying in who they want to be represented by in Lisbon. Dates for the shows are not known yet.
Australian’s broadcaster has made their choice for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 official. Jessica Mauboy will be waving the country’s flag in next year’s competition and will certainly have all eyes on her as Australia has never missed a spot within the show’s top 10.
It was announced last week that Australian’s broadcaster, SBS, would be announcing the 2018 representative today and here it is. Jessica Mauboy will be flying to Lisbon next May to attempt to bring Australia its first win ever.
In 2014, Jessica became for first non-European solo artist to perform as an interval act at Eurovision. She made her Eurovision debut in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mauboy rose to fame in Australia in 2006 when she auditioned for Australian Idol. Despite becoming runner-up, she became one of the countries most successful female artists. As well as performing with some big names she has also performed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and former US President Barrack Obama during their visits to Australia.
This will be the fourth time Australia will perform at the Eurovision as part of an invitation but things may change as the reference group is in talks for the country to become permanent in the competition: “Australia has proved itself capable of sending good artists and achieving good results”, Jon Ola Sand said in an interview for ESCDaily. “With that being said, in the reference group’s next meeting, in January, we will discuss that matter (if Australia gets a fixed place in Eurovision).”
While Australia is far away from Europe, the country has followed the competition for longer than 30 years which motivated EBU to formally invite the country to take part in the competition.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Since their breakthrough in the competition, Australia’s worst result happened last year when Isaiah finished at number 9 with solely two points coming from the televote. The country is the only one in Eurovision that has never placed outside of the top 10.
In 2016, Australia reached their best ranking with Dami Im and her powerhouse ballad Sound of Silence that ended up being the runner up of the year, losing to Jamala’s 1944.
While we wait for more details on the Australian act and entry, take a look at Isaiah’s final performance in the Eurovision stage in Kyiv:
Jessica Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014 as interval act, but actually taking part is something different. She tells this to ESCDaily and als reveals her plans for Lisbon!
“It is a very different feeling. I was nervous back then, but this is another level of pressure. I will try to represent my people, my culture, and I am looking forward to that very much.”
An uptempo to midtempo song for Australia
What kind of song can we expect from Jessica, on behalf of Australia? It is probably the main question at the moment, and she is giving us her first thoughts:
“Maybe an uptempo song, or mid-tempo. I would like to celebrate a more hyped performance. That consist of some movements. I want to make the world move.”
“My mission is to create a song that will have some fysical and visual effect. I definitely want to do the whole package. And add a cultural background to the act, perhaps there might be some aborignal dialect in there.”
The Australian song for Eurovison will be presented at a later stage. Jessica Mauboy is hoping she can come to Europe for some promotional events.
SBS had confirmed that Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Her song will be presented at a later stage.
Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014, when she was on of the interval acts of the contest in Copenhagen with the song ‘Sea of flags’. Four years later she returns for the real deal.
Jessica is very excited
Jessica Mauboy is, of course, very excited to take part. “I will sing my heart out for Australia,” she sends on Twitter.
I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!! In 2018, I will be representing Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!! 😱 I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous – mainly about the dress! 💕😂#SBSEurovisionpic.twitter.com/psBKqoGf7o
— Jessica Mauboy (@jessicamauboy) December 11, 2017
Later today, we will get a personal reaction by Jessica Mauboy herself. Stay tuned to ESCDaily!
Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke is delighted that Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. “Jessica Mauboy’s performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision,” he tells ESCDaily.
“Before the great moments of Guy, Dami and Isaiah there was Jess, who touched the hearts of the Eurovision directors and proved just how talented our vocalists are,” Paul Clarke says in a press statement. “Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned. We can’t wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision-style as a galactic soul diva.”
Joel Creasey: ‘Jess is a true star’
Commentator Joel Creasey is also a great fan of Jessica Mauboy and thinks she will do well in Lisbon: “Ever since my failed audition for the Young Divas back in ’08, I’ve been trying everything I can to work with Jess Mauboy. Her response has mostly been ‘Can I Get a Moment To Myself?!’ – but finally, the stars have aligned! Jess is a true star with a powerhouse voice and has a great personality to boot. J-Mau, you’re going to be amazing. Let’s show Europe what we’re made of!”
The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest television music competition and in 2017, the Semi Finals and Grand Final attracted 182 million* viewers worldwide and reached more than three million** Australians.