Tuesday, January 01, 2019

FRANCE: LISTEN TO DESTINATION EUROVISION 2019 ENTRIES

France's Destination Eurovision is again one of the best national finals with lots to offer in terms of today's radio hits and modern music yet having a clear French sound and enough variety to make it very interesting. Corsican makes a comeback as a possible Eurovision language with Battista Acquaviva.
After three liveshows two semifinals will follow with nine eantries each, four of them advancing to the final after 50-50 televote-international jury. Among songwriters we have last year's Madame Monsier for Bilal Hassani and Alma of 2017 for Naestro, who is my front runner with Emmanuel Moire who I have wanted for Eurovision for years, sadly his song isn't as strong as I'd want it to be.
Below is my first hearing ranking. Sadly, most my favorites are in the first semi-final....

Update 1: The first semi-final gave rather surprising results, and my faves are already out. On the other hand the night deliveres a lot of weak vocals and uninspired performances to benefit likes of Silvàn who at least had an idea for the staging. And I had kinda sneaky feeling all along he would make it to the final anyways.... After all, it's very French chanson.

Update 2: The scond semi-final went a bit more lik I had thought. Seemon stole the show with her emotional and fragile performance scoring full points from the jury, and Moire showed the professional he is, even if I'm not so sure about the staging... He managed just barely to beat Seemone in televotes....

Semi-final one - January 12, 2019
Aysat – Comme une grande ** (jury 34 + televote 6) 40
Bilal Hassani – Roi **** (58 + 57) 115
Battista Acquaviva – Passio *** (2 + 29) 31 LIVE
Chimène Badi – Là-haut *** (22 + 44) 66
Florina – In The Shadow *** (0 + 21) 21 LIVE
Lautner – J’ai pas le temps ***** (26 + 9) 35  LIVE
Mazy – Oulala ** (18 + 15) 33 LIVE
Naestro – Le Brasier ***** (12 + 8) 20  LIVE
Silvàn Areg – Le petit Nicolas ** (38 + 21) 59

Semi-final two - January 19, 2019
Doutson – Sois un bon fils *** (jury 24 + televote 15) 39
Emmanuel Moire – La Promesse **** (28 + 56) 84
Gabriella – On cherche encore * (14 + 18) 32 LIVE
Noémie – Ma petite famille * (8 + 6) 14 LIVE
Philipelise – Madame la Paix *** (18 + 13) 31  LIVE
Seemone – Tous les deux **** (60 + 53) 113
The Divaz – La voix d’Aretha * (26 + 28) 54
Tracy de Sà – Por Aqui * (2 + 13) 15  LIVE
Ugo – Ce qui me blesse ** (30 + 8) 38 LIVE

Final - January 26, 2019
Bilal Hassani - Roi
Chimène Badi - Là-haut
Silvàn Areg - (Le petit Nicolas) Allez leur dire
AySat - Comme une grande
Seemone - Tous ls deux
Emmanuel Moire - La promesse
Doutson - Sous un bon fils
The Divaz - La void d'Aretha


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