France’s national broadcaster, France Télévisions, has confirmed that the country will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.
Hush from France Télévisions on exact selection method
Giving their confirmation of the news to ESCToday, the French broadcaster – who owns channels like France 2 – made no mention of what specific method would be used to select their representative in 2023. In the article, ESCToday said France would “more than likely” use a national final to select their entrant. However, there has been no confirmation that the current selection process – C’est Vous Qui Decidez – will return. The national final was used to send both Barbara Pravi and Alvan & Ahez to Eurovision, finishing in 2nd and 24th places respectively.
France’s Eurovision journey
France is a powerhouse in Eurovision, debuting in the first Contest in 1956. Their first entries finished in second place, but no scores were ever published. Since then, France has gone on to win the Contest five times. The most recent win came in 1977, with Marie Myriam’s “L’enfant et l’oiseau”, scoring 136 points.
Recently, France had slumped in results but a change in direction in 2016 has seen a boost in results. Amir finished in 6th position for France with “J’ai charché”, followed by 12th, 13th and 16th places respectively. In 2022, France sent Breton artists Alvan and Ahez with their song “Fulenn”. At the close of voting, France finished in 24th place, earning 17 points.
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News Source: France Télévisions / ESCToday
Photo Credit: EBU / Corinne Cumming