Recently it has been rare that France have had a national selection contest for Eurovision. Between 2008 and 2013 and again since 2015 they have opted to select their act through an internal selection process. This has given them a fairly good success rate with Alma finishing twelfth, and Amir especially coming in sixth place, their best result in the last fifteen years. Today however French broadcaster France 2 revealed that they will air multiple episodes of a new show Destination Eurovision to select their artist and song for Eurovision 2018.As well as revealing the name of the show, France 2 also laid out some other details for what we can expect from Destination Eurovision. The show will be hosted by the Voice of France judge Garou. Applications for songs have been opened since June and they must consist of at least 70% French lyrics and will not be translated into English for Eurovision. Up to sixteen contestants will be selected for the show with the winner being decided by a combination of French jury, French public vote and an international jury.
The last time France held a national selection show like this was back in 2014 when they picked Twin Twin and song ‘Moustache’. Given the song placed last in the final, giving France their worst ever result, you can understand their reluctance to return to this format in recent years.