Eight acts qualified from the semi finals to compete in the final of France’s Eurovision selection extravaganza this evening. Only one could be named the winner of Destination Eurovision 2019. That honour went to Bilal Hassani. He will sing the song ‘Roi’ in Tel Aviv for France, penned by last year’s winners Madame Monsieur.
The eight finalists took it in turn to perform a Eurovision cover followed by their own song in the hopes of winning over both the voting public at home and the international jurors from Albania, Belarus, Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.
The covers were as follows:
Chimène Badi- ‘Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi’ by Celine Dion
Silvàn Areg- ‘Le Dernier Qui A Parle’ by Amina
The Divaz- ‘Waterloo’ by ABBA
Emmanuel Moire- ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen
Douston- ‘J’ai Cherche’ by Amir
Seemone- ‘L’Oiseau et L’Enfant’ by Marie Myriam
Bilal Hassani- ‘Fuego’ by Eleni Foureira
Aysat- ‘Fairytale’ by Alexander Rybak
The jury were the first to announce their votes. After all jury votes had been allocated, Seemone was in the lead by a comfortable 18 points.
Next it was the turn of the public to have their say. Their percentage votes were tallied and added to each individual act from lowest to highest. In a nail-biting finale it was Seemone in the lead with Bilal and Chimene still to be awarded their votes from the public. Bilal was awarded top points, a whopping 150 points from the public, which propelled him from fifth to first.
The full results are below, as is the winning song.
Destination Eurovision 2019 Finalists
Bilal Hassani- ‘Roi’ (10,10,2,0,2,4,6,6,4,6,150) 200 points
Seemone- ‘Tous les Deux’ (6,12,0,12,8,10,10,12,12,12,62) 156 points
Chimène Badi- ‘La Haut’ (2,6,12,4,0,6,2,10,10,4,63) 119 points
Emmanuel Moire- ‘La Promesse’ (8,8,8,10,0,0,8,4,8,10,51) 115 points
Silvàn Areg- ‘Allez Leur Dire’ (12,4,6,2,10,12,12,8,2,8,26) 102 points
The Divaz- ‘La Voix d’Aretha’ (4,0,10,6,12,2,0,2,6,2,48) 92 points
Aysat- ‘Comme Une Grande’ (0,0,4,8,6,8,0,0,0,0,12) 38 points
Douston- ‘Sois in Bon fils’ (0,2,0,0,4,0,4,0,0,0,8) 18 points
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