France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country France
National selection
Selection processNational Final
Selection date(s)Presentation show:
26 January 2014
Results announcement:
2 March 2014
Selected entrantTwin Twin
Selected song"Moustache"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Pierre Beyres
  • Kim N'Guyen
  • Lorent Idir
  • François Ardouvin
Finals performance
Final result26th (last), 2 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
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France participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The French entry was selected through a national final, organised by the French broadcaster France Télévisions. Twin Twin represented France with the song "Moustache".[1] France placed 26th (last) in the final, scoring 2 points. This was the first time in the history of the contest that France had placed last in a final.

Before Eurovision[edit]

National final[edit]

The French national final organised by France 3 to select France's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 consisted of two shows: the presentation show on 26 January 2014 and the results show on 2 March 2014. Both shows took place during the programme Les chansons d'abord, hosted by 2001 French Eurovision entrant Natasha St-Pier and broadcast on France 3 as well as online via the broadcaster's website.[2][3]

Competing entries[edit]

France 3 opened a submission period on 4 October 2013 in order for interested artists and songwriters to submit their proposals up until the deadline on 24 November 2013.[4] Songs were required to contain a majority of French language lyrics with a free language allowance for the remaining lyrics and should not be instrumental pieces that extensively lacked vocals.[5]

On 26 November 2013, a fourteen-member selection committee consisting of music industry professionals, representatives of France Télévisions and France Bleu, a Eurovision fan and a television viewer selected from a public competition reviewed the received submissions, shortlisted five entries after a blind audio listening and selected three to compete in the national final.[3] For the public competition organised by France 3 in collaboration with France Bleu, applicants were required to successfully answer three questions related to the Eurovision Song Contest in order to enter a draw. The selection committee consisted of Laurent Bentata (General Director of Stage Entertainment France), Bruno Berberes (casting and artistic director), Laura Cès (singer and comedian), Mary De Vivo (Director at Réservoir), Valérie Michelin (music manager), Franck Saurat (television and entertainment producer), Thierry Langlois (France 3 Programmes Director), Yann Chapellon (France Télévisions President and General Director of Distribution), Marie Claire Mezerette (France 3 Director of Games and Entertaintainment), Frédéric Valencak (Head of Delegation for France at the Eurovision Song Contest), Olivier Daube (France Ô representative), Dominique Bourron (France Bleu representative), Farouk Vallette (Eurovision fan) and Morgane Buret (public competition winner).[6] The competing artists were announced on 27 November 2013.[7][8]

Final[edit]

The presentation show took place on 26 January 2014 where the three artists presented their contest entries.[3][9] In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show featured guest appearances by Eurovision Song Contest 1977 winner Marie Myriam, 2011 French Eurovision entrant Amaury Vassili and 2012 French Eurovision entrant Anggun.[10] Following the presentation show, the entries were given increased exposure and rotation on France 3 and France Bleu and the public was able to vote via telephone, SMS and online until 23 February 2014. The winner, "Moustache" performed by Twin Twin, was selected by the combination of the public vote (50%) and a jury panel (50%) and was announced on Les chansons d'abord on 2 March 2014.[9]

Draw Artist Song (English translation) Songwriter(s)
1 Destan "Sans toi" (Without you) Laura Marciano, Cheyenne
2 Joanna "Ma liberté" (My freedom) Gerard James Borg, Philip Vella, Sean Vella, Yves Guillon
3 Twin Twin "Moustache" Pierre Beyres, Kim N'Guyen, Lorent Idir, François Ardouvin

At Eurovision[edit]

Twin Twin at rehearsal in Copenhagen

As a member of the "Big Five", France automatically qualified for a place in the final, held on 10 May 2014. In addition to their participation in the final, France was assigned to vote in the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[11] During the French delegation's press conference on 6 May 2014, France was allocated to compete in the second half of the final.[12] In the final, the producers of the show decided that France would perform 14th, following Sweden and preceding Russia.[13] France placed 26th and last in the final, scoring only 2 points.[14]

On stage, Twin Twin was joined by two backing dancers and a backing vocalist. The LED screens projected colourful moustache motifs.[15]

In France, the first semi-final was broadcast on France Ô with commentary by Audrey Chauveau and Bruno Berberes, while the final was broadcast on France 3 with commentary by Cyril Féraud and Natasha St-Pier.[9][16] The French spokesperson revealing the result of the French vote in the final was Elodie Suigo.[17]

Points awarded to France[edit]

Points awarded to France (final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by France[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the French jury:[19]

  • Fabrice Marchal – Chairperson – producer
  • Jean-Marc Sauvagnargues – writer, composer, drummer
  • Fanny Llado – singer
  • Julie Solia – singer, lyricist
  • Boris Bergman – writer

Semi-final 1[edit]

The French votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[20]

Semi-final 1 – French Results
Draw Country F. Marchal J. Sauvagnargues F. Llado J. Solia B. Bergman Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 5 3 1 1 4 3 1 1 12
02  Latvia 11 7 7 5 5 6 15 14
03  Estonia 3 6 5 6 6 4 12 7 4
04  Sweden 4 8 10 10 7 8 6 5 6
05  Iceland 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 3 8
06  Albania 12 5 6 7 8 7 13 11
07  Russia 14 11 15 9 15 14 11 15
08  Azerbaijan 6 4 4 4 9 5 14 9 2
09  Ukraine 13 10 9 15 10 11 10 13
10  Belgium 15 16 16 16 16 16 4 10 1
11  Moldova 16 15 11 12 14 15 16 16
12  San Marino 10 13 12 11 12 12 9 12
13  Portugal 8 12 14 13 13 13 2 6 5
14  Netherlands 1 1 3 3 1 1 3 2 10
15  Montenegro 9 9 8 14 3 9 5 4 7
16  Hungary 7 14 13 8 11 10 7 8 3

Final[edit]

The French votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[21]

Final – French Results
Draw Country F. Marchal J. Sauvagnargues F. Llado J. Solia B. Bergman Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 22 22 23 22 19 24 8 19
02  Belarus 14 23 18 23 20 20 24 25
03  Azerbaijan 24 6 8 5 14 9 22 18
04  Iceland 6 5 4 7 2 3 13 4 7
05  Norway 9 7 7 6 21 8 14 9 2
06  Romania 19 19 24 25 16 22 4 13
07  Armenia 5 4 2 1 7 1 1 1 12
08  Montenegro 13 13 13 15 5 11 21 20
09  Poland 23 15 11 12 6 15 3 6 5
10  Greece 10 25 20 20 8 19 12 17
11  Austria 2 3 1 2 17 4 2 2 10
12  Germany 21 24 21 17 23 23 19 22
13  Sweden 4 14 12 14 18 13 6 7 4
14  France
15  Russia 25 11 25 24 24 25 15 21
16  Italy 18 9 15 8 13 14 10 10 1
17  Slovenia 20 21 16 13 12 18 25 23
18  Finland 7 12 10 10 10 7 18 12
19  Spain 17 16 9 8 9 10 7 5 6
20   Switzerland 12 17 19 16 11 16 9 11
21  Hungary 8 20 17 19 15 17 11 15
22  Malta 11 8 6 4 3 6 20 14
23  Denmark 1 1 3 3 22 5 16 8 3
24  Netherlands 3 2 5 11 1 2 5 3 8
25  San Marino 15 18 22 21 25 21 23 24
26  United Kingdom 16 10 14 18 4 12 17 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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