France: representative to be chosen through public selection

France Télévisions has decided to host a public selection show this year to determine their Eurovision Song Contest 2014 entrant. For the first time in six years, France will opt for a public choice rather than internal selection. As usual, the final say will be split between the public and a panel of experts.

Several steps are being taken before arriving at the new French representative for Copenhagen, beginning at the end of this month:

– A “listening committee” composed of 14 people ranging from music industry professionals, representatives of France Télévisions and their partner France Bleu will meet. As a public representation they will be joined this year by a viewer and a Eurovision fan. Their task is to select the best three entries among those proposed from record labels, publishers and producers.

– On Sunday the 26th of January at 17:00 CET, Natasha St-Pier (4th place finish in ESC 2001) will feature a special edition of her Sunday show Les Chansons D’Abord dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest. The three songs selected by the committee will be presented and voted on by the viewers and a panel of professionals, each accounting for 50% of the total vote.

– Recaps of the participating songs to appeal for the vote will be broadcast daily on France 3 and for four weeks starting from the 26th of January and ending on the 23rd of February.

– The winner will be revealed on France 3 by Natasha St-Pier in Les Chansons D’Abord on Sunday the 2nd of March 2014 at 17:00 CET.

Last year in Malmö, Amandine Bourgeois placed 23rd for the French with song L’Enfer Et Moi.