Madame Monsieur wins Destination Eurovision and will represent France in Lisbon

Madame Monsieur has won the grand final of Destination Eurovision and will now represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The song ‘Mercy’ gained the most points by the televoters and was therefore defeated other candidates that scored well in the international jury vote.

Australian singer-songwriter Malo’ finished second in the televote and third over-all.

After the jury vote, it looked like it was going to be a battle between Lisandro Cuxi, who won his semi final, and Emmy Liyana. However, as we often see at Eurovision, the televote shook things up a bit.

Results of Destination Eurovision 2018

01. Madame Monsieur – Mercy – 186 points
02. Lisandro Cuxi – Eva – 162 points
03. Malo’ – Ciao – 117 points
04. Emmy Liyana – OK ou KO – 112 points
05. Igit – Lisboa Jerusalem – 110 points
06. Max Cinnamon – Ailleurs – 90 points
07. Nassi – Reves de Gamin – 48 points
08. Louka – Mamma Mia – 15 points

Malo’ not the second Australian in Portugal

We had the chance that there was going to be another Australian artist at the contest, next to Jessica Mauboy. But the Australian singer-songwriter Malo’ did not manage to win the contest with his song ‘Ciao’. He came in second in the televote, but was strongly underrated in the international jury vote.

An all-round exceptional final

This evening’s grand final was of a high quality, with a variety of performers and genres, including electronic dance music, alternative, pop and jazz. ‘Ailleurs’, ‘OK ou KO’ and ‘Rêves de gamin’ were particularly noticeable as improved acts since the semi finals. The international jurors all commented positively on the final, and there was particular praise from John Ola Sand, the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest

Exciting finish

The further the jury voting progressed, the more likely it looked that Lisandro Cuxi would represent France in Lisbon. After all international jurors gave their points, ‘Eva’ was the song that sat comfortably at the top of the table, leading by 8 points.

However, after an unexpected 3rd placed position in televoting, Cuxi’s chance began to fade, as Madame Monsieur received the most votes from the French public. This leapfrogged them into 1st place with 186 points.

How will Mercy fare at Eurovision?

A song in the alternative genre, ‘Mercy’ is easy to listen to, with soothing guitar and an infectious rhythm the highlights of the composition. Although not a vocally demanding song, it is sung well and consistently. A clear hit with the fans, you would expect a lot of televotes in Lisbon for Madame Monsieur. However, jury votes will be a concern, as noticed in this Grand Final. If voting at Eurovision is anything like this evening, it is hard to predict how they would fare. What is known, though, is that the song is widely appreciated.

Watch their performance below…