French broadcaster France 3 has confirmed to esctoday.com that the 2014 French Eurovision national final will be aired on Sunday 26 January where a total of 3 acts will premiere their respective entries in their bid to win the golden ticket to Copenhagen. The 2014 French Eurovision representative will be announced on March 2 by Natasha St.Piere on Chansons D’Aboard.
The 2014 French Eurovision final will be aired live at 17 hrs on the Chansons D’Aboard show which will be hosted by former Frech Eurovision representative Natasha St.Piere (France 2001). The 2014 French Eurovision entry and representative will be selected via 50/50 jury televoting deliberation.
French viewers will have the chance to vote for their favourite entry during 4 weeks. The public vote will count for 50% of the final deliberation. Voting will run from 26 January- 23 February. The winner will be revealed on March 2 by Natasha St. Piere on her show.
The 3 candidates will receive massive exposure as their songs will be aired constantly during the 4 weeks on France 3 and France Bleu. The French public will get the chance to get to know the 3 candidates and their respective entries.
A special committee composed of 14 people from France 3, France Bleau, the music industry and 1 Eurovision fan along with 1 television viewer will have the responsibility of selecting the 3 entries that will compete in the 2014 French national final. The jury members will meet in the end of November in order to evaluate all the potential bidding entries and select the lucky 3 for the final.
France Bleu, will be the radio station that will collaborate with France 3 for the 2014 French Eurovision project. The French radio station will be involved in the pre-selection of 3 potential entries and in January will be inviting its listeners to vote and choose the 2014 French Eurovision representative under the partnership with French broadcaster France 3. The 3 competing entries will feature on France Bleu’s radio show France blue music: magazine (Saturday and Sunday 14: 00 / 16: 00). Finally, a special device will be set up at the beginning of May during the week prior to the Eurovision Song Contest, and the grand final. This device will be backed up and relayed on the radio station’s official website francebleu.fr and on its various social media networks.
Natasha St. Piere will also be the 2014 French commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen along with Cyril Feraud. She will be replacing Mireille Dumas. Natasha St. Piere represented France at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhangen, achieving a 4th place. She will be back in Copenhagen after 14 years for Eurovision, but this time as a commentator.
Amandine Bourgeoius represented France at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with L’Enfer et moi.
France debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and was one of the founding members of the event. The country has won the contest 5 times (1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977), whilst has hosted the event 3 times (1959 and 1961 in Cannes, 1978 in Paris)
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