Tonight, France will choose its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Eight finalists will compete in the final of Destination Eurovision. The winner will be chosen by a combination of jury votes and televotes. The jury consists of ten international juries and three francophone jury members.

The videos in this post come from the official YouTube-channel Destination Eurovision and include jury reactions from the semi-finals.

Louka with Mamma Mia

Based on the studio version, this is a great song. It’s very approachable and quite suitable for Eurovision. It’s not a typical “performance song” but it would do great on the radio. A possible revamp could really lift it up to the next level. Unfortunately, the live version of the song really disappoints. The performance in the semi-final was weak and I hope he will have improved that tonight. 7/10

Max Cinnamon with Ailleurs

Since I couldn’t find a studio version of this song on YouTube I can only judge the live version from the semi-final and to be honest that’s the version that really matters. This song is very unoriginal. There are like thousands of songs similar to this one. I don’t know if it was the live version or just his regular vocals but I didn’t like them. His voice doesn’t carry the song. 5/10

Emmy Liyana with OK ou KO

I have mixed feelings about this song. It’s strong and weak at the same time. The beginning is great and very promising. As the song continues, that feeling kind of fades for me. Especially the chorus, it doesn’t do it for me. I don’t have anything bad to say about her vocals, but I do wonder what it would sound like without the backing vocals. It’s a good song but not a winner. 7/10

Madame Monsieur with Mercy

After the semi-finals, this was the only song that got stuck in my head. I don’t know if that means it’s my favourite but I have to say it really is a great song. The vocals during the chrous are so clear, I love that part. I don’t know if it stands out enough to be on Eurovision but there certainly is something special about the song. The stage performance and the look of it could use some improvement but overall it’s got great potential. 8/10

Nassi with Rêves de gamin

While watching this performance during the semi-final I felt like this song was a favourite for many people. I think the melody of this song is great and to be honest he was one of the few contestants that had an actual performance. Too bad, his vocals were just bad. It feels like this song is too high for his voice. And to top that, it sounded like he was out of breath the entire song. I get that dancing and singing at the same time is tiring but he should really do something about that. 6/10

Lisandro Cuxi with Eva

I feel like this is the absolute favourite of the night. Along with Nassi he had one of the few more prepared performances. I feel like this song has already reached its limit. In the revamp they will probably add more English to the song, but I don’t know if that would change it that much. The chorus already is in English, a typical thing for France at Eurovision. And I do expect this song to win and I wouldn’t really mind either but I’m curious to see what will happen with it on a bigger stage. 8/10

Igit with Lisboa Jerusalem

This song is so French that it’s ridiculous. I get that this song and the performance in itself, want to be unconventional and different but because of that intention it does the complete opposite. This song isn’t new, it isn’t special. Apart from that, the song isn’t bad at all. I quite like the vibe of the song, it’s just not good enough compared to other contestants. 6/10

Malo’ with Ciao

First thing I want to say is that this song and his voice reminds me of the Belgian singer Ozark Henry so much. It’s like an exact copy of his style. Anyway, that style is nothing for me. I don’t like that artsy voice or performance. But I do have to say he probably had the best performance of all contestants. Too bad for him but his stage presence doesn’t make up for the rather boring song. 5/10