Let’s face it, for all the complaining that the Big 5 have it easy at the Eurovision Song Contest, it’s actually not so glamourous. Sure they get an automatic spot in the final, but for many years this didn’t translate into placing on the scoreboard!
In this new series, ‘Best of the Big 5’, Eurovision Ireland are going to put the spotlight on the contest’s major financial contributors and find out just who is your favourite for each country.
But as voting for 50+ songs for each member of the Big 5 would be a mammoth task, we’ll make it easier for you and split them down into 2 semi finals a la the contest, then combine these results for a final. Spain, Italy and Germany have all had their turn, our penultimate stop on the Best of the Big 5 is France!
23-26-25-6-12-13-16… when you consider there was a time when France could literally just turn up at the contest and get good result, their more recent placings seem all the more disappointing. Within their first 7 years of taking part at Eurovision, France had secured 3 victories and only scored outside the Top 5 4 times during their first 20 appearances – so despite recent results, they’re a force to be reckoned with!
With 62 years worth of songs representing France at Eurovision, we’ve split them down the middle by odd and even numbers, depending on what year they entered the contest. So these are the Odd Year Entries – songs that participated in years ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9.
Your favourite not here? Don’t worry! Even Year Entries will come next week! The Top 10 entries from both semi finals will then go on to the grand final. Who do you want to join Texas Lightening, Mahmood and Pastora Soler in the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame? Start voting now!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland