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. This time we’re taking a look at Even Year Entries – so France’s songs in years ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, including the song from the Eurovision that never was, Mon Alliée (The Best in Me) from 2020!
Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:
- Je N’ai Que Mon Âme (2001) – 266 points
- C’est Le Dernier Qui A Parlé Qui A Raison (1991) – 235 points
- Et S’il Fallait Le Faire (2009) – 229 points
- Requiem (2017) – 218 points
- L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant (1977) – 170 points
- N’oubliez Pas (2015) – 168 points
- Je Suis L’Enfant Soleil (1979) – 147 points
- Un Jour, Un Enfant (1969) – 144 points
- Chacun Pense À Soi (2005) – 112 points
- J’ai Volé La Vie (1989) – 111 points
Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now vote for this new selection! You can vote for up to 10 songs – we know we’re just that nice!
Next week, the Top 10 entries from both semi finals will go on to a grand final, which will then crown your favourite Eurovision entry from France!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland