France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country France
National selection
Selection processEurovision France, c'est vous qui décidez !
Selection date(s)5 March 2022
Selected entrantAlvan and Ahez
Selected song"Fulenn"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Marine Lavigne
  • Alvan Morvan Rosius
Finals performance
Final result24th, 17 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

France participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with "Fulenn" performed by Alvan and Ahez. The French broadcaster France Télévisions organised the national final Eurovision France, c'est vous qui décidez ! in order to select the French entry for the 2022 contest. Twelve songs competed in the national final on 5 March 2022, where the winner was selected over two rounds of voting.[1]


Prior to the 2022 contest, France has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-three times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest.[2] France first won the contest in 1958 with "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. In the 1960s, they won three times, with "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, "Un premier amour" performed by Isabelle Aubret in 1962 and "Un jour, un enfant" performed by Frida Boccara, who won in 1969 in a four-way tie with the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. France's fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant". France has also finished second five times, with Paule Desjardins in 1957, Catherine Ferry in 1976, Joëlle Ursull in 1990, Amina in 1991 (who lost out to Sweden's Carola in a tie-break), and Barbara Pravi in 2021. In the 21st century, France has had less success, only making the top ten five times, with Natasha St-Pier finishing fourth in 2001, Sandrine François finishing fifth in 2002, Patricia Kaas finishing eighth in 2009, Amir finishing sixth in 2016, and Pravi finishing second in 2021 with 499 points.

The French national broadcaster, France Télévisions, broadcasts the event within the country and delegates the selection of the nation's entry to the television channel France 2. The French broadcaster has used both national finals and internal selection to choose the national entry in the past. The 2018 and 2019 French entries were selected via the national final Destination Eurovision, while in 2021, the new format Eurovision France, c'est vous qui décidez ! was used as the national selection.

Before Eurovision

Eurovision France, c'est vous qui décidez !

Eurovision France, c'est vous qui décidez ! ("Eurovision France, it's you who decide!") was the national final organised by France 2 to select France's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[3] The competition took place on 5 March 2022 at the France Télévisions studios in Saint-Denis, hosted by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini.[4][5][6] The show was broadcast on France 2, TV5Monde and TV5 Québec Canada on a time delay as well as online via France Télévisions and TV5Monde's official websites and, respectively.[7][8] The national final was watched by 1.47 million viewers in France with a market share of 8.8%.[9]


The format of the national final consists of a live final on 5 March 2022 where the winner was selected over two rounds of voting.[10] Twelve entries competed in the first round, from which five was selected exclusively by public televoting to advance to the second round, the superfinal. A ten-member Francophone and international jury panel then selected a wildcard entry from the remaining seven entries to proceed to the superfinal. In the superfinal, the winner was determined by the combination of public televoting (50%) and the ten-member jury panel (50%).[11] The public and the juries each had a total of 420 points to award, with each jury member awarding 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points to their top six entries. Viewers were able to vote via telephone and SMS voting which also accepted international votes, with the public vote awarding 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 points to their top six songs.

The jury panel consisted of:[12]

Competing entries

France 2 opened a submission period on 21 June 2021 in order for interested artists and songwriters to submit their proposals through an online submission form up until the deadline on 24 October 2021. Songs were required to contain at least 70% French language or French regional language lyrics with a free language allowance for the remaining lyrics.[1] At the closing of the deadline, the French broadcaster received 3,000 submissions.[13] Auditions which featured entries shortlisted from the received submissions took place starting on 6 January 2022 at the Apollo Theatre in Paris, and the twelve entries selected to compete in the national final were announced on 16 February 2022.[14][15][16]


The final took place on 5 March 2022. Twelve entries competed and the winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top five entries as determined exclusively by public televoting advanced to the second round, the superfinal. "Ma famille" performed by Cyprien Zeni was awarded the wildcard by a Francophone and international ten-member jury panel from the remaining seven entries to proceed to the superfinal. Immediately after the artists concluded their performances, a number was shown which denoted the amount of jury members who liked the song, however the results were symbolic and did not affect the voting. In the superfinal, the winner, "Fulenn" performed by Alvan and Ahez, was determined by the combination of public televoting and the ten-member jury.

In addition to performing their contest entry, the twelve artists performed the song "Imagine" by John Lennon in support of the Ukrainian people affected by the Russian invasion of the country, preceded by a message from Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest 2016 winner Jamala. Barbara Pravi, who represented France in the 2021 Contest, performed her song "Voilà" as the interval act of the show.

Final – 5 March 2022[17]
Draw Artist Song Language Songwriter(s) Likes Result
1 Soa "Seule" French[a] LudySoa, NathanSoa 8 Advanced
2 Joan "Madame" French Joan, Alex Finkin 7 Eliminated
3 Saam "Il est où ?" French Saam, Ness, Charles Boccara 6 Eliminated
4 Elia "Téléphone" French Elia, Anibeatz 8 Eliminated
5 Marius "Les chansons d'amour" French Marius Niollet, Igit [fr], Jonathan Cagne 8 Advanced
6 Hélène in Paris "Paris mon amour" French[b] Hélène Benhamou, Virginie Lesdemia, David Lefèvre 6 Eliminated
7 Joanna "Navigateure" French Joanna Fouquet, Sutus, Gaspard Murphy 7 Eliminated
8 Alvan and Ahez "Fulenn" Breton Marine Lavigne, Alvan Morvan Rosius 9 Advanced
9 Julia "Chut" French Julia Fiquet, Alban Lico, Fabien Mettay, Anton Wick 5 Eliminated
10 Cyprien Zeni "Ma famille" French, Réunion Creole Cyprien Zeni, Stéphane Petrequi, Nicolas Lassus 7 Wildcard
11 Pauline Chagne "Nuit Pauline" French Pauline Chagne, Antonin Tardy 9 Advanced
12 Elliott "La tempête" French Elliott Schmitt, François Welgryn [fr], Aliose [fr], Gaspard Murphy 6 Advanced
Superfinal – 5 March 2022
Artist Song Jury Televote Points Place
Alvan and Ahez "Fulenn" 102 120 222 1
Cyprien Zeni "Ma famille" 74 20 94 5
Elliott "La tempête" 32 60 92 6
Marius "Les chansons d'amour" 80 40 120 4
Pauline Chagne "Nuit Pauline" 72 100 172 2
Soa "Seule" 60 80 140 3
Song Jenifer G. Tears Yseult A. Manoukian A. Galiana J. Jonathan C. Féraud E. Gossuin Nicoletta S. Jules Place Points
"Seule" 6 2 6 4 10 10 6 6 2 8 5 60
"Les chansons d'amour" 10 8 4 10 8 12 4 4 8 12 2 80
"Fulenn" 12 6 10 12 12 8 12 12 12 6 1 102
"Ma famille" 8 4 12 6 6 4 10 10 10 4 3 74
"Nuit Pauline" 2 12 8 8 4 6 8 8 6 10 4 72
"La tempête" 4 10 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 6 32

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete in the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. As a member of the "Big Five", France automatically qualifies to compete in the final on 14 May 2022. France is set to perform in the first half of the final.[18] In addition to its participation in the final, France is also required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals. This was decided via a draw held during the semi-final allocation draw on 25 January 2022, when it was announced that France will be voting in the first semi-final.[19]


Points awarded to France

Points awarded to France (Final)[20]
Score Televote Jury
12 points
10 points
8 points
7 points  Armenia
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point

Points awarded by France


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