Tonight France hosted their coveted Eurovision national final from the France Télévisions studio located in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. The show was once again hosted by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini who hosted the 2021 edition.

The running order for tonight’s show was as follows:

  1. SOA – “Suele”
  2. Joan – “Madame”
  3. Saam – “Il est où?”
  4. Elia – “Téléphone”
  5. Marius – “Les chansons d’amour”
  6. Hélène in Paris – “Paris mon amour”
  7. Joana – “Navigateure”
  8. Alvan and Ahez – “Fulenn”
  9. Julia – “Chut”
  10. Cyprien Zeni – “Ma famille”
  11. Pauline Chagne – “Nuit Pauline”
  12. Elliott – “La tempête”

For those who may not have watched the show, Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez! utilizes a multi-tier process to select their winner and eventual Eurovision artist.

The Format

First the artists performed their song and received feedback and a “like” from the jury. The “like” represents the number of jury members who enjoyed the performance but do not impact the overall results of the show.

After all the performances were finished and televoting concluded, the top five entries moved directly to the superfinal. The televote superfinalists were as follows in announcement order:

  1. Marius
  2. Alvan and Ahez
  3. Elliott
  4. Pauline Chagne
  5. SOA

Then the remaining seven acts were at the mercy of the 10 member jury, who held the power to assign a wildcard for the superfinal. After a tense few moments and a lot of suspenseful music, it was announced that Cyprien Zeni won the jury wildcard and would also advance in the selection.

The Superfinal

In the superfinal, the remaining six songs would be voted on again to decide the winner using a 50% televote and 50% jury structure. The jury votes were revealed first and each jury member assigned a 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 points to the artists. When all the jury votes were counted Alvan and Ahez was in the lead by 102 points, 22 points ahead of the jury’s second place Marius.

And nothing changed when the public televote was announced, as the public also favored Alvan and Ahez, awarding them the maximum 120 points. The final results would come out to the following:

  1. Alvan and Ahez – 222 points
  2. Pauline Chagne – 172 points
  3. SOA – 140 points
  4. Marius – 120 points
  5.  Cyprien Zeni – 94 points
  6. Elliott – 92 points

With all the points awarded and announced, that means that Alvan and Ahez will represent France in Turin this coming May. They will have high expectations placed up them following Barbara Pravi’s second place in Rotterdam last year.

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