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France Has Decided: It’s Barbara Pravi for Eurovision 2021

Barbara Pravi won the French national selection and will now go on to represent her country with ‘Voilà’.

France’s national selection Eurovision France: C’est Vous Qui Décidez (Eurovision France: You Decide) was broadcast live from Paris. Barbara Pravi was chosen out of 12 participants after she received the most votes from the audience and jury.

Barbara Pravi is a French singer-songwriter with Serbian and Iranian roots. The 27-year-old is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, or actually, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be more specific. She co-wrote the two most recent French entries for Junior Eurovision, Bim Bam Toi, which was performed by Carla, and J’imagine, performed by Valentina which won the contest in November 2020.

This year, France opted for a new concept and a new name for their national selection. Their internal selection process gave the following 12 acts a chance to compete in the Final:

  • LMK – Magique
  • Ali – Paris Me Dit
  • Casanova – Tutti
  • Barbara Pravi – Voilà
  • Cephaz – On A Mangé Le Soleil
  • Amui – Maeva
  • Andriamad – Alléluia
  • Philippine – Bah Non
  • Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime
  • 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-Tu Me Dire?
  • Terence James – Je T’Emmènerai Danser
  • Pony X – Amour Fou

The show consisted of 2 rounds. In the first round, the top 7 songs that received the most televotes qualified to the next stage. Then, one of the songs that didn’t make it through the first round, LMK, was selected by the jury to join them. The 8 finalists then competed in a second round of voting, where votes from the audience and the juries both accounted for 50%. Barbara Pravi was the winner of this final voting.

The show was hosted by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini and the jury was filled with Eurovision stars. It’s president was France’s 2016 artist Amir and it also included fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, Eurovision winners Marie Myriam and Duncan Laurence as well as former participants such as Natasha St-Pier (2001).

As a member of the Big 5, France will automatically qualify for the Grand Final in Eurovision 2021 and we look forward to seeing Barbara Pravi perform for France!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place in Ahoy, Rotterdam in The Netherlands on 19, 21 and 23 May 2021. Eurofans in New Zealand can watch all three shows live on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, without commentary.

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