French qualifiers

Tonight we saw the first of the "Big Five" in action with France taking to our televisions/internets/phones etc and giving us a damn fine show.

After learning a lot about how to stage a decent selection, France 2 and ITV Studios Paris kept to the same formula and presented the first Semi Final of Destination Eurovision 2019.

Nine acts were whittled down to four after they sung their Eurovision songs and a couple of minutes of one of their faves, The "expert" panel and an international jury had a 50-50 say in the result shown below and, as you can readily see, the top 4 qualified for the live final on the 26th January.

SongPerformer (S)TelevoteJuryTotalPsn 
Le brasierNaestro812209
In the ShadowFlorina210218
Là-hautChimène Badi4422662Q
PassiòBattista Acquaviva292317
Le petit NicolasSilvàn Areg2138593Q
RoiBilal Hassani57581151Q
Comme une grandeAysat634404Q
J'ai pas le tempsLautner926355
OulalaMazy1518336

My only gripe is that this spectacular was timed for 165 minutes, surely that is too long for 9 songs and a bit of the old casting of votes?

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