France 1999

For the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, held in Jerusalem, Israel, France entered « Je Veux Donner Ma Voix » to compete, performed by Nayah.

For the first time since 1987, the French held a national final to select their entry. The final was held on March 2, 1999 at L’Olympia in Paris. It was hosted by Julien Lepers and Karen Cheryl. There were 12 songs in the final, with the winning song chosen by a 50/50 mix of televoting and « expert » jury. This led to a tie between Nayah and Ginie Line, which was solved by giving the televoting score precedence, which meant that Nayah won. As well as French, there were also songs in Arabic, Basque and Hebrew.

National final

Draw Song Artist Jury (Points) Televotes
(Points)
Total
Points
Place
1 Les Droits De L’Âme Alex 58 (7) 4497 (2) 9 4
2 Euroland Karine Trécy 44 (11) 482 (11) 22 12
3 Douce Caractère 90 (2) 1438 (7) 9 4
4 C’Est Souvent Ça L’Amour Nathalie Marine 66 (6) 1680 (6) 12 6
5 Plus Jamais, Never More Pedro Alves 89 (3) 3725 (3) 6 3
6 Go Ahead Anath 58 (7) 1186 (8) 15 7
7 Irradaka Kukumiku 48 (10) 1084 (9) 19 10
8 La Même Histoire Ginie Line 94 (1) 3457 (4) 5 2
9 Gazoline Mo & La Gazo 72 (5) 378 (12) 17 9
10 Je Veux Donner Ma Voix Nayah 85 (4) 11521 (1) 5 1
11 Ihtidael Israhn 50 (9) 862 (10) 19 10
12 Euro Song Uni.T 26 (12) 2153 (5) 17 7

At Eurovision

Nayah performed 10th in the running order of the contest, following Denmark and preceding the Netherlands. At the close of the voting she received 14 points, placing 19th of 23.

Points Awarded by France

Final

12 points  Portugal
10 points  Israel
8 points  Germany
7 points  Croatia
6 points  Bosnia and Herzegovina
5 points  Turkey
4 points  Estonia
3 points  Sweden
2 points  Belgium
1 point  Slovenia

Points Awarded to France

Points Awarded to France (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

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