France 2011

France participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through an internal selection, organised by the French broadcaster France 3.

Selection process

On 6 December, Bruno Berberes, the Head of Delegation for France for the tenth time, confirmed the French participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 to eurovision-fr.net.[1]

Amaury Vassili performing at the Eurovision Song Contest final on 14 May 2011

The choice of the artist was internal, just like in the three previous years.[2] The French public broadcasting corporation was still interested in carrying out an open and televised Eurovision selection for the 2012 Contest.[3] A national final in 2011 was also rumoured.[4]

Amaury Vassili was confirmed as the French representative on February 4.[5] His song « Sognu » was the second French Eurovision entry to be sung in Corsican, after Mama Corsica in 1993.[6]

At Eurovision

France automatically qualified for the final on 14 May 2011, as part of the « Big Five ». Amaury Vassili performed 11th on the night, and obtained 15th place with 82 points, despite being a bookmarker’s favourite for winning along with Azerbaijan, United Kingdom and Ireland. Belgium and Greece awarded their maximum 12 points to France in the Final.

Points awarded by 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

References

  1. ^ Al Kaziri, Ghassan (2010-12-06). « EUROVISION 2011 – Russia and France confirm participation ». Oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ Hondal, Victor (2011-01-06). « France Télévisions rule out national final for 2011 ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ Hondal, Victor (2010-12-06). « France to compete in Eurovision 2011 ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  4. ^ Hondal, Victor (2010-12-28). « France: National final to choose 2011 representative? ». EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  5. ^ Eurovision : Amaury Vassili chantera pour la France
  6. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-02-04). « France to bring Corsican language on the Eurovision stage ». ESCToday. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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