Thanks to the historic victory of Salvador Sobral last year, the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Cristiano Ronaldo’s country.
For the French, the time has come to put in a good show and win the prize which has eluded them since 1977. For that matter, this year, France have organized a televised contest to choose the artiste that will represent the country at Eurovision in Lisbon, Portugal come May.
The semi-final stage of the show, named “Destination Eurovision”, was aired in two parts on January 13th and 20th with a total of 18 contestants competing to win the votes of the international and local jury. On each of these two days, the public saw four names reach the final scheduled to be broadcast live on Saturday, January 27th.
Destination Eurovision’s final line-up:
Leur destin est désormais entre vos mains… Ils ne sont plus que 8 artistes en compétition !
Votez pour votre titre préféré, samedi à 20H55 sur @france2tv !#DestinationEurovision, la finale : rien ne se fera sans vous !! pic.twitter.com/T2QKpvZQUA
— Eurovision France (@EurovisionF2) January 25, 2018
Ahead of this much-anticipated showdown on France 2, the eight finalists were quizzed about their knowledge of the world’s biggest music competition. Among the questions was the following:
“If I tell you, ‘Portugal’, what do you think of?”
To which the singers replied:
“Vacations, Cristiano Ronaldo.” – Portuguese-born and hot favorite Lisandro Cuxi with his song, “Eva”.
“Siiiiiuuuu!” screamed Louka, who did just enough to qualify for the final with “Mamma Mia”.
“Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Nassi, best known for his single “La vie est belle” which has surpassed 28 million views and counting on Youtube.
Forward to 0:39 to watch that part of the Destination Eurovision quiz:
Nous avons testé nos 8 finalistes sur leur connaissance de l'Eurovision! Et vous connaisez-vous toutes les réponses ? ?
Posted by Eurovision France on Friday, January 26, 2018
It is not the first time that Cristiano Ronaldo’s name is linked to Eurovision. When titleholder Salvador Sobral triumphed in Ukraine with “Amar pelos dois”, he told the press:
“I do not feel like a national hero. That’s for Ronaldo.”