France: New Attitude for Broadcaster in 2013Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
France is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest by virtue of winning the competition five times but then again, their last victory came at the hands of Marie Myriam with the track L'oiseau et l'enfant way back in 1977 when the juries had a one hundred percent say in the final results and the music was played live by an orchestra. There have been a lot of changes to the event since then as well as the participation of the country with the broadcasting agency also changing hands through France Televisions. The latest host of the Eurovision Song Contest is France 3 and since having taken up the role in 1999, their results have not really been all that positive, noting only three top ten results since then, those coming in 2001, 2002 and 2009 but nevertheless, they are ready to face the challenge with a brand new attitude as they confirm their participation in Sweden where the event will be hosted next year.
Thierry Laglois said that France will not quite the Eurovision Song Contest for two particular reasons, the first being that they are one of the founders of the European Broadcasting Union and the second one being that the event is the best way to reach their respective audience noting that last Saturday there were four (4) million people who saw the event. It seems that they will not be vying to get more well known artists with Langlois adding 'we cannot afford known personalities to suffer such setbacks'. This comes to light following an interview that Anggun gave following the Eurovision Song Contest where she stated that she was humiliated by the result. It seems that Bruno Berberes' initial idea for 2013 will come into play as a national final featuring up and coming acts will be taking place next year although this is still to be confirmed by France 3. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: France 3