Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Strip away the message and there's not much left beyond a bit of background music.
Following two semi-finals, tonight’s Destination Eurovision final delivered the second song for Lisbon.
One of the early favourites, Madame Monsieur, won with the song, Mercy having overtaken jury favourite, Lisandro Cuxi, with the televote.
When the jury voting is so varied, it suggests the strength of the songs on offer is limited. Each of the top-5 songs had major weaknesses when considering their suitability for Eurovision.
- Lisboa Jérusalem was too esotric to attract widespread appeal.
- Emmy Liyana always appeared more popular than she actually was. OK ou KO wouldn’t have escaped the bottom-5 at Eurovision.
- Malo had potential, but without a significant step forward, Ciao would have mirroed The Makemakes’ result from 2015.
- Lisandro’s Eva failed to deliver a hook, even though it was very well performed.
So overall, the result is hardly surprising given the weakness of Lisandro’s song. To Madame Monsieur’s credit, Mercy resonated with the French viewers and performed much stronger on iTunes than Eva. Nevertheless, the subdued, understated nature of Mercy is a concern going forward.
In a field of 26-songs, how does Mercy attract enough support to challenge for a top-10 finish?
The undeniable suffering of refugees is both an upsetting and raw topic in Europe at the moment and I’m certain national commentators will share the song’s message during May’s final. But beyond the song’s introduction, how do non-French speakers relate to the song beyond the word “Mercy”? If I was watching at home without prior knowledge of this duo, my initial thought would be: why is that bloke with the guitar so prominant when he brings so little to the performance? And why is he bopping to a song about refugees? The optics are not right. 🤔
Émilie does act the song well, but beyond the prominance of the subject matter, I can’t make a case for Europe backing France’s cause. Strip away the message and there’s not much left beyond a bit of background music.
Given this is only the second song chosen, it’s tricky to work out how Madame Monsieur will fair in the final, but at this stage there could be a deluge of emosh ballads vying for Salvador’s affections at the church of ‘Music that Matters’. However, with another political song in the running in Italy, the pews may get a little crowded. Top-10 is a possibility with marked improvement, but in current form 12th-17th.
- Has a message that commentators will discuss
- Could benefit from a compelling stage concept
- Non-French speakers and those outside ESC bubble won’t get it
- The song lacks a moment or strong connection with viewers
- France’s most recent staging concepts were dire
Are Madame Monsieur at the Mercy of Eurovision’s televoters?