Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Bilal won largely due to his super-fans: the Instagram and YouTube hoards who have become so obsessed with gender and identity.
The winner of this year’s Destination Eurovision is Bilal Hassani with the song Roi.
Bilal was the early market leader before being quickly dethroned by Seemone following what was a messy semi-final performance. Support for Seemone was somewhat shortsighted too, as Tous les Deux was too arty-farty, too dull and too much like last year’s entry in lacking a call to action in the form of a visual or musical hook. If N’oubliez Pas wasn’t supported by juries and televoters, why would Tous les Deux be any different? Even Et s’il fallait le faire only finished 17th on the televote in 2009. And then we have the similarly styled, though arguably more accessible, Blackbird from 2017 which failed to qualify for Finland. An audience needs to see a glimmer of hope amid 3-minutes of despair and sadness.
So back to Bilal, who incredibly failed to register a single maximum 12-points from any of the 10 jurors involved in the Destination Eurovision final. I say incredible, it was a deserving indictment of what was a sub-standard vocal performance on the night. Bilal won largely due to his super-fans: the Instagram and YouTube millennials who have become so obsessed with gender and identity that literally any twink could crank up the androgyny dial to 11, sing some empowering platitudes and romp the televote. That televote will not sustain Bilal in Tel Aviv, so France look set to return to the Eurovision bottom-5 subject to them improving the staging and vocal mix.
Bilal also won because he had the strongest USP in what was a fairly tame lineup. And to be fair to Madame Monsieur, their song is fine as a Contest or radio track, it’s just that Bilal isn’t a compelling enough performer to deliver the required impact.