France in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

For the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, held in Jerusalem, France entered "Je veux donner ma voix" to compete, performed by Nayah. Television channel France 2 was originally in charge of the French participation, however it was later changed to France 3 due to the broadcast of the French Rugby League Championship which conflicted with the date for the final. France 3 opted to choose their entry via public selection, marking the first time since 1987 France held a national final to select their entry.

Eurovision Song Contest 1999
Country France
National selection
Selection processEurovision 1999: la sélection
Selection date(s)2 March 1999
Selected entrantNayah
Selected song"Je veux donner ma voix"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Pascal Graczyk
  • René Colombies
  • Gilles Arcens
  • Luigi Rutigliano
Finals performance
Final result19th, 14 points
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Eurovision 1999: la sélectionEdit

Eurovision 1999: la sélection was the national final organised by France 3 to select France's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1999. The competition took place on 2 March 1999 at the L'Olympia in Paris and hosted by Julien Lepers and Karen Cheryl. The show was broadcast on France 3.

Competing entriesEdit

From 600 submissions originally received by France 2, a two-member selection committee reviewed the received submissions and selected twelve entries to compete in the national final. The selection committee consisted of Monique Le Marcis (former RTL Head of Musical Programming) and Catherine Régnier (M6 music programmer).[1]

Artist Song Language Songwriter(s)
Alex "Les droits de l'âme" French, Breton Patrick Lemaître, Dominique Valls
Anath "Go Ahead" French, Hebrew Anath, Frank Marchal
Caractère "Douce" French Billy Mann, Gregory Agathe, Shandra Simmons, Carmen Brown
Ginie Line "La même histoire" French Chantal Péraldi, Clay Suddath
Israhn "Ihtidael" Arabic Israhn
Karine Trécy "Euroland" French Martial Kool Louis, Georges Padey, Thierry Sforza
Kukumiku "Irradaka" Basque Kukumiku, Populaire, Béreau
Mo and La Gazo "Gazoline" French Mo, La Gazo
Nathalie Marine "C'est souvent ça l'amour" French Didier Barbelivien
Nayah "Je veux donner ma voix" French Gilles Arcens, Luigi Rutigliano, René Colombies, Pascal Graczyk
Pedro Alves "Plus jamais, Never More" French Gianni Mancuso, Claude Lemesle
Uni.T "Euro Song" French Serge Prisset


The final took place on 2 March 1999. Twelve entries competed and the winner, "Je veux donner ma voix" performed by Nayah, was selected by the combination of public televoting (50%) and a jury panel (50%). The jury panel consisted of Gilbert Bécaud, Marie Myriam, Jocelyne Béroard, Lââm, Sandy Valentino, Richard Cocciante, Jean-Pierre Bouryayre, Laurent Petitguillaume, Jean-Michel Boris and Jean Réveillon, with each member assigning scores to each entry ranging from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). The rankings of each half were used to calculate the result; hence, the song with the lowest total won. There was a tie for first place between Ginie Line and Nayah; however, Nayah won as she received the most votes from the public.[2]

Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Votes Points
1 Alex "Les droits de l'âme" 58 7 4,497 2 9 4
2 Karine Trécy "Euroland" 44 11 482 11 22 12
3 Caractère "Douce" 90 2 1,438 7 9 5
4 Nathalie Marine "C'est souvent ça l'amour" 66 6 1,680 6 12 6
5 Pedro Alves "Plus jamais, Never More" 89 3 3,725 3 6 3
6 Anath "Go Ahead" 58 7 1,186 8 15 7
7 Kukumiku "Irradaka" 48 10 1,084 9 19 10
8 Ginie Line "La même histoire" 94 1 3,457 4 5 2
9 Mo and La Gazo "Gazoline" 72 5 378 12 17 9
10 Nayah "Je veux donner ma voix" 85 4 11,521 1 5 1
11 Israhn "Ihtidael" 50 9 862 10 19 11
12 Uni.T "Euro Song" 26 12 2,153 5 17 8

At EurovisionEdit

Nayah performed 10th in the running order of the contest, following Denmark and preceding the Netherlands. At the close of the voting she received 14 points, placing 19th of 23.[3]



  1. ^ "La France et ses sélections : 1999". EAQ (in French).
  2. ^ "Nationale finale Frankrijk 1999".
  3. ^ "Final of Jerusalem 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Jerusalem 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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