Mercy (Madame Monsieur song)

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Mercy - Madame Monsieur.jpeg
Single by Madame Monsieur
from the album Vu d'ici
Released20 January 2018
FormatDigital download
  • Low Wood
  • Play Two
  • Émilie Satt
  • Jean-Karl Lucas
Madame Monsieur singles chronology
"Comme une reine"
Audio sample
Music video
"Mercy" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry
  • Émilie Satt
  • Jean-Karl Lucas
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Requiem" (2017)   
"Roi" (2019) ►

"Mercy" is a song written and performed by French duo Madame Monsieur. The song was released as a digital download on 20 January 2018 through Low Wood and Play Two as the lead single from their second studio album Vu d'ici (2018). It represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.


"Mercy" was written and produced by Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas. The song is about a girl named Mercy who was born to Nigerian refugees on a boat on the Mediterranean Sea in the midst of the European migrant crisis.[1][2][3][4][5] It is a play with words using the French word "merci" meaning "thanks" but also "mercy" like the English word and first name.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 1 January 2018, Madame Monsieur were confirmed as one of the 18 participants in Destination Eurovision with the song "Mercy".[6][7][8] They advanced from the second semi-final on 20 January, after placing first with the international jury and tying for first with the Francophone jury.[9][10][11] They went on to compete in the final on 27 January, placing third with the international juries but winning a landslide share of the vote from the French public, amassing enough points to win the competition.[12]

As France is a member of the "Big Five", the song automatically advanced to the final, held on 12 May 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.[13][14]

At the Eurovision Grand Final, they won the Press Marcel Bezençon Award, by being voted the best entry by the accredited media and press at the event. They finished 13th overall out of 43 participating countries.

Commercial performance[edit]

The single started at number 8 on top singles sales in France.[15] The next week, it peaked at number 3.[16] After the Grand Final, the song rose to number 2.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[18]


Chart (2018) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[19] 36
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[20] 10
France (SNEP)[21] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 90

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 20 January 2018 Digital download
  • Low Wood
  • Play Two


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  3. ^ Dearden, Lizzie (21 March 2017). "Woman gives birth to baby girl on refugee rescue boat as charities brace for spring surge". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  4. ^ Migrants, Info (8 January 2018). "Mercy, the migrant baby who inspired a song for the Eurovision Song Contest". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ "First reaction of Madame Monsieur after winning Destination Eurovision". YouTube. 28 January 2018.
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  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 January 2018). "France: Destination Eurovision Viewing Figures Fall By 400,000".
  11. ^ Tas, Robin (21 January 2018). "Madame Monsieur wins and joins Malo' in French Destination Eurovision final".
  12. ^ Savage, William (27 January 2018). "Madame Monsieur win Destination Eurovision". EuroVisionary. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Lisbon revealed as Host City of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  14. ^ Jordan, Paul (12 January 2018). "All Aboard for the Semi-Final Allocation Draw". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP". SNEP (in French). 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  16. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP". SNEP (in French). 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  17. ^ "Meilleures ventes de Singles et Titres en France (Top Singles)". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  18. ^ "Mercy - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  19. ^ " – Madame Monsieur – Mercy" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  20. ^ " – Madame Monsieur – Mercy" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  21. ^ " – Madame Monsieur – Mercy" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 18 May 2018.