The battle: Mathieu versus Bertrand.
The guests: Florent Pagny, Christophe Maé, Hélène Ségara, Blue Man Group, Plain White T's, Sheila - along with next week's semi-finalists, Quentin and Claire-Marie.
The verdict: Just not good enough. It was (IMHO) possibly the worst semi-final I'd seen/heard in all my years following Star Ac. Although Mathieu has strong public support - possibly as a reaction to his multiple nominations - and a good, marketable r'n'b-style image, he doesn't have the personality or vocal talent to match. Bertrand does have a big personality and matching dress sense, but again he lacks the magic you'd expect from a semi-finalist. Reiterating what I said last week, the standard should be exceptional at this stage - but it fell well short of that.
Over this series there has also been an increased number of songs sung in the English language, which I felt haven't always shown the contestants' singing talents to the full.
Last night also saw the return of directrice Alexia Laroche-Joubert to the prime following her (very brief) period of maternity leave.
After a number of 'battles' to test the semi-finalists' various abilities, the results were finally revealed.
Mathieu is in the final but who will join him?
Fingers crossed that it's Quentin.