Portugal: 437.000 viewers watched the First Semi-Final of Festival da Canção 2024!

The viewing figures for the first semi-final of the Festival da Canção 2024, the show that is going to determine Portugal’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, Sweden, have been released.

Festival da Canção 2024 commenced on Saturday night with an average of 437,000 viewers watching, representing 11% of the total audience. The maximum number of viewers was at 21:47 653,500 which corresponds to 13.7%. However, compared to last year, the total viewership was down by 0.4%, i.e. by 40,000 fewer viewers.

The six artists who qualified for the Festival da Canção 2024 final were:

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Portugal: The results of the first semi-final of the Festival da Canção 2024!

Portugal has begun the search for its representative and entry for Eurovision 2024. The Festival da Canção 2024 as the process followed by the country’s public television is called, consists of two semi-finals and a final. A few minutes ago, the first semi-final was completed, with six contestants advancing to the next stage of the final.

Presenters of the evening were Tânia Ribas de Oliveira, José Carlos Malato and Inês Lopes Gonçalves. 

The jury consisted of seven music professionals:

  • Gisela João – singer
  • Benjamim – musician
  • Lia Pereira – journalist
  • Miguel Esteves Cardoso – lyricist
  • Lura – singer
  • Pedro Oliveira – musician
  • Mimicat – Representing Portugal Eurovision 2023

The ten songs that claimed the six tickets to the grand final were:

Results:
The six finalists were determined 50% by the jury and 50% by the television audience. The exact ranking of the artists by both the jury and the audience was not announced at the end of the evening. The detailed results will be published after the end of the festival.

The six artists who qualified for the Festival da Canção 2024 final are:

See you next Saturday March 2 for the second semi-final of the Festival da Canção 2024.

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source: RTP

PREVIEW: Festival da Canção 2024, Chapter 1

The 2024 Song Contest begins today in an edition that celebrates the 60 years of existence of the Portuguese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The year was 1964 when António Calvário presented the song “Oração” in the first edition of the Festival da Canção, having represented Portugal in the European competition in Copenhagen…none other than the neighboring city of Malmo, where this year’s Eurovision will take place in May. At the time of its first European participation, Portugal failed to obtain any points with its song in the final vote, having shared last place with Germany, Yugoslavia and Switzerland. However, as they say in Portuguese, “Passado é passado” (Past stays in the past).

53 years after its Eurovision debut, Portugal achieved its first victory in the contest with a record of points still to be broken today. Since 2017, the Festival da Canção has brought Eurovision closer to the Portuguese music industry than ever before. From that year until today, almost all the main artists playing on Portuguese radio have been participating in Festival da Canção, inspired by Salvador Sobral’s victory with “Amar Pelos Dois”. And the fact is that since then Portugal has managed to bring to the competition a diversity of musical and artistic styles that have impressed Europe. What do Salvador Sobral, Cláudia Pascoal, Conan Osiris, Black Mamba, Maro and Mimicat have in common? They have all represented Portugal at Eurovision in the last seven years, following their respective victories at the Portuguese national selection. 6 participations, 1 victory, 3 songs in the top 12, and only one song that didn’t make it to the Eurovision Grand Final, “Telemóveis”, by Conan Osiris, which ironically were at the time one of the favorite songs to win the big victory in Rotterdam according to betting odds.

However, “Passado é passado”! A new page of the main Portuguese song contest starts today. 10 artists will present their songs at the RTP evening today, to be joined by another ten in the semi-final on Saturday next weekend. From each semi-final, 5 songs will be chosen by the public and the jury, in a 50/50 vote which will go on to the Grand Final on March 9th. And do you want to know the most interesting facts? Of the last seven winners of the Festival da Canção, six of them came from the 1st semi-final. So who will be competing today?

 

  1. Nena – “Teorias da Conspiração”
  2. Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui”
  3. Mela – “Água”
  4. Mila Flores – “Afia a Língua”
  5. Left. – “Volto a Ti”
  6. Rita Rocha – “Pontos Finais”
  7. Noble – “Memory”
  8. João Borsh – “…Pelas Costuras”
  9. Iolanda – Grito
  10. Bispo – Casa Portuguesa

 

Of the 10 names presented above, 3 of them are already well-known names on Portuguese radio. Nena, Noble and Bispo are by far the artists who go into tonight with a step forward due to some of their past songs being radio hits and, therefore, already having large legions of fans. However, interestingly, since the Festival da Canção was renewed in 2017, none of the fan-favorite artists have won the contest, which shows that this contest, in fact, only starts tonight… and until then, everything is just poor predictions.

For all this, it is also worth looking at the remaining artists who start tonight without the media favoritism of the three artists mentioned above. Iolanda, with the song “Grito”, is the one leading the betting odds to win this year’s Festival da Canção. Additionally, the song “…Pelas Costuras” by João Borsch is the winner of the OGAE Portugal vote for tonight. In turn, Rita Rocha presented herself to the public in 2021 on The Voice Kids, and gave voice to the song “Into the Void”, part of the soundtrack of the acclaimed Portuguese Netflix series, Rabo de Peixe. Mela, one of the artists chosen for the Festival da Canção through free submission, is also a former contestant on The Voice Portugal, and Mila Dores is a jazz singer, having won the “Young Jazz Musician award” given by the British promoters Jazz Yorkshire. LEFT, also chosen for free submission, already exceeds 20 million streams on Spotify with its discography and finally Perpétua is a group of four friends who made their debut in music in 2020 and are preparing their second album of originals this year.

 

The Festival da Canção has been an absolute revelation of national talent in recent years and one of the most unpredictable national finals in Europe. One thing we cannot deny: tastes aside, Portugal has brought quality to Eurovision lately, year after year, and we can’t wait to find out who will represent Portugal this year in Sweden! 

And you, what is your favorite song to win the Festival da Canção 2024? The first chapter of this frenetic annual story begins today!

 

Portugal: Tonight the first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2024!

The national finals of this year’s season are in their final stretch, with just three Saturdays left until the completion of all shows. Thus, another national selection process for determining a country’s representative in Eurovision 2024 kicks off today, with Festival da Canção 2024, which will determine the artist representing Portugal in Malmo.

Format

Festival da Canção 2024 consists of three shows, two semi-finals, and the grand final on March 9th, from which Portugal’s representative in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will emerge.

According to the festival’s regulations, ten artists will participate in each of the two semi-finals, with six advancing to the final. This means that twelve artists will compete in the grand final of the Portuguese national selection on March 9th.

The six artists who will advance to the final of the Festival will be determined through two rounds of voting. In the first round, the Portuguese audience and the jury will jointly decide (50/50) on the five out of six artists who will receive the ticket to the final.

The sixth and final ticket from each semi-final will be determined through a second round of voting, with the decision being made exclusively by Portuguese viewers.

The jury of the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024 consists of:

  • Gisela João (singer)
  • Benjamim (musician)
  • Lia Pereira (journalist)
  • Miguel Esteves Cardoso (lyricist)
  • Lura (singer)
  • Pedro Oliveira (musician)
  • Mimicat (Portugal’s representative at Eurovision 2023)

First Semi-final

The ten artists competing tonight in the first semi-final of the Portuguese music celebration are:

  1. Nena – Teorias da Conspiração” 
  2. Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui” 
  3. Mela – “Água”
  4. Mila Dores – “Afia a Língua” 
  5. Left – “Volto a Ti ” 
  6. Rita Rocha – “Pontos Finais” 
  7. Noble – “Memory” 
  8. João Borsch – “Pelas Costuras” 
  9. Iolanda – “Grito” 
  10. Bispo – “Casa Portuguesa” 

Inês Lopes Gonçalves will be the presenter in the green room, while Filomena Cautela & Vasco Palmeirim will be the main hosts of Festival da Canção 2024 in the Grand Final for the sixth year in a row.

The first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2024 starts at 22:05 CET and you can watch it through the website of the Portuguese public television by clicking HERE.

Last year’s winner of Festival da Canção and Portugal’s representative at Eurovision 2023 was Mimicat with the song “Ai coração,” which secured the 23rd place in the Grand Final, continuing the country’s streak of qualifications for the third consecutive year.

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Portugal: These are the judges of the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024!

Earlier today, RTP, the public broadcaster of Portugal, revealed the names of the judges for the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2024! Read more

Portugal: This is the Festival da Canção 2024 stage!

The public broadcaster of Portugal, released a while ago some pictures of the stage that will host the artists who will compete in Festival da Canção, the national final for Eurovision 2024.

This year’s festival will take place with 20 songs, that will be divided in the two Semi-Finals, 10 songs in each semi-final. Ten of which, are going to participate in the final, five from each semi-final. The results will be definded through the equal voting of the juries and the televoters (50% -50%), and in case of tie regarding the fifth qualifier the jury will define the result.

The host of the green room will be Inês Lopes Gonçalves while the hosts of the show for each Festival da Canção 2024 will be Filomena Cautela & Vasco Palmeirim.

The two Semi-Finals of Festival da Canção 2024 are set to take place on 24th of February and 2nd of March respectively, while the Grand Final, which will deterime the next representative of Portugal is going to take place on 9th of March 2024.

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Source: RTP

Portugal: The Running Order of the Semi-Finals of Festival da Canção 2024!

Just a few minutes ago, RTP, the public broadcaster of Portugal, announced the running order for the two semi-finals of this year’s Festival da Canção, through the official Instagram account of the festival.

The running order of the 20 artists competing in the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024 is as follows:

First Semi-Final (February 24, 2024)

  1. Nena – Teorias da Conspiração” 
  2. Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui” 
  3. Mela – “Água”
  4. Mila Dores – “Afia a Língua” 
  5. Left – “Volto a Ti ” 
  6. Rita Rocha – “Pontos Finais” 
  7. Noble – “Memory” 
  8. João Borsch – “Pelas Costuras” 
  9. Iolanda – “Grito” 
  10. Bispo – “Casa Portuguesa” 

Second Semi-Final (March 2, 2024)

  1. Buba Espinho – “O Farol” 
  2. Cristina Clara – “Primavera” 
  3. Léo Middea – “Doce Mistério”
  4. Filipa – “You Can’t Hide” 
  5. João Couto – “Quarto Para Um” 
  6. Huca – “Pé De Choro” 
  7. No Maka ft Ana Maria – “Aceitar” 
  8. Maria João – “Dia”
  9. Rita Onofre – “Criatura” 
  10. Silk Nobre – “Change” 

Festival da Canção 2024

Out of the 20 songs, ten artists will compete in each semi-final, while the final will feature 10 songs, with 5 coming from each semi-final. The result will be determined by a 50% combination of jury votes and televoting, with the jury having the final say in case of a tie in the qualification of the fifth entry from each semi-final.

Inês Lopes Gonçalves will be the host in the green room, while Filomena Cautela & Vasco Palmeirim will host the Festival da Canção 2024 Grand Final for the sixth consecutive year.

We remind you that the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024 will take place on February 24th and March 2nd, while the Grand Final, where we will learn Portugal‘s representative at Eurovision 2024, will be held on March 9th.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding Portugal‘s participation in Eurovision 2024.

Source: RTP

Portugal: The guests of Festival da Canção 2024

The public broadcaster of Portugal, announced the list of guest, that will step on stage of Festival da Canção, the national final for Eurovision 2024. The artists were announced in the past weeks, through the official Instagram account of the national final. Read more

Eurovision 2024: The Semi-Final Allocation Draw Results!

Malmö with a very nice event hosted a few minutes ago the draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

The analyzes of the fans and not only, have been on fire for a few minutes now. Since the theories based on the pre-history of the countries in the competition, it is a first insight into how passable the qualification to the final is or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions, about who will go through to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Malmö early…

The presenters and the handover ceremony

Presenters of the Eurovision 2024 semi-final draw were Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was also the presenter of the corresponding draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time. Both of them are part of the SVT staff, being some of the most beloved faces of the Swedish state broadcaster.

During the draw, the ceremony of handing over and accepting the emblem of the contest took place. The mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, formally handed over the “keys to the event” to the mayor of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.

Draw Procedure

Big 5 and Sweden

With the big winner of last year’s competition, Sweden, directly in the final, along with the Big 5 (UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain), the first part of the draw determined the semi-final that the direct finalists would vote for.

Will vote in the 1st Semi-Final:

  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany

Will vote in the 2nd Semi-Final:

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France

In the semi-final that the six aforementioned countries were drawn to broadcast and vote for, the video from their dress rehearsal will also be shown. This was done at Eurovision 2016 for the first time, for reasons of equal exposure of the countries directly in the final and the countries that qualify from the semi-finals. Essentially, viewers see each entry twice during the shows.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw

The allocation draw for the two semi-finals had two parts. In the first part the 31 countries participating in the semi-finals were drawn in which of the two they will compete in. Fifteen countries will compete in the first semi-final and sixteen in the second semi-final.

In the second part, each country learned whether it will appear in the first or second half of the semi-final in which it will compete. The exact order of appearance will be determined by the EBU and the show’s producers at a later date.

1st Semi-final (May 7):

1st Half

  • Ukraine
  • Cyprus
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Lithuania
  • Croatia
  • Ireland

2nd Half

  • Slovenia
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • Luxembourg
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Moldova

2nd Semi-Final (May 9):

1st Half

  • Austria
  • Malta
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Czechia
  • Albania
  • Denmark
  • Armenia

2nd Half

  • Israel
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Latvia
  • San Marino
  • Belgium

Malmö will host the 68th Eurovision Song Contest from 7 to 11 May at the Malmö Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organisers, is “United by Music“, retaining the motto first chosen for last year’s contest in Liverpool.

You can see the draw again through the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_-2hMEq5sk

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Eurovision 2024: Tonight the Allocation Draw!

At 19:00 CET and live from Malmö, Sweden, the draw for the Eurovision 2024 semi-finals will take place tonight.

During today’s event, there will also be a handover of the event’s banner from the city of Liverpool to the city of Malmö. For this reason, both the Mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, and the Mayor of the Swedish city, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, will be present at today’s draw.

The hosts

The hosts of tonight’s draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will be Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was the presenter of the equivalent draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time.

The draw procedure

The first part of the draw will determine which semi-final will be broadcast and voted for by each of the six countries that are directly in the final on 11 May (Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom).

The second part of the draw will determine which semi-final and which half the other 31 participating countries will compete in. As in recent years, the exact order of appearance will be determined by the event producers at a later date.

The 31 countries have been divided into five pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by Eurovision’s official voting partner, Digame.

Drawing countries from different pots aims to reduce the likelihood of so-called neighbour voting and increases the suspense in the semi-finals.

Pots

Pot 1
  • 🇦🇱 Albania
  • 🇦🇹 Austria
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia
Pot 2
  • 🇦🇺 Australia
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia
  • 🇫🇮 Finland
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland
  • 🇳🇴 Norway
Pot 3
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia
  • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia
  • 🇮🇱 Israel
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine
Pot 4
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus
  • 🇬🇷 Greece
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇲🇹 Malta
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino
Pot 5
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium
  • 🇨🇿 Czechia
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova
  • 🇵🇱 Poland

https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/1751972070479565001

So in the evening, we all tune in for the draw of the semi-finals of our favourite contest. You can watch the draw on the official Eurovision channel on YouTube.

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