Portugal’s national broadcaster, RTP, confirmed that the country will participate in Eurovision 2023. At the same time, it gave an official announcement regarding the submissions for Festival da Canção 2023. They are opening for the artists that are interested.
Like last year, the Festival will host 20 acts, 16 songs of those being written from songwriters of different genres invited by RTP. The remaining 4 will be selected by the open submission process.
O #FestivaldaCanção 2023 volta a acolher 20 canções inéditas: 16 por convite da RTP e 4 no âmbito da livre submissão.
📅A receção de canções está aberta a partir de hoje (2 de setembro) e até ao dia 21 de outubro.
— RTP (@rtppt) September 2, 2022
The applications are open from today, September 2nd, until 21st of October under the following rules:
- Every Portugese resident, regardless of having the Portugese nationality or not, is eligible for competing. This includes the Portugese not residing in Portugal.
- Those interested must provide their demo song files to RTP at firstname.lastname@example.org, accompanied by various data (specified in the regulation).
Full rules can be read here
In Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Portugal was represented by MARO with the song “saudade, saudade”, finishing at 9th place. This marks the best placing Portugal has had since their only win in 2017, and remains one of the best Portugese results ever.