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Portugal: The viewing numbers of the first semi-final!

With the first semi-final taking place yesterday, RTP, the public broadcaster of Portugal, revealed the viewing numbers of last night’s show! Read more

Portugal: The running order of the Grand Final of Festival da Canção 2024!

After two semi-finals, it’s time for Portugal to select its representative for Eurovision 2024, through the Grand Final of  Festival da Canção 2024, which is set to take place this Saturday!

A few minutes ago, RTP, the public broadcaster of Portugal, revealed the running order of the Grand Final of the Festival:

  1. Silk Nobre – “Change”
  2. Rita Onofre – “Criatura”  
  3. Noble – “Memory” 
  4. Buba Espinho – “O Farol” 
  5. Nena – “Teorias da Conspiração” 
  6. Iolanda – “Grito” 
  7. No Maka ft Ana Maria – “Aceitar” 
  8. Cristina Clara – “Primavera” 
  9. Rita Rocha – Pontos Finais”
  10. Léo Middea – “Doce Mistério”
  11. Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui” 
  12. João Borsch – “Pelas Costuras” 

We remind you that the Grand Final will take place on March 9, when Portugal’s representative for Eurovision 2024 will be selected!

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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: 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 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

Portugal: These are the dates for the three shows of Festival da Canção 2024!

A couple of hours ago, RTP announced the dates of all three shows of this year’s Festival da Canção, on a post on the official Instagram account of the Portuguese national selection process!

On the 18th of January there would be a livestream on TikTok where the Portuguese national broadcaster will reveal more details on this year’s Festival da Canção and the competing songs! The livestream will start from 12:10 UTC.

This is the schedule of the three shows of Festival da Canção:

  • Semi Final 1: Saturday 24 February 2023
  • Semi Final 2: Saturday 2 March 2023
  • Grand Final: Saturday 9 March 2023

Last year’s Festival da Canção winner and ultimately, the Portuguese representative for Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, UK was Mimicat with the song Ai coração, that placed 23rd on the Grand Final, continuing the Portuguese three-year qualification streak.

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Source: RTP / Festival da Canção Instagram Account

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Portugal: On January 18th the songs for Festival da Canção 2024 will be revealed!

Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP announced with an Instagram post that the songs which will compete at Festival da Canção 2024 will be unveiled on the 18th of January. One of them will get eventually the opportunity to wave the portuguese flag at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, Sweden.

 

Two months ago, RTP had made the 20 composers who will participate at this year’s Festival da Canção public and later on, their assortment on their respective Semi-Final was also revealed.

The composers have divided on each Semi-Final as of below:

First Semi-Final

  1. Bispo
  2. Iolanda
  3. LEFT. (via application procedure)
  4. João Borsch
  5. MELA (via application procedure)
  6. Mila Dores
  7. Nena
  8. NOBLE
  9. Perpétua
  10. Rita Rocha (via application procedure)

Second Semi-Final

  1. Buba Espinho
  2. Cristina Clara
  3. FILIPA (via application procedure)
  4. Huca
  5. João Couto (via application procedure)
  6. Leo Middea
  7. Maria João
  8. No Maka
  9. Rita Onofre (via application procedure)
  10. Silk Nobre

 

Similarly as last year, Festival da Canção 2024 will consist of two semi-finals and five songs will qualify to the final from each semi-final. A total of ten entries will take part in the Final and the winner will be determined by 50% of public voting and 50% of jury voring.

Last year’s Festival da Canção winner and ultimately, the portuguese representative for Eurovision 2023 was Mimicat with “Ai coração”, that ended up 23rd on the Grand Final, continuing Portugal’s three-year qualification streak.

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Source: Festival da Canção/ official Instagram account

Portugal: This is the allocation of the composers in the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024!

A month ago, RTP, the public broadcaster of Portugal, announced the 20 composers that will take part in Festival da Canção 2024 where the country’s representative for Eurovision 2024, will be decided. Today, the public broadcaster made an Instagram post, announcing the allocation of the 20 composers in the two semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2024.

The semi-final allocation is:

First Semifinal:

  1. Bispo
  2. Iolanda
  3. LEFT.
  4. João Borsch
  5. MELA
  6. Mila Dores
  7. Nena
  8. NOBLE
  9. Perpétua
  10. Rita Rocha

Second Semifinal:

  1. Buba Espinho
  2. Cristina Clara
  3. FILIPA
  4. Huca
  5. João Couto
  6. Leo Middea
  7. Maria João
  8. No Maka
  9. Rita Onofre
  10. Silk Nobre

Festival da Canção will once again consist of two semi-finals, with five song advancing to the final from each. We remind you that the Grand Final will take place with ten song, and the winner will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury vote.

The previous winner of Festival da Canção and Portugal’s representative in Eurovision 2023, was Mimicat with her song “Ai Coração”, ending up in 23rd place of the Grand Final, while keeping the country’s qualifying streak, for the third year in a row:

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Portugal: José Carlos Malato and Nuno Galopim will be the commentators for Eurovision 2023!

Today, the two names who will do the Portuguese commentary for Eurovision 2023 were announced.

The reason for José Carlos Malato and Nuno Galopim to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest through RTP1 National Channel. The news were announced by one of the two commentators on the Portuguese show “A Nossa Tarde”.

For the sixth year in a row, Nuno Galopim will commentate this year’s competition from Liverpool. Nuno is a writter, actor and director known in the Portuguese art scene. Meanwhile, José Carlos Malato will make a strong return to commentary after missing last year’s competition after testing positive for COVID-19. José is known to local eurofans as the host of Portugal’s National Final Festival da Canção.

This year, Portugal is represented by the singer Mimicat, who won the Portuguese National Final with the song “Ai Coração”. Mimicat will appear fifth, in the First Semi-Final on May 9th.

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Source: escportugal.pt