Portugal: Confirmed for Eurovision 2021 | Through Festival da Cancao the representative!

One of the countries that would participate in Eurovision 2020 and had not yet confirmed their participation in the next contest, was Portugal. The country’s public television (RTP) recently announced that it will normally take part in Eurovision 2021, while it has also started the procedures for FdC 2021, through which the representative of Portugal will be selected.

The deadline for those who wish to submit their proposals for FdC 2021 is November 25. Eurovision regulations apply, and the authors must be Portuguese citizens, or permanent residents of the country, or musicians who have released at least one record work within Portugal.

The open invitation concerns two places in the semifinals of FdC 2021, while the remaining 18 will be filled by creators who will be directly invited by the Portuguese public television.

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The above announcement practically means that Portugal is added to the group of countries that will choose a new representative for Eurovision 2021. The truth is that Elisa, who was this year the winner of the FdC and representative of Portugal at Eurovision 2020, had foreshadowed RTP’s decision.

Below let us remember once again the song with which Elisa would represent Portugal at Eurovision 2020:

Portugal: Detailed results of Festival da Canção 2020

Yesterday night,the grand final of the Festival da Canção 2020 was completed  with Elisa named as the big winner Elisa with “Medo de sentir”. Thus, she will also be the representative of Portugal at the 65th Eurovision contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

In contrast to previous years, the detailed results of the two semifinal rounds were not released at the end of each night but were announced today at the end of the festival.

Detailed results

  • First Semifinal
1 MEERA “Copo de gin” 5 3 8 7 Eliminated
2 Filipe Sambado “Gerbera amarela do Sul” 12 5 17 3 Finalist
3 Ian Mucznik “O dia de amanhã” 4 4 8 8 Eliminated
4 Bárbara Tinoco “Passe-Partout” 8 12 20 1 Finalist
5 Blasted Mechanism “Rebellion” 6 8 14 5 Eliminated
6 Elisa “Medo de sentir” 10 10 20 2 Finalist
7 JJaZZ “Agora” 3 6 9 6 Eliminated
8 Throes + The Shine “Movimento” 7 7 14 4 Finalist

The big favorite even for the representation of the country at Eurovision, the Blasted Mechanism with “Rebellion” lost fourth place in the qualifying round. As it was already known, in the semifinals and in the event of a tie, the committees outperform the public, with the final decisive role being played by the public.

The eventual winner of the Elisa festival failed to win her semifinal after being tied for first with Bárbara Tinoco, who came in first in the public rankings. Elisa did not come first in the committee or the public!


  • Second Semifinal
1 Dubio feat. +351 “Cegueira” 4 7 11 6 Eliminated
2 Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade “Dói-me o país” 7 6 13 5 Eliminated
3 Judas “Cubismo enviesado” 6 4 10 7 Eliminated
4 Kady “Diz só” 12 8 20 2 Finalist
5 Elisa Rodrigues “Não voltes mais” 8 5 13 4 Finalist
6 Cláudio Frank “Quero-te abraçar” 3 3 6 8 Eliminated
7 Tomás Luzia “Mais real que o amor” 5 10 15 3 Finalist
8 Jimmy P “Abensonhado” 10 12 22 1 Finalist

The results in the second semifinal were clearer with Jimmy P. taking first place.

  • Final
    FINAL 7TH MARCH 2020
    1 Filipe Sambado “Gerbera amarela do Sul” 12 4 16 3
    2 Jimmy P “Abensonhado” 7 6 13 5
    3 Tomás Luzia “Mais real que o amor” 3 8 11 6
    4 Elisa Rodrigues “Não voltes mais” 4 3 7 8
    5 Throes + The Shine “Movimento” 6 5 11 7
    6 Kady “Diz só” 8 7 15 4
    7 Elisa “Medo de sentir” 10 10 20 1
    8 Bárbara Tinoco “Passe-Partout” 6 12 18 2

Even in the final, Elisa could not come first in the committee or the public. Nevertheless, she managed to be the big winner.

Portugal: Tonight’s grand final of the Festival da Canção 2020

Tonight  the grand final of the Festival da Canção 2020, the process by which Portugal will choose to participate in the 65th Eurovision Contest will take place.

Unlike the semifinals that took place in the country’s capital, Lisbon, the final will take place in Elba. There, we will be welcomed by the hosts of the evening Filomena Cautela (one of the four Eurovision 2018 presenters) and Vasco Palmeirim.


The candidate songs

Eight artists will contest the country’s representation at Eurovision.

  1. Filipe Sambado“Gerbera amarela do Sul”
  2. Jimmy P“Abensonhado”
  3. Tomás Luzia“Mais real que o amor”
  4. Elisa Rodrigues“Não voltes mais”
  5. Throes + The Shine“Movimento”
  6. Kady“Diz só”
  7. Elisa“Medo de sentir”
  8. Bárbara Tinoco“Passe-Partout”

How will the winner emerge?
The result will be determined by 50% by a special jury and the remaining 50% by the Portuguese public. The jury will not be the same as the semifinal round. Each geographical area of ​​Portugal will have its own committee which will announce its results at the end of the night.

Bárbara Tinoco will compete with the air of the victory favorite, as “Passe-Partout” is being discussed since the song’s release in January.

The grand final of Festival da Canção 2020 will take place at 22:00 CETY time  and you can watch it through the Portuguese Public Television website by clicking HERE.