After Sobral’s victory in Kiev, Portugal and especially Lisbon is getting ready for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in May. Apart from Eurovision, RTP, has also to choose the artists who will fly the Portuguese flag in front of Portugal’s audience.

Yesterday, RTP, revealed the 26 artists and the titles of their songs that will perform in Festival da Canção 2018. The winner of the festival will represent Portugal.

Artists Song title Composer
 Susana Travassos (2)  A Mensageira Aline Frazão
 Lili (2)  O Voo das Cegonhas Armando Teixeira
 Joana Espadim (1)  Zero a Zero Benjamim
 Sequin (2)  All Over Again Bruno Cardoso
 Tamin (2)  Sobre Nós Capicua
 Peu Madureira (1)  Só Por Ela Diogo Clemente
 Diogo Piçarra (2)  Canção do Fim Diogo Piçarra
 David Pessoa (2)  Amor Veloz Francisco Rebelo
 Anabela (ESC 1993) (1)  Para Te Dar Abrigo Fernando Tordo
 Cláudia Pascoal (2)  O Jardim Isaura
 Rita Ruivo (2)  Anda Daí João Afonso
 Rui David (1) Sem Medo Jorge Palma
 José Cid & Gonçalo Tavares (1)  O Som da Guitarra É a Alma de Um Povo José Cid
 JP Simões (1) Alvoroço JP Simões
Catarina Miranda (1)  Para Sorrir Não Preciso de Nada Júlio Resende
Beatriz Pessoa (1)  Eu Te Amo Mallu Magalhães
Dora Fidalgo (2)  Arco-Íris Miguel Ângelo
 Joana Barrabás (1)  Anda Estragar-me os Planos Francisca Cortesão
Bruno Vasconcelos (1)  Austrália Nuno Rafael
 Minni & Rhayra (2)  Patati Patata Paulo Flores
 Maria Amaral (1)  A Mesma Canção Paulo Praça
 Maria Inês Paris (2)  Bandeira Azul Tito Paris
Janeiro (1)  Oficialmente Janeiro
 Daniela Onis (2)  Para Lá Do Rio Daniela Onis
 Peter Serrado (2)  Sunset Peter Serrado
 Rita Dias (1)  Com Gosto Amigo Rita Dias

Two artists are coming back in FdC in oeder to try to represent Portugal again. Anabela represented Portugal at the ESC of 1993 and with her song A cidade (até ser dia)  and lasted 10th. José Cid, is the second artist that is returning after 1980 and his song Um grande, grande amor which lasted 7th and was until last year, Portugal’s best result.

 Festival da Canção 2018 kicks off  on the 18th of February (1st semi final), and continuous with the 2nd semi final on the 25th of February.  The first seven acts of every semi final show will take the ticket for the Grand Final which will take part in  Guimarães on the 4th of March.

RTP also announced the hosts of the Festival. In the first show, Jorge Gabriel and José Carlos Malato, in the second Sónia Araújo and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and in the Final  Filomena Cautela and Pedro Fernandes are the six hosts of the three shows.

What is your opinion about the names of FdC 2018? Will Portugal reach the top-5 of the Final board?