The Portuguese national selection for Eurovision 2019 kicked off tonight, as the first semi final of  Festival da Cançao  took place. Hosts of the show that was held in RTP’s studios in Lisbon , was  Sónia Araújo & Tânia Ribas de Oliveira.

Festival da Cançao 2019, will consist of three shows (two semi finals and one final) and  total of 16 acts will be comepting this year. This evening we  watched the first set of 8 contestants compete in the 1st semi final round.

The 8 contestans of tonight’s 1st semi final round were:

  1. Ana Claudia– Inercia
  2. Joao CamposÉ o que é
  3. Soraia Tavares– O meu sonho
  4. CalemaA dois
  5. Conan Isiris– Telemoveis
  6. Ela LimaoMais brilhante que mil sóis
  7. Filipe Keil– Hoje
  8. Matay– Perfeito

From these 8 contestants only 4 made it to the final. The result was determined by public and jury voting equally. Namely, the jury of the competition is formed by the following members:

  • Júlio Isidro – Radio presenter and TV personality who has featured on the panel two times previously
  • Isaura – Singer and songwriter who represented Portugal at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Cláudia Pascoal
  • Álvaro Costa – Radio presenter, DJ and TV presenter
  • Selma Uamusse – Singer from Mozambique
  • Pedro Penim – Founder and artistic director of Teatro Praga. He also presented the Blue Carpet event at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
  • Maria João – Jazz singer and director
  • Rita Redshoes – Singer, songwriter, former Festival da Canção songwriter (2017)

The first 4 finalists of this year’s Festival da Cançao 2019 are :

  • Matay- Perfeito

  • Conan Isiris- Telemoveis

  • Calema- A dois

  • Ana Claudia– Inercia

The overall results of the 1st semi final show developed as following:

Semi-final 1 – 16 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place Result
1 Ana Cláudia “Inércia” 8 5 13 4 Finalist
2 João Campos “É o que é” 6 7 13 5 Eliminated
3 Soraia Tavares “O meu sonho” 3 3 6 8 Eliminated
4 Calema “A dois” 10 8 18 3 Finalist
5 Conan Osíris “Telemóveis” 7 12 19 2 Finalist
6 Ela Limão “Mais brilhante que mil sóis” 5 6 11 6 Eliminated
7 Filipe Keil “Hoje” 4 4 8 7 Eliminated
8 Matay “Perfeito” 12 10 22 1 Finalist

The second semi final is set to take place next Saturday at 22:00 CET