Another national final underway, this time last year’s host country national selection is in progress. The Portuguese national broadcaster, RTP, revealed the 16 contestants of Festival da Cançao 2019, the format through which the country will determine its Eurovision 2019 entry. 

After the revelation of composers and their distribution in the two semi finals, RTP announced today the 16 participants of Festival da Cançao 2019 providing the same time details on the national final. Portugal’s 16 hopefuls for Tel Aviv and their songs are:

1st SEMI FINAL

  • Calema – A Dois

  • Conan Osíris – Telemóveis

  • Ana Cláudia – Inércia

  • João Campos – É o Que É

  • Filipe Keil – Hoje

  • Ela Limão – Mais Brilhante Que Mil Sóis

  • Soraia Tavares – O Meu Sonho

  • Matay – Perfeito

2nd SEMI FINAL

  • Lara Iaquiz – O Lugar

  • Madrepaz – Mundo a Mudar

  • Mariana Bragada – Mar Doce

  • Dan Riverman – Lava

  • NBC – Igual a Ti

  • Mila Dores – Debaixo do Luar

  • Marlon – O Jantar

  • Surma – Pugna

2019 Edition of Festival da Canção

This year’s festival will include a total of three shows, two semi finals and one grand final. 8 acts will compete in each semi final, while the top 4 in each one will qualify to the grand final. Therefore we will see a total of 8 contestants in the Grand final batling for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv.

The semi final shows will be held in RTP’s studios while the grand final is set to take place in  Portimão.The confirmed dates of the three shows are :

  • 16/02/2019 – 1st semi final of  Festival da Cançao
  • 23/02/2019 – 2nd semi final of Festival da Cançao
  • 02/03/2019 – Grand final of Festival da Cançao

THE HOSTS 

Six people will take responsibility to present us the three shows of the Portuguese festival, two for each show. 

Namely, the hosts of the the two semi finals and the final show will be :

Sónia Araújo and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira will host the 1st semi final, Jorge Gabriel and José Carlos Malato present us the 2nd smei final , while Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim will host the Grand final. Notable that Filomena Cautela was one of the Eurovision 2018 hostesses and has several times in the past presented Festival da Cançao.

Apart for the three duo Inês Lopes Gonçalves will be the host during all shows in the Green Room.

THE STORY SO FAR

Portugal joined the Eurovision family in 1964 when it was represented by António Calvário, who finished last without any points. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed  five times the contest, the latest being in 2016. Before 2016, the best result of Portugal in the contest was a 6th placing  in 1996 with Lúcia Moniz performing “O meu coração não tem cor” in Oslo.

In 2017 the country got out of the list of the remaining countries without victory, as Salvador Sorbal was crowned winner in Kyiv with his song Amar Pelos Dois . Following Salvador’s win the country hosted the 63rd edition of the contest in Lisbon.

In the last Eurovision winners of Festival da Canção 2018,  Cláudia and Isaura , represented Portugal  with the song “O Jardim”. They finished last in the Grand Final with a total of 39 points.