The Portuguese national broadcaster, RTP, unveiled all the details of the upcoming Festival da Canção 2020, the format used to determine the country’s Eurovision act and entry. 

Through a special press conference, RTP, revealed the competing acts and entries of  Festival da Canção 2020, the city and the hosts of the upcoming national selection for Eurovision 2020.

This year’s edition will consist of 3 shows, 2 semi fnals which will take place on 22 and 29 February, while the grand final will be held on march 7 at the city of  Elvas. Namely the three hosts of the Festival da Canção 2020 will be :

Jorge Gabriel & Tânia Ribas de Oliveira (1st semi final)
José Carlos Malato & Sónia Araújo (2nd semi final)
Filomena Cautela & Vasco Palmeirim (Final)

The Festival da Canção 2020 entries are: 

1st semi final:

Rebellion” – Blasted (Blasted Mechanism)
Gerebera Amarela Do Sul” – Filipe Sambado (Filipe Sambado)
O Dia De Amanhã” – Ian Mucznick (João Cabrita)
Medo De Sentir” – Elisa (Marta Carvalho)
Copo De Gin” – MEERA (MEERA)
Agora” – J.Jazz(Rui Pregal da Cunha)
Movimento” – Throes + The Shine (Throes + The Shine)
Passe-Partout” – Bárbara Tinoco (Tiago Nacarato)
2nd Semi final:

Dói-me O País” – Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade (António Avelar Pinho)
Quero-te Abraçar” – Cláudio Frank (Cláudio Frank)
Diz Só” – Kady (Dino d’Santiago)
Cegueira” – Dúbio feat. +351 (Dúbio feat. +351)
Não Volte Mais” – Elisa Rodrigues (Elisa Rodrigues)
Cubismo Enviesado” – Judas (Hélio Morais)
Abensonhado” – Jimmy P. (Jimmy P.)
Mais Real Que O Amor” – Tomás Luzia (Pedro Jóia)

The Eurovision 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 was in 2016 and has competed in total 51 times in the competition. 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 its name on the list with the winning countries, 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 2019 Conan Osiris ,winner of the Portuguese national final Festival da Cançao represented the country in Tel Aviv with his entry TelemoveisDespite the outstanding alternative performance in the first semi final,  Conan failed to qualify to the Grand final .