Porutgal: Festival da Cançao 2021 contestants to be revealed on January 20
The acts that will compete in the upcoming Festival da Cançao 2021, the show that will determine Portugal’s Eurovision hopeful, will go public on January 20.
Portugal will be selecting the next Eurovision act via its traditional selection format, Festival da Cançao 2021. The contestants that will be taking part in this year’s national selection are scheduled to be unveiled on January 20, one month ahead of the first semi final show.
The performers of each entry have been chosen by the composers themselves which have been earlier selected by the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP. A total of 18 composers were invited by the public broadcaster, while Miguel Marôco and Pedro Gonçalves were selected through the open submissions.
Just a month ago the names of the songwriters were revealed along with the semi-finals allocation, which looks like below:
Semifinal 1 – February 20
- Anne Victorino d’Almeida
- Fábia Maia
- Filipe Melo
- Helder Moutinho
- Miguel Marôco
Semifinal 2 – February 27
- Carolina Deslandes
- Da Chick
- Joana Alegre
- João Vieira
- Pedro da Linha
- Pedro Gonçalves
The Portuguese broadcaster is sticking with the same format like in the last editions and the selection will consist of three shows ( two semi-finals and a grand final) scheduled to be broadcast live in 20 and 27 February and the final on March 6. The cities and venues remain unknown and will be announced in the near future.
The Eurovision Story so far
Portugal debuted in the competition in 1964 , represented by António Calvário, who finished last without any points. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has been absent from five editions, the latest was in 2016, counting 51 appearance in the competition. Before in withdrawal in 2016, the best result for Portugal was a 6th placing in 1996 with Lúcia Moniz performing “O meu coração não tem cor” in Oslo.
In 2017 the nation scored its first victory, as Salvador Sorbal won the trophy Kyiv with his entry ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ . Following Salvador’s victory the country hosted the 63rd edition of the contest in Lisbon. In 2019 Conan Osiris ,winner of Festival da Cançao 2019 represented the country in Tel Aviv with his entry Telemoveis. Despite the outstanding alternative performance in the first semi final, Conan failed to qualify to the Grand final.
Last year Elisa won the national final with “Medo de sentir” but eventually never had the chance to perform on the Eurovision stage as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.