Filipa Azevedo for Portugal

Tonight, the final of Festival da Canção, the Portuguese national selection was held. The winner will become the their 44th representative  for the Eurovision song contest in Oslo on May.

The final was hosted by Silvia Alberto at the Campo Paqueno in Lisbon who also was in charge of the first and second semi-finals. Twelve songs were performed in tonight’s Portugal final.

The show opened with a performance from the Voca people.

The participants:

1.Filipa Galvão Telles O amor não sab

The vocal performance is emotional. There are three backing vocalists and one male dancer.

2.Banda TrocopassoO mundo de pernas para o ar

An uptempo song on the stage.

3.Jorge Guerreiro Ai Lisboa

This is a nice salsa song. Jorge wore a silver suit on the stage.

4.Ricardo MartinsCaminheiro de mim

Ricardo was on the stage with a keyboard. He is the first blind singer in the history of Festival da Canção.

5.The AgencyÉ assim que as coisas são

Its a slow song and there is a piano on the stage. The members of The Agency are dressed in black suits and white shoes.

6.Seis Po’ Meia DúziaPássaro saudade

This is an ethnic uptempo song. There are six girls and their dresses are very nostalgic and they don’t wear shoes on the stage.

7.Nuno Pinto Fogo lento

Nuno Pinto is singing a mid-tempo song now. There are four girl backing vocalists on the stage.

8.Catarina PereiraCanta por mim

This is my favourite song. This an energetic up tempo song. It reminds of Ani Lorak’s and Helena Paparizou’s performances at the Eurovision Song Contest.

9.Filipa Azevedo Há dias assim

It’s a slow song. There is male at the piano and Filipa is singing passionately on the stage.

10.Gonçalo TavaresRios

An uptempo song. Gonçalo is playing piano and singing. There are four women backing vocalists. Gonçalo is wearing a black suit on the stage. The background images are sweet.

11.Vanessa Alvorada

This is really a nice ballad song. Vanessa has got a strong voice.

12.Rui NovaUma canção à Cid (O sol e as estrelas)

The last song is a mid-tempo song. There are four backing vocalists. The stage is red.

The voting

All acts have now performed and the voting is starting together with a recap of songs being shown on TV. Fernando Tordo came on the stage. He represented Portugal in 1973 at the Eurovision Song Contest. Now 20 regional juries gave their verdicts. Filipa Azevedo won the jury voting.

Flor de lis, the 2009 Portugal contestants, performed.

And the winner is  Filipa Azevedo Há dias assim. She will represent Portugal in Oslo. 

The best Portugal result was in Oslo on 1996 with "o meu coraçao nao tem cor". Lucia Moniz finished 6th with 92 points. This year Portugal will participate in the first semi-final.

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