Festival da Canção 2020: Elisa to represent Portugal at Eurovision in Rotterdam

Beating 7 other participants, Elisa Rodrigues took the trophy in Portugal tonight. With tonight’s Festival da Canção, this year’s national selection is coming to an end. A few songs are still to be selected, but this was the last show this season.

After two semi-finals, 2017 winning country Portugal tonight held their Festival da Canção 2020 final. The show closes off this year’s selection shows.

The eight participants in tonight’s final had been selected through two semi-finals.

Festival da Canção 2020 final participants

  1. Filipe SambadoGerbera amarela do Sul
  2. Jimmy PAbensonhado
  3. Tomás LuziaMais real que o amor
  4. Elisa RodriguesNão voltes mais
  5. Throes + The ShineMovimento
  6. KadyDiz só
  7. ElisaMedo de sentir
  8. Bárbara TinocoPasse-Partout

Portugal’s only victory

In their 49th Eurovision apperance since their debut in 1964, Portugal finally managed to win the contest in 2017. When Salvador Sobral took home the trophy with the song Amar Pelos Dois, the country hadn’t even been in top 10 since 1996.

Since the victory, the Portuguese results hasn’t been impressive either. As host country in 2018, their representative Cláudia Pascoal was guaranteed a place in the final. She finished last with just 39 points. Last year, Conan Osíris was chosen to represent the country. The Portuguese fans had created a big hype around him and his anti-mobile song Telemóveis. The European voters however didn’t buy it. He finished 15th in the final and as such wasn’t even near reaching the final.

In the video below, you can enjoy a special duet with Salvador Sobral and his sister Luisa who wrote the song. We created this video based on our recordings of both Salvador and Luisa performing the song. Luisa was stand-in for Salvador at some of the rehearsals at the Eurovision Song Contest due to Salvardor’s health issues.

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