Festival da Cançao: First four finalists selected

Last year’s host country, Portugal kicked off their 2019 selection tonight. Eight acts battled for four spots in the final, which will take place on the 2nd of March.

After their 2017 win, and a disappointing last place last year, Portugal is searching for the song, which can bring them a good result in Tel Aviv, Israel in May.

Tonight, eight acts battled in the first of two semi-finals. Four from each will make it to the final to be held on the 2nd of March.

The participants

  • Ana Claudia – Inercia (qualified)
  • Joao Campos – É o que é
  • Soraia Tavares – O Meu Sonho
  • Calema – A Dois (qualified)
  • Conan Isiris – Telemoveis (qualified)
  • Ela Limao – Mais Brilhante Que Mil Sóis
  • Filipe Keil – Hoje
  • Matay – Perfeito (qualified)

Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest

This year will mark the 51st participation of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest. Having participated this amount of times, their first ever and so far only victory came in 2017, with Salvador Sobral and his Amar Pelos Dois. Last year, on home soil, they finished last.

Up until their victory two years ago, their best results were a 6th place in 1996 and 7th places both in 1972 and 1980.

In the video below you can watch a live performance of O Jardim, their entry from 2018, recorded at EuroClub.

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