Today is the deadline for the 16 composers invited to enter song for Festival da Canção 2017 to submit their songs to RTP.

In Portugal it is the deadline day for the demo’s of the songs competing in Festival da Canção 2017 to be submitted to RTP. This year has seen the Portuguese national broadcaster invited 16 composers to write a song to compete in the selection process and to find an artist to perform that song. Unlike all previous editions of Festival da Canção the songs do not have to be performed in Portuguese only.

Once these songs have been received by RTP, the final version of the song should be delivered on January 31. During January the names of the artists who will be competing in Festival da Canção will be revealed to the public, the date of this reveal has yet to be decided.

The format of this years Portuguese selection is as follows. The qualifiers from each semi final will be decided by 50% televote and 50% jury voting. A total of four songs will qualify from each semi final, meaning eight songs will compete in the final, the same voting process is used in the final. The jury voting is made up of 7 regional juries from across mainland Portugal as well as the Azores and Madeira. The dates of the selection shows are:

  • 19 February – Semi Final 1
  • 26 February – Semi Final 2
  • 5 March – Final

The 16 composers invited to submit songs for the competition are:

  1. Luísa Sobral
  2. Marcia
  3. Rita Redshoes
  4. David Santos (Noiserv)
  5. Celina da Piedade
  6. Samuel Úria
  7. Nuno Gonçalves (The Gift)
  8. Pedro Silva Martins (Deolinda)
  9. Toli Caesar Machado (GNR)
  10. João Pedro Coimbra (Mesa)
  11. Nuno Figueiredo (Virgin Suta)
  12. Pedro Saraiva (Sir Aiva / DR Sax)
  13. Nuno Feist
  14. Jorge Fernando
  15. João Only
  16. Heber Marques

Source: RTP

Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. To date the best result of Portugal in the contest is 6th place. This 6th place came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed “O meu coração não tem cor” on stage in Oslo, Norway. She scored 92 points receiving 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed a total of five contests, the latest being in 2016.