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Portugal: Festival da Canção To Be Held Again in 2018

Daniel Deusdado the Head of Programing at RTP has confirmed that Festival da Canção will be held again in 2018.

Mr Deusdado the Head of Programing at RTP has confirmed to ESC Portugal that the broadcaster intends to hold Festival da Canção again 2018. The Head of Programing stated in an interview that RTP was very satisfied with how the contest was received this year. No details of the format of the contest have been confirmed, with RTP meeting later in the year to evaluate this years changes to the format.

To date four countries have now provisionally stated their interest or confirmed their intention to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018:

  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Portugal

The final of the Portuguese Eurovision selection show “Festival da Canção” took place on Sunday, and was the most watched program of the day on RTP. The show brought in ratings of 7.1% and a 17.9% share, which is around 684,000 viewers.

The show was hosted by Sílvia Alberto and Catarina Furtado and was held at the Coliseu dos Recreios. The winner of the selection was decided by 50% televote and 50% jury voting.

The running order was as follows:

  1. Jorge Benvinda – Gente bestial – 15 points – 4th
  2. Pedro Gonçalves – Don’t Walk Away – 13 points – 6th
  3. Lena d’Água – Nunca me fui embora – 8 points – 7th
  4. Salvador Sobral – Amar pelos dois – 22 points – 1st
  5. Fernando Daniel – Poema a dois – 14 points – 5th
  6. Celina da Piedade – Primavera – 16 points – 3rd
  7. Deolinda Kinzimba – O que eu vi nos meus sonhos – 7 points – 8th
  8. Viva La Diva – Nova glória – 18 points – 2nd

This years Portuguese selection was the first time that the songs could be performed in a language of the composers choice. Of the sixteen songs that competed in the selection overall, just two singers opted to perform in English and not Portuguese.

Source: ESC Portugal

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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.
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