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Portugal: José Carlos Malato Announced as Commentator

José Carlos Malato has announced that he will be commentating for RTP at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

José Carlos Malato has announced in an interview with the Portuguese press that he will be commentating at this years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Mr Malato will be known to fans of the competition as a two time host of Festival da Canção. José Carlos Malato is the face of a number of entertainment shows at RTP including A minha mãe cozinha melhor que a tua and Quem Quer Ser Milionário?.

Mr Malato hosted the first semi final of Festival da Canção 2017 alongside Sónia Araújo. Sónia Araújo represented Portugal at the first Eurovision Dance Contest in 2007 where she went on to finish in fifth place. The first semi final was won by Viva La Diva with the song “Nova glória”, finishing two points ahead of Salvador Sobral who went on to win the contest.

The final of the Portuguese Eurovision selection show “Festival da Canção” took at the start of March, 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 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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