The twenty six singers taking part in Festival da Canção 2018 will be revealed on January 18, one month before the first semi-final.
The artists who will compete to represent Portugal on home soil at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be revealed on January 18. Confirmation of the reveal date took place in an interview on Diário de Notícias. The reveal will take place exactly one month before the first semi-final of the selection process will be held.
Alongside the release of the reveal date for the participants, the Producer of Festival da Canção has expressed his thoughts on the songs that should be taking part in the 2018 Portuguese selection;
It is important that the song that Portugal selects is a reflection of the good music that is being created by us and not a song made with the goal of going to Eurovision, because there we are automatically thinking about a recipe and not the music we deal with every day.
If we take to Eurovision the records and singers we hear on the radio and we see on stage, we are showing the best of us and if we show the best of us we are doing Portuguese music a favor.
The seven highest scoring performances from each semi-final qualify for the Grand Final. The semi-finals will take place on the 18th and 25th of February 2018, with the Grand Final scheduled for 4th March in Guimarães. This is the first time since 2001 that the Grand Final is being held outside of Lisbon.
The participating composers were selected through different methods. 22 were invited by RTP, one was selected through the “Master Class” programme on Antena 1, two were selected via a public selection for all residents of Portugal and overseas Portuguese citizens and finally, one was selected by Salvador Sobral, the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: ESC Portugal
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal in the contest was 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. After their spectacular win last May, in Kyiv, Portugal will host the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.