From today, the national Portuguese radio channel Antena 1 has started to broadcast a new radio programme, “Festival em 5 minutos”. It will focus on the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival da Canção, the festival used to select the Portuguese entry for Eurovision.
The programme will be hosted by Nuno Galopim, and will air from Monday to Friday at 10:50 am (GMT) and again at 4:35 pm (GMT) on Antena 1. As the title suggests, each episode will last for five minutes, and will firstly focus on memories from Festival da Canção. The winning songs and other remarkable songs from the festival´s history will also be played during the broadcast. Later the focus will shift to the Eurovision Song Contest, where the history of many countries and artists will be covered. You can listen to the programme on Antena 1 here.
A description of the programme, sent to escportugal, reads as follows:
We can tell the political, social and cultural history of Europe in the last six decades through this great event, where Portugal has participated since 1964, and in 2017, the first Portuguese victory was achieved with Salvador Sobral and “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Some of these songs have become classics, and we all recognize them. Others are pearls that will bring moments of (re)discovery. We will go through several languages and various musical genres, translating the diversity, that is characteristic for all these different songs, to pave the way for the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal. All Aboard!
Last year in Kyiv, Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time, when Salvador Sobral took home the victory. His song “Amar Pelos Dois”, which was performed entirely in Portuguese, scored 758 points in the Grand Final.
The 2018 edition of the contest will be hosted in the Altice Arena in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. It will consist of two semi-finals, taking place on the 8th and 10th May, and the Grand Final on the 12th May. 43 counties will take part in the contest.
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.