Snippets of the songs competing in the first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2018 were released today.
For the first time since 2011, RTP revealed the songs competing in the first semi-final of Festival da Canção ahead of the show on February 18. The 45-second snippets are available to listen to on the RTP website.
The singers and songs taking part in the first semi-final are as follows:
- Peu Madureira – Só Por Ela
- Anablea – Para Te Dar Abrigo
- Joana Barra Vaz – Anda Estragar-me os Planos
- Janeiro – (sem título)
- Rui David – Sem Medo
- José Cid e Gonçalo Tavares – O som da guitarra é a alma de um povo
- JP Simões – Alvoroço
- Catarina Miranda – Para não sorrir eu não preciso de nada
- Joana Espadinha – Zero a Zero
- Beatriz Pessoa – Eu Te Amo
- Bruno Vasconcelos – Austrália
- Maria Amaral – A Mesma Canção
- Rita Dias – Com Gosto Amigo
For the second year running, Júlio Isidro will act as the head of the jury for the festival. Amongst those joining him will be Luísa Sobral, who composed the winner of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest “Amar pelos dois”, and Sara Tavares who represented Portugal at the contest in 1994. The full list of jury members is as follows:
- Júlio Isidro
- Ana Bacalhau
- Ana Markl
- António Avelar
- Pinho Carlão
- Luísa Sobral
- Mário Lopes
- Sara Tavares
- Tozé Brito
Following the 2 semi-finals of this year’s ‘Festival da Canção’ the grand final will take place on 4 March. The winner of the contest will go on to represent Portugal on home soil at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in May. This will be the first time that Portugal will host the Eurovision Song Contest in their 50-year history of participation.
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.