The host nation of Portugal kicks off their Eurovision 2018 search tonight, while Romania’s selection continues.
Portugal – Festival da Canção 2018 – Semi Final One – 22:06 CET
The host nation of Portugal kicks off their Eurovision selection tonight in Lisbon, with thirteen songs taking to the stage.
Thirteen singers will perform tonight all vying for a place in the final of Festival da Canção 2018 and the right to represent Portugal on home soil in May. Seven songs will qualify for the final, determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury vote.
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
The two semi-finals of this year’s Festival da Canção will take place on February 18 and 25. The grand final will then 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.
Romania – Selectia National 2018 – Semi-Final Five – 20:45 CET
Twelve singers will compete tonight at the Sala de Spectacole a Casei de Cultură “Mihai Eminescu” in Sighișoara for the final three places in the final of Romania’s selection process.
The twelve singers taking to the stage are:
- SAVE – All We Need
- Tomher Cohen – Baby You’re The Only One
- Sergiu Bolota – Every Little Thing
- Dora Gaitanovici – Fara Tine
- Teodora Dinu – Fly
- The HUMANS – Goodbye
- Iliana – I Won’t Lie
- Evermorph – Live Your Life
- Alexandru Ungureanu – Sail With Me
- Manuel Chivari – Somebody To Love
- Maria Suciu – Sweet Nothing
- Denisa Trofin – Tears
During the semi-finals a jury will select the fifteen finalists will be selected by a jury of music professionals. On the jury are Marian Ionescu, Ilinca Băcilă, Nicu Patoi, Liliana Ştefan and Viorel Gavrilă. The jury members will vote according to the Eurovision system of points 1-8, 10 and 12.
After the show has ended, the winners, jury members and presenters will hold a press conference which will be broadcast on TVR 1, TVR HD, TVR International, TVR Moldova and TVR +.
You can find links to watch all of tonight’s show at Eurovoix Showcase.