Following last week’s opening of Festival da Canção 2018, a 45 second snippet has now been released for all 13 entries competing in the second semi final.
This is the first year since 2011 that RTP, the broadcaster for Portugal have shared snippets for the contest before the semi finals. All the snippets can be listened to on the official RTP website.
The thirteen competing entries are as follows:
- Cláudia Pascoal – O jardim
- Daniela Onis – Para lá do rio
- David Pessoa – Amor veloz
- Diogo Piçarra – Canção do fim
- Dora Fidalgo – Arco-íris
- Lili – O vôo das cegonhas
- Maria Inês Paris – Bandeira azul
- Minnie and Rhayra – Patati patata
- Peter Serrado – Sunset
- Rita Ruivo – Anda daí
- Susana Travassos – A mensageira
- Sequin – All Over Again
- Tamin – Sobre nós
The second semi-final will be held at the RTP Studios in Lisbon this Sunday. The show will be hosted by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and former Eurovision Dance Contest participant Sónia Araujo.
The running order for the second semi final is yet to be revealed. A 50/50 combination of both jury and televote will determine who advances to the grand final. Of the 13 competing artists, there are 7 spaces available in the grand final. There they will compete against the 7 successful entries from the first semi final.
The seven entries that advanced from the first semi final were as follows:
- Beatriz Pessoa – Eu te amo
- Anabela – Para te dar abrigo
- Catarina Miranda – Para sorrir não preciso de nada
- Joana Espadim – Zero a zero
- Janeiro – (sem titulo)
- Joana Barra Vaz – Anda estragar-me os planos
- Peu Madureira – Só por ela
The fourteen successful entries will compete in the grand final on Sunday 4th March at Pavilhão Multiusos in Guimarães. There we will discover who will represent the home nation of Portugal at the 2018 Eurovision Song 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.