912,000 viewers watched last night as the host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 selected their song through Festival da Canção.
A total of 912,000 viewers on average watched last night as Portugal held the final of Festival da Canção, with an average market share of 22.1%. The figures for last nights show represent the highest viewing figures for a Portuguese selection process since 2012 when Filipa Sousa was selected to represent the country in Azerbaijan.
At its peak a total of 1,245,000 viewers were watching the competition, with 2,612,000 viewers watching at least one minute of the show during the course of its broadcast. Overall the show was the most watched program broadcast by RTP 1, a was the fourth most watched program in Portugal.
Cláudia Pascoal won Festival da Canção 2018 and will represent Portugal on home ground in the Eurovision Song Conest 2018 in Lisbon. The results were as follows:
- Rui David – Sem medo – 5th (8 points)
- Susana Travassos – A mensageira – 12th (3 points)
- Peter Serrado – Sunset – 10th (3 points)
- Joana Espadinha – Zero a zero – 9th (5 points)
- Lili – O voo das cegonhas – 8th (6 points)
- Catarina Miranda – Para sorrir eu não preciso de nada – 2nd (22 points)
- Joana Barra Vaz – Anda estragar-me os planos – 7th (7 points)
- David Pessoa – Amor veloz – 14th (0 points)
- Minnie & Rhayra – Patati patata – 13th (2 points)
- Janeiro – (sem título) – 4th (12 points)
- Maria Inês Paris – Bandeira azul – 11th (3 points)
- Anabela – Para te dar abrigo – 6th (7 points)
- Cláudia Pascoal – O jardim – 1st (22 points)
- Peu Madureira – Só por ela – 3rd (16 points)
The winner of the show was decided by 50% public voting and 50% jury voting. Public voting had been open since Monday while the jury vote was formed of a combination of regional juries. As there was a tie for first place, the public vote took preference. Having won the public vote, Cláudia Pascoal will now be the first ever Portuguese Eurovision representative to compete on home ground.
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.