The Portuguese broadcaster has already determined the 14 composers who will participate in Festival da Canção 2019 and has promised “greater diversity” amongst them.
RTP recently confirmed that Portugal will participate in Eurovision 2019 and Festival da Canção will once again be used to select the Portuguese entry. A report on the news program Telejournal revealed that the broadcaster has already closed and validated the list of 14 invited composers for the contest.
The Festival da Canção team have promised “greater diversity” in the line-up for 2019 and also “new musical styles.” It is expected that the full list of entries will be revealed in November or December.
The Telejournal report also confirmed that the final of Festival da Canção will be held outside of Lisbon, as was first announced in July. The final will be preceded by two semi-finals which will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon.
The 14 selected songwriters will be asked to present an original, unpublished song for the contest. The composers will also be able to select the singer to perform the song. In addition to these 14 entries, two additional slots will be available for public submissions.
The first public slot will be selected through the “Master Class” radio program of Antena 1. The competition is open to composers and authors with no published works, until October 31. The composer selected must present a new song for Festival da Canção.
The last place in the show will be taken by a song that is submitted through an open selection. All Portuguese citizens or residents, whether or not they have published works can apply. The submission of these applications is done through the RTP website, with submissions to be sent to the: firstname.lastname@example.org, the deadline is October 31.
Portugal hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The country was represented by Cláudia and Isaura with the song “O Jardim”. They finished last in the Grand Final with a total of 39 points. They scored 21 points in the televote, with the remaining 18 points coming from the juries.
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 in Kyiv, Portugal hosted the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.