Over 200 songs have been submitted via the public submissions process to compete in Festival da Cançao 2019.
RTP has revealed that over 200 songs were submitted for Festival da Cançao 2019 via its public submissions window. The public submissions window allowed songwriters not invited by RTP to submit entries for consideration for the Festival da Cançao 2019. RTP will now listen to all of the songs and select one to go through to the live shows of Festival da Cançao.
The final of Festival da Canção 2019 will be held outside of Lisbon. The final will be preceded by two semi-finals which will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon.
The 14 selected songwriters have been be asked to present an original, unpublished song for the contest. The composers are also be able to select the singer to perform the song. In addition to these 14 entries, two additional slots are 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 is to be taken by one song selected through the public submissions process.
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 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.