The semi-final allocation draw has taken place for Festival da Canção 2019 this afternoon at RTP studios.
This afternoon the allocation draw was held to determine in which of the two semi-finals, the sixteen composers and their songs will be participating in. The draw was broadcast live on Facebook by RTP, with the composers being selected at random.
Competing in the first semi-final on February 16 are:
- Conan OsirisD’Alva
- Filipe Keil
- Tiago Machado
Competing in the second semi-final on February 23 are:
- André Tentúgal
- Frankie Chavez
- Mariana Bragada
- Miguel Guedes
- Rui Maia
- Saint Peter
The sixteen composers were selected in three different ways. Fourteen composers were directly selected by RTP to take part in the competition. One was selected through the “Master Class” radio program of Antena 1, while the last spot was determined by a 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.
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 in Kyiv, Portugal hosted the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.