The singers who will be competing in Festival da Canção 2019 are set to be revealed by RTP at a Press Conference on January 21.
The 16 singers who will vying to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be revealed on January 21. The singers are set to be revealed at a press conference held at the Time Out Studio in Ribeira Market of Lisbon. The songwiters behind the songs competing in Festival da Canção have already been named, with the semi-final split also determined. 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.
The dates of the contest are as follows:
- Semi-Final One – February 16
- Semi-Final Two – February 23
- Grand Final – March 2
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 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.