Portimão Arena is reported to be the venue for the Grand Final of Festival da Canção 2019, as the national selection once again travels outside of Lisbon.
Festival da Canção’s final will once again be held outside of Lisbon, with the southern city of Portimão expected to host this years final. According to Portuguese media the Portimão Arena will be the venue for the Grand Final on March 2. The Arena can hold 3,000 people seated and is one of the largest arenas in southern Portugal.
According to eFestivalPt, the Mayor of Portimão is set to travel to Lisbon to the press conference revealing the participants in Festival da Canção 2019.
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
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.