The first four acts who will compete in the Grand Final of Festival da Canção 2019 have been selected this evening.
The first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2019 has taken place this evening in Portugal. Eight artists took to the stage in Lisbon vying for four places in the Grand Final on March 2. The qualifiers this evening were selected by a combination of 50% televote and 50% jury voting.
The results of the first semi-final this evening were as follows (jury + public voting):
- Ana Cláudia – Inércia – 13 points (8 + 5)
- João Campos – É o que é – 13 points (6 + 7)
- Soraia Tavares – O Meu Sonho – 6 points (3 + 3)
- Calema – A Dois – 18 points (10 + 8)
- Conan Osíris – Telemóveis – 19 points (7 + 12)
- Ela Limão – Mais Brillante Que Mil Sóis – 11 points (5 + 6)
- Filipe Keil – Hoje – 8 points (4 + 4)
- Matay – Perfeito – 22 points (12 + 10)
Ana Cláudia and João Campos were tied for the fourth qualifying spot with 13 points each. As Ana Cláudia received a higher score from the jury, she advanced to the final.
The jury that voted this evening was formed of:
- Júlio Isidro – Radio presenter and TV personality who has featured on the panel two times previously
- Isaura – Singer and songwriter who represented Portugal at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Cláudia Pascoal
- Álvaro Costa – Radio presenter, DJ and TV presenter
- Selma Uamusse – Singer from Mozambique
- Pedro Penim – Founder and artistic director of Teatro Praga. He also presented the Blue Carpet event at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
- Maria João – Jazz singer and director
- Rita Redshoes – Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, former Festival da Canção songwriter (2017)
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by Antonio Calvario, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal was 6th place which came in 1996 when Lucia Moniz performed in Oslo. She scored 92 points, receiving the 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut, Portugal have missed a total of five contests. In 2017, Portugal produced a spectacular win when Salvador Sobral took home the crystal microphone with his song “Amar Pelos Dois.” The 2018 contest was held in Lisbon, Portugal for the first time.