Conan Osíris has won Festival da Canção 2019 and will represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song “Telemóveis”.
Festival da Canção 2019 was held tonight in Portimão in the Algarve region of Portugal and was hosted by Filomena Cautela (Festival da Canção 2018 and Eurovision 2018 host) and Vasco Palmeirim. Eight artists performed for the chance to represent Portugal in Tel Aviv. During the interval, last year’s Portuguese entrants, Cláudia Pascoal and Isaura, performed their new singles. There were also performances from former Festival da Canção winner Armando Gama (1983), Anabel (1993) and Vânia Fernandes (2008).
Tonight’s results were decided by 50% regional jury voting and 50% public voting. The results were as follows (jury + public vote):
- Calema – A Dois – 11 points (4 + 7) 6th
- Mariana Bragada – Mar Doce – 8 points (3 + 5) 7th
- Matay – Perfeito – 17 points (7 + 10) 3rd
- Surma – Pugna – 12 points (8 + 4) 5th
- NBC – Igual A Ti – 18 points (10 + 8) 2nd
- Madrepaz – Mundo a Mudar – 13 points (7 + 6) 4th
- Conan Osíris – Telemóveis – 24 points (12 + 12) 1st
- Ana Cláudia – Inércia – 8 points (5 + 3) 8th
Conan Osíris will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 14.
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.