Fans from across Europe have been reporting that they were unable to vote for Portugal in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2019 last night.
Conan Osíris failed to advance to the Grand Final on Saturday with his performance of Telemóveis. He was one of seven artists eliminated from the Contest on Tuesday’s first semi-final.
According to Sapo Mag in Portugal, there have been various complaints from fans on social media that they were unable to call in and support Conan. Several viewers from outside of Portugal have claimed that they could not call the number allocated to the Portuguese entry.
In the Facebook group “TUGAvision”, many fans have shared the error messages sent by mobile operators. Similar posts were made on the OGAE Portugal website, reporting error messages received by viewers in Spain. These reports have been passed on to the Portuguese Head of Delegation.
An online petition (currently with 751 signatures) has also been launched for a re-count of the results.
Yesterday’s semi-final had one of the closest results in recent years. Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Jon Ola Sand has confirmed that only two points separated the last qualifier and the first country to miss the cut:
I can now reveal that the score difference between #10 and #11 in last night’s first Semi-Final was just 2 points. Out of the 10 qualifiers, juries and televoters agreed about 8 out of 10. Your vote matters! #Eurovision #DareToDream
— Jon Ola Sand (@jonolasand) May 15, 2019
The full results of the semi-final, which will reveal Portugal’s placing, will be released after the Grand Final of the contest on Saturday.
Who is Conan Osíris?
Conan Osíris represented Portugal in Tel Aviv with the song Telemóveis. Conan was born in Lisbon in 1989 and has been performing since 2011.
From the moment that the song was revealed as competing in the Portuguese selection, Conan was the favourite to win. The song went viral ahead of the Grand Final, with his performance in semi-final one receiving nearly 2 million views in two weeks.
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.