RTP, the Portguese national broadcaster, has released the 16 songs competing in Festival da Canção 2020.
Along with the songs, RTP also revealed the presenters for all three shows and the venue for the final. Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and Jorge Gabriel will present the first semi-final on February 22, while Sónia Araújo and José Carlos Malato will present the second semi-final on February 29. Both semi-finals will take place in RTP Studios in Lisbon. The final will take place in Elvas in eastern Portugal, 8 kilometres from the Spanish border. The final will be presented by Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim.
The 16 entries are:
- Luiz Caracol e Gus Liberdade – “Dói-Me o País” (The country hurts me)
- Blasted – “Rebellion”
- Cláudio Frank – “Quero-te Abraçar” (I want to hold you)
- Kady – “Diz Só” (Just Say)
- Dubio feat. +351 – “Cegueria” (Blindness)
- Elisa Rodrigues – “Não Voltes Mais” (Don’t come back again)
- Filipe Sambado – “Gerbera Amarela do Sul” (Southern Yellow Gerbera)
- Judas – “Cubismo Enviesado” (Skewed cubism)
- Jimmy P – “Abensonhado” (Bewildered)
- Ian Mucznik – “O Dia de Amanhã” (Tomorrow)
- Elisa – “Medo de Sentir” (Afraid of feeling)
- MEERA – “Copo de Gin” (Glass of gin)
- Tomás Luzia – “Mais Real Que O Amor” (Realer than love)
- JJaZZ – “Agora” (Now)
- Throes + The Shine – “Movimento” (Movement)
- Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-partout” (Master key)
You can listen to all the entries here.
First held in 1964, Festival da Canção is used to select the Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Portugal was represented by Conan Osíris and his song “Telemóveis”. He failed to qualify to the Final, placing 15th in the first semi-final with 51 points.
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.