RTP, the Portguese national broadcaster, have revealed the jurors that will vote in the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2020.
The seven jurors are:
- Anabela – represented Portugal in Eurovision 1993
- Capicua – singer and songwriter
- Conan Osiris – represented Portugal in Eurovision 2019
- Héber Marques – singer and composer
- Isilda Sanches – radio host
- Miguel Ângelo – singer and composer
- Rui Miguel Abreu – journalist
This jury will make up 50% of the result in the semi-finals. The other 50% will come from the public vote. In a change to previous years, the finalists will be announced in a random order and the full semi-final results will not be revealed until after the final.
The running order for the semi-finals is as follows:
- MEERA – “Copo De Gin”
- Filipe Sambado – “Gerebera Amarela Do Sul”
- Ian Mucznick – “O Dia De Amanhã”
- Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout”
- Blasted – “Rebellion”
- Elisa – “Medo De Sentir”
- J.Jazz – “Agora”
- Throes + The Shine – “Movimento”
- Dúbio feat. +351 – “Cegueira”
- Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade – “Dói-me O País”
- Judas – “Cubismo Enviesado”
- Kady – “Diz Só”
- Elisa Rodrigues – “Não Voltes Mais”
- Cláudio Frank – “Quero-te Abraçar”
- Tomás Luzia – “Mais Real Que O Amor”
- Jimmy P. – “Abensonhado”
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, on March 7. The final will be presented by Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim. Tickets for the final will go on sale tomorrow at 11:00 CET on ticketline.pt and at the Tourism Office in Elvas.
Portugal was represented by Conan Osíris last year in Israel with 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.