Portugal is the latest nation to confirm their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, will once again use Festival da Canção to select their entry for Eurovision 2021. The general format of the selection will remain the same as last year, with two semi-finals and a final. However, 20 songs will compete instead of 16, meaning that five will qualify from each semi-final.
Of the 20 competing songs, RTP will invite composers to compose 18 of them. The remaining two will be selected from a public submission. A jury of music, music production, radio and television experts, whose composition will be revealed at a later date, will select two public submission entries. Anyone who has Portuguese nationality or is resident in Portugal can apply for the public selection, regardless of whether they have published songs before. All entries must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of November 25 2020. The full list of rules for Festival da Canção 2021 can be found here.
This news means that Elisa, who was due to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2020 before it was cancelled, will have to either be selected by one of the composers invited by RTP or enter the public selection if she wishes to participate at Eurovision. Elisa won Festival da Canção 2020 with “Medo de sentir”.
Eurovision Song Contest 2021
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 18, 20 and 22, following the cancellation of the 2020 contest due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
To date the following artists have been confirmed as competing in the contest:
- Australia – Montaigne
- Austria – Vincent Bueno
- Azerbaijan – Samira Efendi
- Belgium – Hooverphonic
- Bulgaria – Victoria
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo
- Georgia – Tornika Kipiani
- Greece – Stefania
- Israel – Eden Alene
- Latvia – Samanta Tina
- Malta – Destiny Chukunyere
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy
- Romania – Roxen
- San Marino – Senhit
- Slovenia – Ana Soklic
- Spain – Blas Cantó
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears
- Ukraine – Go_A
While the following nations have confirmed their participation:
- North Macedonia
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Thomas Hanses / Source: RTP – Festival da Canção
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.