RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, has revealed that the final of Festival da Canção 2021 will take place on March 6.
The two semi-finals will take place on February 20 and 27 in RTP Studios in Lisbon. From each semi-final, five songs will qualify for the final, which will be held in a currently undisclosed location. The winner of the final will represent Portugal at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
In addition to the dates of the contest, RTP also revealed the names of the 20 composers that will take part in Festival da Canção 2021. The composers are:
- Anne Victorino d’Almeida
- Carolina Deslandes
- Da Chick
- Fábia Maia
- Filipe Melo
- Helder Moutinho
- Joana Alegre
- João Vieira
- Miguel Marôco
- Pedro da Linha
- Pedro Gonçalves
Of the 20 composers, 18 were directly invited by RTP. Miguel Marôco and Pedro Gonçalves were selected through a public selection. A total of 693 submissions were made through the public selection, which is the highest number of songs ever submitted to this selection.
Elisa won Festival da Canção 2020 and was due to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2020 with “Medo de sentir” before the contest was cancelled. She may participate again in this year’s contest if one of the chosen composers has chosen her to sing their song.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv/Thomas Hanses / Source: RTP
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.