The Black Mamba have won Festival da Canção 2021 and will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Love Is On My Side”.
The final of Festival da Canção 2021 took place this evening in RTP studios in Lisbon. Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim presented the show. Following two semi-finals, ten acts were in the running to represent Portugal at Eurovision.
During the show, a number of guest acts also performed. There was also a tribute to Carlos do Carmo (Portugal 1976), who died in January of this year. These guest acts were:
- Ana Moura
- Armando Gama
- Cláudia Pascoal
- Dino d’Santiago
- Filipe Sambado
The results were decided by 50% regional juries and 50% public voting. The results were as follows (jury+public vote):
- Karetus & Romeu Bairos – “Saudade” 10 points (4 + 6) 6th
- Joana Alegre – “Joana do Mar” 9 points (6 + 3) 7th
- Fábia Maia – “Dia lindo” 3 points (2 + 1) 10th
- Valéria – “Na mais profunda saudade” 10 points (3 + 7) 5th
- Carolina Deslandes – “Por um triz” 20 points (12 + 8) 2nd
- NEEV – “Dancing in The Stars” 17 points (5 + 12) 3rd
- Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar” 5 points (1 + 4) 9th
- Sara Afonso – “Contramão” 13 points (8 + 5) 4th
- EU.CLIDES – “VOLTE FACE” 9 points (7 + 2) 8th
- The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side” 20 points (10 + 10) 1st
At the end of the voting, Carolina Deslandes and The Black Mamba were tied for first place. As The Black Mamba received a higher score from the public vote, they were declared the winners. “Love Is On My Side” is the first Portuguese entry in history to not have any lyrics in Portuguese.
The Black Mamba will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 20.
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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.