RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, has revealed the dates of Festival da Canção 2022.
The dates of Festival da Canção 2022 have been revealed by RTP. All three of the live shows will take place in March making it the first year since 2017 that both Semi-finals will not take place in February. The full dates are as followed:
- Semi-final 1 – 5 March 2022
- Semi-final 2 – 7 March 2022
- Final – 12 March 2022
Not only are both Semi-finals not taking place in February but they will also no longer take place a week apart. All three shows will take place over the course of a week. In the past, each show took place each Saturday a week apart.
Earlier this year RTP revealed the 20 composers competing in Festival da Canção 2022. Over 600 songs were submitted through the public submission window. The composers may sing their entry themselves or choose another artist to sing it. More details about artists and songs of Festival da Canção 2022 will be revealed soon.
Festival da Canção will once again be formed of two semi-finals, with five songs qualifying from each semi-final. The Grand Final will be held with ten competing entries, the winner will be determined by 50% televote and 50% jury voting.
The Black Mamba represented Portugal in Rotterdam with “Love Is On My Side”, the first ever Portuguese entry to be completely in English. They finished 12th in the Grand Final with 153 points, giving Portugal their second best result of the 21st century.
Image Source: EBU/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.