An average of 505,000 viewers tuned in to the Second Semi-Final of Festival da Canção 2023 this past weekend.
On Saturday night, Festival da Canção 2023 continued its run in Portugal with an average of 505,000 viewers and a 12.9% share. The average viewers and viewing share increased compared to the equivalent show from last year by around 96,000 viewers. However, compared to 2021 and the viewing peak in 2019 at 623,000, both figures declined. Last week 477,000 viewers and an 11.4% share were reported for the First Semi-Final.
The results are as follows for Semi Final Two (qualifiers in bold):
- Edmundo Inácio – “A Festa” (The party)
- The Happy Mess – “O Impossível” (The impossible)
- Teresinha Landeiro – “Enquanto é tempo” (While it’s time)
- Bandua – “Bandeiras” (Flags)
- Bárbara Tinoco – “Goodnight”
- Inês Apenas – “Fim do Mundo” (The end of the world)
- Ivandro – “Povo” (People)
- Dapunksportif – “World Needs Therapy” – Public vote qualifier
- Voodoo Marmalade – “Tormento” (Torture)
The qualifiers were chosen across two rounds. In the first round, all ten artists were voted on by 50% public televote and 50% jury voting. The five acts that received the highest combined scores qualified. The televoting lines then re-opened, with a sixth artist saved by the public.
Portuguese broadcaster RTP has also now revealed the running order for the Final of Festival da Canção 2023, taking place on March 11th. Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim will be hosting the show.
Source: ESC Portugal | Image source: RTP
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário. The country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2017, the best result of Portugal was 6th place which came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed in Oslo. She scored 92 points, receiving 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 the Portuguese capital of Lisbon for the first time.