Portugal Festival da Canção 2023: Composers
Festival da Canção's composers (Photo: RTP)

Portugal: Composers for Festival da Canção 2023 revealed

RTP has just unveiled the list of the 20 composers who will be participating at next year's Festival da Canção. The composer may decide to sing their own song or not

The very first reveal phase of Portugal's iconic national selection, Festival da Canção, is here: the composers.

Out of 20 spots available, the majority of the lineup was invited by RTP itself. Initially, there were four empty seats open to anyone who was interested in taking part in the competition. However, one of the invited composers withdrew and was replaced by another entry from the open submission.

In total, 667 songs were received with the hope of getting the chance to shine in next year's edition.

Through RTP's radio channel (Antena 1) the 20 lucky names were revealed:

  • André Henriques
  • April Ivy
  • Bandua
  • Bárbara Tinoco
  • Churky
  • Cláudia Pascoal
  • Dapunksportif
  • Edmundo Inácio
  • Inês Apenas
  • Ivandro
  • Jacinta
  • Mimicat
  • Moyah
  • Neon Soho
  • Quim Albergaria
  • Sal
  • Teresinha Landeiro
  • The Happy Mess
  • Voodoo Marmalade
  • You Can’t Win Charlie Brown

It's now up to each composer to decide if they want to sing their own song or invite someone else to perform it. The artists and the respective songs will be released on 19 January.

Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal has participated in the contest 53 times since 1964. It was a very bad start, as they managed to get zero points in their debut year.

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Before Eurovision 2017, they had never won the contest, and had never made the top 5. In fact, Portugal held the record for most appearances in the contest without a win!

But that changed in 2017, when Salvador Sobral won with "Amar Pelos Dois."

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Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Portugal has only qualified for the Grand Final 7 out of 16 times.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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