Portugal 2019: Festival da Canção
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Portugal: Festival da Canção 2019 composers revealed – Final on 2 March

RTP has just revealed the names of the 16 composers who will be part of Festival da Canção 2019. On the list we can find D.A.M.A. – a Portuguese boyband who has been partially in charge of the country's music scene since 2014 - and are clearly a possible winner. The dates for the Portuguese semi-finals and final are determined

Portugal's preparations for next year's Eurovision Song Contest started a few months ago when the broadcaster announced the 53rd edition of their national selection, Festival da Canção.

Today, the broadcaster gave the Eurovision fans another tease of what to expect by revealing the names of the 16 composers who will take part at next year's edition. The list of composers doesn't feature as many known faces as last year's edition, nonetheless, the country's main Pop boyband - D.A.M.A. – are among the composers along with Frankie Chavez, known for his connections to Rock music and Blues.

Festival da Canção 2019 – Composers

  • André Tentugal
  • Calema
  • Conan Osiris
  • D'Alva
  • D.A.M.A
  • Filipe Keil
  • Flak
  • Frankie Chavez
  • Lura
  • Mariana Bargada
  • Miguel Guedes
  • NBC
  • Rui Maia
  • São Pedro
  • Surma
  • Tiago Machado

Fourteen of the composers have been directly selected by RTP. One was selected through the "Master Class" radio program of Antena 1. One was determined by a public submissions process.

Festival da Canção 2019

There will be 16 acts in Festival da Canção 2019, competing for the honour of representing Portugal at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.

The acts will be divided into two Semi-finals with 8 songs each:

  • Semi-final 1: 16 February 2019
  • Semi-final 2: 23 February 2019
  • Final: 2 March 2019

The venue is yet to be announced.

Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral - "Amar Pelos Dois"

Portugal has participated 50 times since 1964. It was a very bad start, as they managed to get Zero Points in the debuting year. Before Eurovision 2017 they have never won the contest, and 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, where Salvador Sobral won with "Amar Pelos Dois".

Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral - "Amar Pelos Dois"

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Portugal only qualified for the Grand Final 5 out of 13 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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