Portugal Festival da Canção 2021 Semi-final 1

Portugal: Here are the first finalists of Festival da Canção 2021

The first five finalists of Portugal's Festival da Canção have been announced. The winner will represent the country in Eurovision 2021

Eurovision fans' late nights are back with Portugal's national selection: Festival da Canção.

The country held the first semi-final of the 55th edition of the show and the public, along with the jury, selected the first five finalists: Valéria, Karetus & Romeu Bairos, The Black Mamba, Fábia Maia and Sara Afonso.

Festival da Canção 2021 – Semi-final 1 result

The results were announced in a random order and were decided by public voting (50%) and jury (50%).

Festival da Canção 2021 – Semi-final 1 Qualifiers

The Black Mamba – "Love Is On My Side"
Valéria – "Na Mais Profunda Saudade"
Fábia Maia – "Dia Lindo"
Karetus & Romeu Bairos – "Saudade"
Sara Afonso – "Contramão"

Tonight's jury consisted of:

This Semi-final was hosted by Jorge Gabriel and Sónia Araújo in RTP's studios in Lisbon and featured performances by Elisa (Portugal 2020) and Dora (Eurovision 1986 and 1988).

Festival da Canção 2021

This year's Festival da Canção will have all of its shows being held in RTP's studios in Lisbon due to the COVID-19 situation around the world.

The 55th edition of Portugal's national selection will have three shows:

  • 20 February 2021: Semi-final 1
  • 27 February 2021: Semi-final 2
  • 6 March 2021: Final

Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal has participated 51 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".

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Portugal only qualified for the Grand Final 5 out of 14 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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