Portugal Festival da Canção 2022 Semi-final 1
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Portugal: Here are the first qualifiers of Festival da Canção 2022

The first five qualifiers of Portugal's Festival da Canção have been announced. In two days, five more will be chosen and a winner picked in a week's time for to fly the Portuguese flag at Eurovision 2022

Portugal's journey to Eurovision 2022 has officially started with the very first night of Festival da Canção.

Tonight's show, held in RTP studios in Lisbon, was hosted by TV hosts Jorge Gabriel and Sónia Araújo and culminated with the selection of the very first five finalists.

The decision was revealed in a random order and made by the televote and a professional jury featuring:

  • Dulce Pontes (Portugal 1991);
  • Dino D'Santiago (Portuguese singer);
  • Surma (Festival da Canção 2019);
  • Teresa Salgueiro (Portuguese singer);
  • Pedro Granger (Portuguese actor);
  • Miguel Cadete (Blitz magazine director);
  • Tatanka (part of The Black Mamba).

The Black Mamba (Portugal 2021) returned to the stage one year after as interval acts.

Festival da Canção 2022 – Semi-final 1

Festival da Canção 2021

This year's Festival da Canção will have all of its shows held in RTP's studios in Lisbon.

The 56th edition of Portugal's national selection will consist of three shows:

  • 5 March 2022: Semi-final 1
  • 7 March 2022: Semi-final 2
  • 12 March 2022: Final

Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal has participated 52 times since 1964. It was a very bad start, as they managed to get Zero Points in the debuting year.

Before Eurovision 2017 they 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 6 out of 15 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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