Portugal Festival da Canção 2021 Semi-final 1

Portugal: Last finalists of Festival da Canção 2021 selected

The last five finalists of Portugal's Festival da Canção have been chosen. Next week's final will determine who will represent Portugal at Eurovision 2021

Semi-final 2 of Portugal's Festival da Canção 2021 took place tonight with the selection of the last five of finalists.

Joana Alegre, Carolina Deslandes, Pedro Gonçalves, NEEV and Eu.Clides were the qualifiers and will be back next week to fight for the honour of representing Portugal at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.

Festival da Canção 2021 – Semi-final 2 result

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

Festival da Canção 2021 – Semi-final 2 Qualifiers

Eu.Clides – "Volte-Face"
Joana Alegre – "Joana Do Mar"
Pedro Gonçalves – "Não Vou Ficar"
Carolina Deslandes – "Por Um Triz"
NEEV – "Dancing In The Stars"

Tonight's show was hosted by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and José Carlos Malato in RTP's studios in Lisbon and featured a performances by Lúcia Moniz (Portugal 1996).

The jury members for Semi-final 2 were the same as for Semi-final 1:

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.

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

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

Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral - "Amar Pelos Dois"

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".

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 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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