Portugal Festival da Canção 2018

Portugal: Results of Festival da Canção 2018 – Semi-final 1

All Aboard! Tonight the Portuguese selection Festival da Canção kicked of with 13 contestants but only seven qualifiers. The winner will represent Portugal at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on home soil.

UPDATE 19 FEBRUARY 2018, 14:31 CET:

Televoting error: Rui David is qualified instead of Beatriz Pessoa.

Beatriz Pessoa received 7 points from televoting, but that was an error. Instead the 7 points was for Maria Amaral. This means that Beatriz Pessoa is not qualified for the final as shown on TV, but instead Rui David gets the qualifying spot.
The correct result is shown in this article.

The first of two semi-finals were held tonight in the Portuguese selection for Eurovision 2018: Festival da Canção, organized by the Portuguese broadcaster RTP.

26 composers has penned the songs for Festival da Canção 2018, and they also had the task of picking the artists (or themselves) to perform their songs. 13 performed in tonight's semi-final. The last 13 will compete in next Sunday's semi-final. The best seven from each semi-final will meet in the final of Festival da Canção on 4 March 2018.

Semi-final 1

18 February 2018
Hosts: Jorge Gabriel, José Carlos Malato and Inês Lopes Gonçalves

  1. Peu Madureira – "Só por ela" (22 points)
  2. Janeiro – "(sem título)" (16 points)
  3. Catarina Miranda – "Para sorrir não preciso de nada" (16 points)
  4. Anabela – "Para te dar abrigo" (13 points)
  5. Joana Barra Vaz – "Anda estragar-me os planos" (8 points)
  6. Joana Espadim – "Zero a zero" (7 points)
  7. Rui David – "Sem medo" (7 points)
  8. José Cid – "O som da guitarra é a alma de um povo" (7 points)
  9. Maria Amaral – "A mesma canção" (7 points)
  10. JP Simões – "Alvoroço" (6 points)
  11. Beatriz Pessoa – "Eu te amo" (4 points)
  12. Rita Dias – "Com gosto amigo" (3 points)
  13. Bruno Vasconcelos – "Austrália" (0 points)

Festival da Canção 2018

There will be 26 songs in Festival da Canção 2018, competing for the honor of representing Portugal at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on home soil. 

The songs have be divided into two semi-finals with 13 songs each.

  • Semi-final 1: 18 February 2018
  • Semi-final 2: 25 February 2018
  • Final: 4 March 2018
Portugal 2018 Festival Da Cançao hosts
Hosts of Festival Da Cançao 2018: Jorge Gabriel,  José Carlos Malato, Pedro Fernandes, Filomena Cautela, Sónia Araújo, Tânia Ribas de Oliveira (Photo: RTP)

The semi-finals will take place at RTP's studios in Lisbon, while the final will be held at Pavilhão Multiusos in Guimarães.

There will be 14 songs in the final – seven songs from each of the two semi-finals. 

In the semi-finals the results will be decided by a jury panel appointed by RTP combined with public televoting:

Jury for the semi-finals:

  • Júlio Isidro
  • Tozé Brito
  • Carlão
  • Sara Tavares
  • Luísa Sobral
  • Ana Bacalhau
  • António Avelar Pinho
  • Mário Lopes

In the final the winner will be decided by regional juries combined with public televoting.

The winner of Festival da Canção 2018 will be the 50th artist to represent Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest. This time on home soil in Lisbon on 12 May

Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral - "Amar Pelos Dois"

Portugal has participated 49 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 4 out of 12 times.

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