As days go by, more and more countries continue to reveal what their plans are going to be, in regards to their participation at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. Last week, Portugal has confirmed that they will be participating in next year’s competition. The confirmation comes along with the release of the rules for the 56th edition of Festival da Canção.
Festival da Canção to be used to select Portugal’s Eurovision 2022 representative
Once again, Portugal will be selecting their next Eurovision representative via its National Selection Festival da Canção. 20 Songs will be competing in order to represent Portugal at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The rules for the next edition of the competition were released, with one of the major changes being the songs selected from the submissions increased from two to four. Submissions are now open until October 21.
As for the competition, two semi-finals (dates TBC) consisting of ten entries each, where five entries will be selected to advance to the final. Portugal will select its Eurovision 2022 representative with a mix of jury and televote.
Portugal’s Eurovision Journey
In 1964, Portugal made their debut in the competition with António Calvário and the song “Oração”. Since then, they have participated in the competition 52 times, 43 of which were in the Grand Final. They have also won the competition once in 2017 with Salvador Sobral and the song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s recent participation saw them being represented by The Black Mamba with the song “Love Is On My Side”, which is the first song Portugal sent in the English language. Their participation saw them qualify for the Grand Final, where they finished 12th, after receiving 153 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: RTP
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