The twenty competing songs in Festival da Canção, Portugal’s national selection for Eurovision 2022 have been released. One of these songs will represent Portugal in Turin in May.
Festival of bilingualism
As a result of The Black Mamba’s success at the Eurovision Song Contest last year, there is an increased presence of English in the selection. This is noteworthy, as up until 2020, English was very rarely heard during Portugal’s Eurovision selection.
The competing songs in Festival da Canção 2022 are:
|Blacci||“Mar No Fim”|
|Cubita||“Uma Mensagem Tua”|
|Diana Castro||“Ginger Ale”|
|Fado Bicha||“Povo Pequenino”|
|FF||“Como É Bom Esperar Alguém”|
|Inês Homem de Melo||“Fome De Viagem”|
|Kumpania Algazarra||“A Minha Praia”|
|Milhanas||“Corpo De Mulher”|
|Os Azeitonas||“Solta A Voz E Canta”|
|Os Quatro e Meia||“Amanhã”|
|O Vampiro Submarino||“Ao Lado De Mim”|
|Pepperoni Passion||“Código 30”|
|Pongo & Tristany||“DÉGRÁ.DÊ”|
|SYRO||“Ainda Nos Temos”|
|Valas & Os Astronautas||“Odisseia”|
You can listen to the competing songs here:
Splitting the semis
Already, RTP has allocated each competing song into a semi-final. The first semi-final will be held on March 5th, with the second semi-final being held on March 7th. Ten songs will qualify from the two semi-finals to make it to the final on March 12th. Once in the final, a 50/50 combination of a national jury and televote will decide the winner. The winning song will then go on to represent Portugal in Italy in May.
Portugal’s Eurovision journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 52 times – appearing the final 43 times. Their only win in the competition came in 2017 with Salvador Sobral, performing his heart-wrenching song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s most recent participation was with The Black Mamba with the song “Love Is On My Side” – the first song Portugal sent in the English language. The Black Mamba managed to qualify for the Grand Final finishing 12th, after receiving 153 points from the jury and the televote.
What do you make of the songs competing in Festival da Canção 2022? Which of the songs is your favourite? Do you think there is a Eurovision winner in the selection? As always, let us know what you think by getting involved in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the news regarding Festival da Canção 2022!
News Source: RTP
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