As countries continue to reveal their plans for Eurovision 2023, Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP has revealed the composers taking part in its national selection – Festival da Canção 2023.
Festival da Canção 2023 – doing things differently
On RTP’s prime radio station Antena 1, all twenty competing composers were revealed. Of these twenty, sixteen were formally invited by RTP to write a song for the competition. The remaining four positions were filled from songs following an open call for submissions. In total, RTP received 667 entries from the public for Festival da Canção 2023.
The competing composers in the upcoming edition of the selection are:
|André Henriques||Cláudia Pascoal||Jacinta||SAL|
|April Ivy||Dapunksportif||Mimicat||Teresinha Landeiro|
|Bandua||Emundo Inácio||MoYah||The Happy Mess|
|Barbara Tinoco||Inês Apenas||Neon Soho||Voodoo Marmalade|
|Churky||Ivandro||Quim Albergaria||You Can’t Win Charlie Brown|
Portugal takes a different path in comparison to other countries in its national selection for Eurovision. Traditionally, composers are approached first to write a song, with artists and songs revealed later. This format is the same as last year, and as a result, the competing songs will be revealed on January 19th.
Of the names, two will be remembered by Eurovision fans. Barbara Tinoco finished second to Elisa at the 2020 edition of the Contest with “Passe-partout”. As well as this, Cláudia Pascoal is most known for representing Portugal on home soil in 2018 with the song “O Jardim”.
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 53 times – appearing the final 44 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 MARO with the song “saudade, saudade”. MARO managed to qualify for the Grand Final and once there, she finished 9th, after receiving 207 points from the jury and the televote.
What do you make of the announcement from Portugal? Do you think the winner of Festival da Canção 2023 could go on to win the Contest in Liverpool? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for the 2023 national final season!
News Source: RTP
Photo Credit: EBU / Sarah Louise Bennett