As days go by, more and more countries continue to reveal what their plans are going to be, in regards to their participation at Eurovision 2024. Today, 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 58th edition of Festival da Canção.
Festival da Canção to be used to select Portugal’s Eurovision 2024 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 2024 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 four to six. Submissions are now open until October 15. Those tho are interested can make their submissions right here.
As for the competition, two semi-finals consisting of ten entries each, where six entries will be selected to advance to the final (to be held in February and March). Portugal will select its Eurovision 2024 representative with a mix of jury and televote.
Portugal’s Euroviison Journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 54 times – appearing the final 45 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 Mimicat with the song “Ai, coração”. Mimicat managed to qualify for the Grand Final and once there, she finished in 23rd place. She received a total of 59 points, of which 43 points came from the jury and 16 points came the televote.
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News Source: RTP
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