Yesterday, Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) revealed that a record 809 songs were submitted for Festival da Canção 2024. This is up from 667 for the contest last year. This forms part of the selection process to determine who will succeed Mimicat as Portugal’s next Eurovision representative.
Festival da Canção 2024 will feature twenty songs, fourteen of which have been written and produced by songwriters who have been invited by RTP. This means that of the 809 submissions received by RTP, only six will feature in the actual selection process. When the broadcaster confirmed its Eurovision 2024 participation in August, it also confirmed that FdC would follow the same structure. First, there will be two semi-finals with ten songs each. Then, six songs qualify for the final from each semi, where a winner is chosen to fly the Portuguese flag in Malmö.
Portugal’s Eurovision History:
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 in 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 from the televote.
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News Source: RTP
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