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Portugal 2023: The release of the 20 national final acts

RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, has announced the 20 acts of the national final of Portugal, “Festival da Canção 2023”.

Festival da Canção 2023

In Lisbon the Portuguese national broadcaster, RTP, has announced the 20 acts and songs of the national final of Portugal, Festival da Canção 2023. One of these acts will represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool (United Kingdom).

Source: RTP, Festival da Canção 2023, logo

Composers and singers

RTP has revealed the twenty composers that are competing in the selection. 15 out of the 20 composers were invited by RTP (originally there were 16, but one had to decline because of personal reasons). 5 entries of the national final were chosen by the public; these “public” entries were submitted in great numbers, 667 songs in total.

The participants

You can find the participants of Festival da Canção 2023 listed below:

Semi-Final One

  • April Ivy: Modo Voo
  • Churky: Encruzilhada
  • Cláudia Pascoal: Nasci Maria
  • Bolha: Sonhos de Liberdade
  • Mimicat: Ai Coração
  • MOYAH: Too Much Sauce”
  • NEON SOHO: Endless World
  • Esse Povo: Sapatos de Cimento
  • SAL: Viver
  • You Can’t Win Charlie Brown: Contraste Mudo

Semi-Final Two

  • Lara Li: Funâmbula
  • Bandua: Bandeiras
  • Bárbara Tinoco: Goodnight”
  • Dapunksportif: World Needs Therapy”
  • Edmundo Inácio: A Festa
  • Inês Apenas: Fim do Mundo
  • Ivandro: Povo
  • Teresinha Landeiro: Enquanto é tempo
  • The Happy Mess: O Impossível
  • Voodoo Marmalade: Tormento

You can listen to all of the songs here.

Notable name

A notable name in the line-up of Festival da Canção 2023 is Cláudia Pascoal, who already represented Portugal in 2018, when the country was the host city during Lisbon 2018. Claudia sang the song “O Jardim”, and ended 26th (of 26), thus came in last.

The format

The format of Festival da Canção 2023 is the following:

  • Semi-Final 1: February 25th 2023 (5 chosen acts and 1 wildcard)
  • Semi-Final 2: March 4th 2023 (5 chosen acts, 1 wildcard)
  • Final: March 11th 2023 (12 competing acts, 1 winner)

Eurovision 2022

In the contest of 2022 Portugal was represented by singer Maro, who sang the song “Saudade Saudade”. Maro came in 4th in Semi-final 1, and she  eventually got 9th (of 25) in the Grand Final.

Source: Official Eurovision Song Contest YouTUbe channel, Maro – Saudade Saudade (2022)

ESCplus Live

Watch the Portuguese national final live on our dedicated live platform, “ESCplus Live”, just click the following link:

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