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Portugal: Last Six Finalists for Festival da Canção 2024 Final announced

Portuguese Public and Jury Select the Final Six for the Grand Finale on March 9

The second semifinal of Festival da Canção 2024 kicked off this Saturday night to reveal the last six qualifiers for the final, which will take place next Saturday alongside the initial six finalists from the first semifinal. This marks the conclusion of the pre-selection process aimed at crowning Portugal’s representative for Eurovision 2024 in Malmö, Sweden, scheduled for May 7, 9, and 11.

Held live from 22:05 CET, the second semifinal unfolded on Saturday, March 2, at RTP studios (Radio and Television of Portugal), with hosts Sónia Aráujo and Jorge Gabriel, alongside Inês Lopes Gonçalves and Wandson in the Green Room.

Check out the results of the second semifinal of Festival da Canção 2024:

The first five finalists, chosen equally by jury and televoting, include: Buba Espinho, No Maka FT. Ana Maria, Leo Middea, Silk Nobre, and Cristina Clara. The sixth finalist, determined through a second round of televoting, is Rita Onofre.

ArtistSongPhase I
(televote + jury)
Phase II
Buba Espinho“O Farol”Q
Cristina Clara“Primavera”Q
Leo Middea“Doce Mistério”Q
FILIPA“You Can’t Hide”NQ
João Couto“Quarto Para Um”NQ
Huca“Pé de Choro”NQ
No Maka(with Ana Maria)Q
Maria João“Dia”NQ
Rita Onofre“Criatura”Q
Silk Nobre“Change”Q

Catch the replay of all 10 performances from the second semifinal of the Festival da Canção 2024:

1. Buba Espinho – “O Farol”

2. Cristina Clara – “Primavera”

3. Leo Middea – “Doce mistério”

4. FILIPA – “You can’t hide”

5. João Couto – “Quarto para um”

6. Huca – “Pé de choro”

7. No Maka FT. Ana Maria – “Aceitar”

8. Maria João – “Dia”

9. Rita Onofre – “Criatura”

10. Silk Nobre – “Change”

How Does the Voting System Work for the 2024 Festival da Canção?

The voting system consists primarily of 50% jury and 50% televoting. In both semifinals, RTP’s selected jury and the public together choose the initial five finalists, while the sixth finalist is chosen via a second round of televoting.

After the second semifinal on March 2, the final performance order will be announced, and phone lines will open for voting for the favorite contestant throughout the week. During the final gala, the selection of Portugal’s Eurovision representative follows the same pattern as the semifinals: 50% regional jury, comprising Portugal’s five regions (North, Centre, Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Alentejo, and Algarve), and the two autonomous archipelagos (Azores and Madeira), and the other 50% from televoting.

Authors of a Portuguese Festival Defined by Quality and Identity

A total of 809 submissions were received for this year’s preselection, with six selected by RTP. The remaining 14 proposals, completing the total of 20, were selected by the Portuguese public radio company based on established artists in the music industry.

The list of selected authors for this new edition of the Portuguese festival is as follows:

  • Bispo
  • Buba Espinho
  • Cristina Clara
  • FILIPA (open admission)
  • Huca
  • iolanda
  • João Borsch
  • João Couto (open admission)
  • LEFT. (open admission)
  • Leo Middea
  • Maria Joã
  • MELA (open admission)
  • Mila Dores
  • Nena
  • No Maka
  • Perpétua
  • Rita Onofre (open admission)
  • Rita Rocha (open admission)
  • Silk Nobre
Festival da Canção 2024 / RTP

Authors of the 2024 Festival da Canção / RTP

Portugal in Eurovision: Ups and Downs with Only One Victory

Portugal’s Eurovision debut dates back to 1964 when António Calvário became the first representative, but unfortunately, his song “Oraçao” received no points, landing Portugal at the bottom of the scoreboard.

Portugal’s subsequent Eurovision entries didn’t achieve desired success. They even had to withdraw from the competition in 2013 and 2016 due to financial difficulties. However, their return in 2017 marked Portugal’s victory with Salvador Sobral’s touching ballad “Amar Pelos Dois,” earning a historic 758 points. Portugal hosted Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, but their representative, Cláudia Pascoal, with her song “O Jardim,” only received 39 points, finishing last.

In the previous edition of the 2023 Festival da Canção, Cláudia Pascoal returned with a renewed musical image, earning the bronze medal with her song “Nasci Maria” after Mimicat’s victory with “Ai Coração”.


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