This Saturday, in the first semi-final of the 57th Song Festival, ten songs will compete for one of the six places in the final of the contest, which will select Portugal’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled for May in the United Kingdom.
In the order in which they will compete today, So much sauce (Composed and Performed by MoYah) Dreams of freedom (Composed by Jacinda and Performed by Polha) Flight status (April Ivy) Crossroads (Shurki), I was born Maria (Claudia Pascoal) to live (salt), Oh heart (mimigate), Turn off contrast (You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown) Endless world (Neon Soho) and Cement shoes (Quim Albergaria/Esse Povo).
In this, instead of the usual five songs, six songs will be chosen. According to the RTP, five themes will be selected through a regular voting system (half of the scores are attributed to a professional jury and the other half to the public vote). “Prior to the end of each semi-final, televoting will open again for a short period so that viewers can vote and choose one more song to play in the final”, the public station pointed out.
The first semi-final, hosted by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and José Carlos Malato, will take place at the RTP studios in Lisbon and will be broadcast live on RTP1.
Today, apart from the artists in the competition, Nena, Blanca Paloma, Ana Pagalhao, HMP and Fernando Torto are also performing.
Ten songs compete in the second semi-final scheduled for March 4, also at RTP Studios in Lisbon. On that day, the remaining songs will be selected to compete in the finals scheduled for March 11.
In the final, jury votes will be made by representatives of the seven regions of mainland Portugal and the islands.
In case of a tie, the jury’s choice will prevail in the semi-finals and the public’s choice in the final.
The winner of the Festival da Canzo will represent Portugal at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest scheduled for May in Liverpool.
Last year song Longing, longingComposed and performed by Maro, and accompanied live by four Portuguese singers, he was the winner of the Festival da Canção and therefore represented Portugal at the 66th Festival da Cano in Turin, Italy.
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