Portugal 1996

Portugal selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 through the annual Festival da Canção.

Festival da Canção 1996

Festival da Canção 1996 was held on 7 March 1996 and was hosted by Carlos Cruz and Isabel Angelino. The winner was selected through the votes of 10 regional juries of Portugal.

The winner was Lúcia Moniz with the song « O meu coração não tem cor » (My Heart Has No Colour).

Draw Singer Song Translation Points Place
1 Vânia Maroti « Start Stop » 33 10
2 Tó Leal « Eu mesmo » Me Myself 42 8
3 Patricia Antunes « Canto em português » I Am Singing in Portuguese 91 2
4 Barbara Reis « A minha ilha » My Island 43 7
5 Elaisa « Ai a noite » Oh the Night 49 6
6 Somseis « A canção da paz » The Song of Peace 76 3
7 Cristina Castro Pereira « Ganhamos o ceu » We Have Won the Sky 63 4
8 Lúcia Moniz « O meu coração não tem cor«  My Heart Has No Colour 95 1
9 Pedro Miguéis « Prazer em conhecer » Pleased to Meet You 54 5
10 João Portugal « Top Model » 34 9

At Eurovision

Due to news rules implemented in this year, Moniz’s was required to pass through a preliminary round of voting, to bring down the 30 countries that applied to participate to 23 for the contest. Portugal passed through this preliminary round.

On the night of the contest, Moniz performed 4th, following Spain and preceding Cyprus. Although the song was in second place in the voting at best, Moniz finished 6th with 92 points. However this was, and still is as of 2016, Portugal’s best placing at the contest in its history.

Points Awarded to Portugal
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Portugal

12 points  United Kingdom
10 points  Croatia
8 points  Ireland
7 points  Netherlands
6 points  Iceland
5 points  Austria
4 points  Sweden
3 points  Cyprus
2 points  Norway
1 point  France

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