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Portugal selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 through the annual Festival da Canção.
Festival da Canção 1996
|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|
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.
|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|
(Note: Entries scored out are when Portugal did not compete)