Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Selection process||Festival da Canção 2017|
19 February 2017
26 February 2017
5 March 2017
|Selected entrant||Salvador Sobral|
|Selected song||« Amar pelos dois«|
|Selected songwriter(s)||Luísa Sobral|
|Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) will organise the national final Festival da Canção 2017 in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.
Prior to the 2017 Contest, Portugal had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-eight times since its first entry in 1964. Its highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been sixth place, which the nation achieved in 1996 with the song « O meu coração não tem cor » performed by Lúcia Moniz. To this point, Portugal has been competing in the contest the longest time without having achieved victory. Since semi-finals were introduced into the contest in 2004, Portugal has failed to reach the final eight times. After failing to qualify to the final in 2015 with Leonor Andrade performing the song « Há um mar que nos separa« , the country briefly withdrew from the contest in 2016. RTP confirmed Portugal’s return to the competition on 4 August 2016.
The Portuguese broadcaster for the 2017 Contest, who broadcasts the event in Portugal and organises the selection process for its entry, will be Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP). Portugal has most commonly selected their entry through the national final Festival da Canção except between 2003 and 2005 where the broadcaster used internal selections and the talent competition Operação triunfo to select their entry. The broadcaster will organize the 2017 edition of Festival da Canção in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Festival da Canção 2017
The format of the competition consisted of three shows: two semi-finals on 19 and 26 February 2017 and the final on 5 March 2017. The semi-finals took place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon, while the final took place at Coliseu dos Recreios, also in Lisbon. The competition featured sixteen competing songs written by composers who RTP invited for the competition. The composers both created the song and selected the performer for their entry. Each semi-final featured eight competing entries from which four advanced to the final from each show. Results during the semi-finals were determined by a jury panel appointed by RTP and votes from the public. In the final, the winner was determined by the votes from regional jury panels and a public voting.
For the very first time, RTP abolished the language restrictions, so that artists may submit songs in any language(s), even without Portuguese. On 5 December 2016, RTP revealed the names of the sixteen composers that were invited to participate. The invited composers were:
- Luísa Sobral
- Rita Redshoes
- David Santos (Noiserv)
- Celina da Piedade
- Samuel Úria
- Nuno Gonçalves (The Gift)
- Pedro Silva Martins (Deolinda)
- Tóli César Machado (GNR)
- João Pedro Coimbra (Mesa)
- Nuno Figueiredo (Virgem Suta)
- Pedro Saraiva (Sir Aiva/D.R. Sax)
- Nuno Feist
- Jorge Fernando
- João Só
- Héber Marques
The running order of the semi-finals for the sixteen participating composers was drawn on 17 January 2017.
16 entries participated in the 51st Festival da Canção. Half of the competing performers, the artists drawn to perform in the first semi-final, were revealed on 18 January 2017. The remaining competing artists were announced on 26 January 2017. Among the competing artists is former Eurovision Song Contest entrant Rui Drumond, who represented Portugal in the 2005 Contest as part of 2B.
|Artist||Song (English Translation)||Composer(s)|
|Beea||« Ao teu olhar » (At your glance)||Jorge Fernando (m&l)|
|Celina da Piedade||« Primavera » (Spring)||Celina da Piedade, Alex Gaspar (m&l)|
|David Gomes||« My Paradise »||Tóli César Machado (m) / Joana Duarte (l)|
|Deolinda Kinzimba||« O que eu vi nos meus sonhos » (What I saw in my dreams)||Rita Redshoes (m&l) / Senhor Vulcão (l)|
|Fernando Daniel||« Poema a dois » (Poem by two)||Nuno Feist (m) / Nuno Marques da Silva (l)|
|Golden Slumbers||« Para perto » (Close)||Samuel Úria (m&l)|
|Helena Kendall||« Andamos no céu » (We walk on the sky)||João Só (m&l)|
|Inês Sousa||« Se o tempo não falasse » (If time didn’t speak)||Noiserv (m&l)|
|Jorge Benvinda||« Gente bestial » (Awesome people)||Nuno Figueiredo (m&l)|
|Lena d’Água||« Nunca me fui embora » (I never left)||Pedro Silva Martins (m&l)|
|Lisa Garden||« Without You »||Pedro Saraiva (m&l) / Lisa Garden (l)|
|Márcia||« Agora » (Now)||Márcia (m&l)|
|Pedro Gonçalves||« Don’t Walk Away »||João Pedro Coimbra (m&l)|
|Rui Drumond||« O teu melhor » (Your best)||Héber Marques (m&l)|
|Salvador Sobral||« Amar pelos dois » (Love for both)||Luísa Sobral (m&l)|
|Viva La Diva||« Nova glória » (New glory)||Nuno Gonçalves (m&l)|
The 51st Festival RTP da Canção consisted of two semi-finals and the Final, each with eight entries in competition.
The first semi-final took place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon on 19 February 2017, hosted by Sónia Araújo and José Carlos Malato. In the first semi-final eight entries participated, and of these eight, four advanced to the final. The qualifiers were determined by the televote and the votes of an expert jury appointed by RTP. Real Combo Lisboense performed as the interval act with a medley of songs that did not win Festival da Canção.
|Semi-final 1 – 19 February 2017|
|1||Márcia||« Agora »||5||3||8||8||Out|
|2||Golden Slumbers||« Para perto »||6||5||11||5||Out|
|3||Fernando Daniel||« Poema a dois »||7||10||17||3||Finalist|
|4||Deolinda Kinzimba||« O que eu vi nos meus sonhos »||8||4||12||4||Finalist|
|5||Rui Drumond||« O teu melhor »||3||6||9||7||Out|
|6||Lisa Garden||« Without You »||4||7||11||6||Out|
|7||Salvador Sobral||« Amar pelos dois«||12||8||20||2||Finalist|
|8||Viva La Diva||« Nova glória »||10||12||22||1||Finalist|
The first semi-final took place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon on 26 February 2017, hosted by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and Jorge Gabriel. In the second semi-final eight entries participated, and of these eight, four advanced to the Final. The qualifiers were determined by the televote and the votes of an expert jury appointed by RTP. Real Combo Lisboense performed as the interval act with a medley of songs that did not win Festival da Canção.
|Semi-final 2 – 26 February 2017|
|1||David Gomes||« My Paradise »||6||6||12||7||Out|
|2||Lena d’Água||« Nunca me fui embora »||10||4||14||4||Finalist|
|3||Beea||« Ao teu olhar »||8||5||13||5||Out|
|4||Pedro Gonçalves||« Don’t Walk Away »||4||12||16||3||Finalist|
|5||Helena Kendall||« Andamos no céu »||5||8||13||6||Out|
|6||Celina da Piedade||« Primavera »||12||7||19||1||Finalist|
|7||Jorge Benvinda||« Gente bestial »||7||10||17||2||Finalist|
|8||Inês Sousa||« Se o tempo não falasse »||3||3||6||8||Out|
The final took place at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon on 5 March 2017, hosted by Sílvia Alberto and Catarina Furtado. In the Final eight entries participated. The winner was determined by the televote and the votes from regional juries.
|Final – 5 March 2017|
|1||Jorge Benvinda||« Gente bestial »||10||5||15||4|
|2||Pedro Gonçalves||« Don’t Walk Away »||5||8||13||6|
|3||Lena d’Água||« Nunca me fui embora »||5||3||8||7|
|4||Salvador Sobral||« Amar pelos dois«||12||10||22||1|
|5||Fernando Daniel||« Poema a dois »||7||7||14||5|
|6||Celina da Piedade||« Primavera »||10||6||16||3|
|7||Deolinda Kinzimba||« O que eu vi nos meus sonhos »||3||4||7||8|
|8||Viva La Diva||« Nova glória »||6||12||18||2|
On social media, the manager of the official Facebook page of Festival da Canção commented that « For many of the [participating] composers, Eurovision was not the goal but rather to have this opportunity to showcase more of Portuguese music ». The comment was met with controversy among Portuguese Eurovision fans. RTP’s programming director, Daniel Deusdado reacted to the criticism by saying « Social networks catch fire for anything. If we had said otherwise, that is, that we make a song to win Eurovision, people later would said: and why should we win Eurovision? This [Festival da Canção] should be for providing a platform for Portuguese music […] For us, everything is fine. The aim is to push for Portuguese music […] I can say that half of the forest didn’t burn »
Following the first semi-final, jury panellist Nuno Markl publicly revealed on social media that he had given top marks to Salvador Sobral, which sparked calls for his replacement. It was also pointed out that Markl works with one of the composers competing in the second semi-final, João Só, at Rádio Comercial, which could cause conflict of interest. On 22 February 2017, Markl submitted his resignation from the jury panel, but it was not accepted by RTP.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.
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