Portugal’s National Broadcaster – RTP teases fans by announcing the possible release of the list of composers competing in this year’s Festival da Canção soon.
The long running festival is already a big part in Portugal’s cultural scene. Mixing the historic aspect of the festival with the newly gained Eurovision confidence of Portugal, can just be the ultimate recipe for SUCCESS. For FdC 2018, RTP have decided to once again invite composers to write a song for the show. Those composers will then face the task of finding the perfect singer for their entry. New compared to last year is the fact that also last year’s winner, Salvador Sobral, will get to pick an entrant.
A walk through history
Established by RTP as a national selection for not just the Portuguese entry at Eurovision in the distant 1964, Festival da Canção characterises itself with longevity and national pride. The Festival is, like Sanremo in Italy, more than just a selection method. In previous years, RTP staged FdC even in years where the country did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The contest has had its share of rough times by in the public eye by not being able to produce an Eurovision winner and sticking to their formula of picking authentic, Portuguese entry, yet received praise for the exact same reason. But rather than giving up, Portugal finally manages to gain the so deserved momentum and win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
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Festival da Canção 2018
This year’s triumphant edition of the festival will take place on the 18th and 25th of February. The final will take place on Match 4th. The two semi final format of the festival has been introduced in 2010. Instead of the traditional capital Lisbon, RTP have decided to stage FdC in another city for 2018. Guimarães is the lucky one there.
After dominating the jury and the public vote, Portugal will certainly hope to do their country proud once more on home soil.
Will you be tuning in to watch Festival da Canção next year? Did you like Portugal’s winning entry? What is your favourite Portuguese entry? Are you excited for Lisbon 2018 too?
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