Tel Aviv 2019

Portugal: Marlon withdraws from Festival da Cançao 2019

João Couto will now perform 'O Jantar' in his place

Last month, RTP unveiled the sixteen songs that will be competing in Festival da Cançao 2019 for the chance to represent Portugal in Tel Aviv. However, two weeks ahead of the first semi-final, Marlon has decided to withdraw from the contest. This marks one of many withdrawals from the 2019 season so far…

Marlon was due to perform ‘O Jantar’ (The Dinner) in semi-final 2 of Festival da Cançao on February 23rd. However, due to scheduling conflicts, he has decided to withdraw. Fortunately for ‘O Jantar’ fans, composer Pedro Podewas decided to find another singer to compete in his place. As a result, João Couto will replace Marlon at the contest. 

You can listen to the new version of ‘O Jantar’ with João’s vocals below:

João Couto - O Jantar (Lyric video) | Festival da Canção 2019João Couto – O Jantar (Lyric video) | Festival da Canção 2019
João’s version of ‘O Jantar’

Another one bites the dust

Marlon is one of many withdrawals from the 2019 season. The season began with the news of Bulgaria’s withdrawal from Eurovision rocking the fan community.

On a national selection level, we saw Sebastian Schub withdraw from Germany’s Unser Lied before the shortlisting for the selection even occurred! Then, over in Romania, Selecția Națională veteran MIHAI unexpectedly withdrew from the selection due to the inclusion of two ‘wildcards’. He is now rumoured to be entering Belarus’ national selection instead. And finally, Vidbir fan favourite TAYANNA withdrew from the Ukrainian selection and was replaced by MARUV.

Of course, withdrawals are nothing new for Festival da Cançao. Last year, hot favourite Diogo Piçarra withdrew from the selection after winning his semi final following accusations of plagiarism. In this case, he was not replaced and the selection was eventually won by Cláudia Pascoal and Isaura with ‘O Jardim’.

What do you think of João’s version of ‘O Jantar’? Were you disappointed by Marlon’s withdrawal? Who are you rooting for in this year’s Festival da Cançao? Let us know! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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