After two epic semi-finals and an even longer final, Portugal have selected their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! Conan Osíris will be representing Portugal with the song Telemóveis! In one of the tightest nationals of the season, he beat off competition from the likes of Surma, Matay and NBC to win the golden ticket to Tel Aviv!
Over the past two weeks, sixteen acts competed for eight slots in tonight’s final. These finalists were selected by a 50/50 jury/televote split (take note, TVR!). However, interestingly, the jury score was given priority over the televote when breaking ties. Although an expert jury was used to select the semi finalists, the jury format for the final was split into seven Portuguese regions:
- Lisbon & Vale do Tejo
The running order for tonight was as follows:
- Calema – A Dois
- Mariana Bragada – Mar Doce
- Matay – Perfeito
- Surma – Pugna
- NBC – Igual A Ti
- Madrepaz – Mundo a Mudar
- Conan Osíris – Telemóveis
- Ana Cláudia – Inercia
A tense voting sequence
Portuguese selections rarely see consensus between the jury and the televoters…hell, even Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral didn’t get 12 points from the
Though, neither semi-final produced an outright winner; Matay won the jury vote in semi 1, while Surma won the jury vote and NBC won the
However, once the 12 points from the regional juries came rolling in as the other results were more mixed…it all became clear. Despite not winning his semi final, Conan got a perfect score in tonight’s final, with 12 points from both the public and the juries! Only the Algarve jury didn’t give him 12 points, opting instead for NBC.
Find the full results breakdown in the table below:
|2||NBC||“Igual A Ti”||10||8||18|
|4||Madrepaz||“Mundo a Mudar”||7||6||13|
|7||Mariana Bragada||“Mar Doce”||3||5||8|
Third Grand final appearance in a row for Portugal?
Unfortunately, as the host nation last year, Portugal got its fourth
In the meantime, you can watch his winning performance from tonight’s final below:
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