With the all-important September 1st cut-off date around the corner, the Eurovision ‘season’ is upon us! In light of this, details of forthcoming national finals and confirmations of participation are beginning to emerge. Next week, Portugal’s RTP will be releasing some details of their 2020 selection – Festival da Canção.
RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, has taken to the official Festival da Canção Instagram account to tease fans. According to the post, we will be getting some ‘news’ about the selection next week! This seemingly confirms that Portugal will be participating at the 2020 contest!
We can’t confirm who won Jenga, but we can take advantage of the suspense to tell you that next week we have news to share.Translation of the caption
The festival was first held in 1964, and 2020 will mark its 54th edition. Last year saw the festival undergo massive changes, visually and in terms of artistic quality. It was arguably the strongest edition of the show to date. Despite Conan not doing as well as many fans hope, we would love to see Portugal continue to take risks at the contest.
Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest
Portugal was once seen as one of the most unlucky Eurovision countries, holding the record for the longest period of participation without a win (49 attempts). Of course, this ‘curse’ was broken in 2017 when Salvador Sobral won the contest with “Amar Pelos Dois”. Not only was this their first win, but it was also their first and only top 5 placing in the contest to date.
Unfortunately, since this victory, Portugal haven’t been able to replicate this success in the past two contests. In 2018, as the host nation, Portugal got its fourth last place finish with Cláudia Pascoal’s “O Jardim”. After performing 15th in semi final 1 in Tel Aviv this year, Conan controversially didn’t qualify for the Grand Final. He finished 15th with 51 points, but was the subject of a number of articles praising the song and performance after the semi.
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