Portuguese broadcaster RTP have published the rules of the 2020 edition of Festival da Canção, following their announcement last week that news was coming about the national final. Like last year, 16 songs will compete in the national final to represent Portugal in The Netherlands in May 2020!
16 songs, two semi-finals, eight finalists
The rules are very similar to the 2019 edition with 16 songs competing across two semi-finals, culminating in a final of 8 songs.
14 of the songs will by songwriters invited by RTP from various musical backgrounds, who will write a song alone or with other writers to be performed at the national final. The performers of the song will be selected by the songwriters, with final versions of the songs being submitted by 30 November 2019.
The fifteenth songwriter will be selected through the radio show, MasterClass. The show promotes Portuguese music and supports new songwriters without published works. The songwriter will be selected by a jury made up of the show’s resident musician, the host of the show and Antena 1’s director, Rui Pêgo.
Finally, the last songwriter will be selected through an open song submission. Songwriters entering the selection must be a citizen of Portugal. Songs must be submitted to RTP via email ([email protected]) by 15 October 2019. The winner of the open song submission will be selected by 31 October 2019.
FdC 2020 will be held in February and March!
The rules also reveal that the national final will be held in February and March 2020, meaning Portugal’s entry for the contest will be decided in March.
The winner of Festival da Canção 2020 will travel to The Netherlands to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest and all travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be covered. The winning songwriters will also receive a prize of €1500.
Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest
Portugal first joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 and has always been seen as one of the most unlucky Eurovision countries, holding the record for the longest period of participation without a win (49 attempts). This ‘curse’ was broken in 2017 when Salvador Sobral won the contest with “Amar Pelos Dois”. Not only was this Portugal’s first win, it was also their first and only top 5 placing in the contest to date.
Since Portugal’s victory, they haven’t been able to replicate Salvador’s success finishing in last place in 2018, as host nation and ending up in 15th place in the semi-final in 2019. Will Portugal be able to return to the final in the 2020 contest?
Are you excited for Festival da Canção 2020? Will you be entering the open selection process if you’re from Portugal?
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