Earlier this month, the composers behind the 20 entries of Festival da Canção 2021 were revealed. In addition, the date of the three shows were announced. Although further details about the competing songs have yet to be revealed, RTP has determined the semi final split.
The semi final draw took place over Zoom on December 4th with each of the composers present, and was made public later in the week. The semi finals will take place on the 20th and 27th of February from RTP’s studios in Lisbon. The running order has yet to be determined by the broadcaster.
- Anne Victorino d’Almeida
- Fábia Maia
- Filipe Melo
- Helder Moutinho
- Miguel Marôco
Semi final two:
- Carolina Deslandes
- Da Chick
- Joana Alegre
- João Vieira
- Pedro da Linha
- Pedro Gonçalves
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.
In 2020, Portugal was set to be represented by Elisa with her song ‘Medo de Sentir’. Unfortunately, the 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the return of Festival da Canção for 2021, she was not internally-selected by the broadcaster.
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