The second semi-final of Festival da Canção 2021 took place tonight. Ten acts competed for the last five Grand Final places. A professional jury and the Portuguese public decided the final five finalists based on a 50/50 system. The Grand Final to take place next weekend on March 6th.
Tonight’s show was took place in RTP Studios in Lisbon and was hosted by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and Jorge Gabriel. Inês Lopes Gonçalves returned as the green room host.
Last week, RTP revealed that if a competing artist returned a positive test for COVID-19 before their semi-final, that participant will be disqualified from the competition. However, if they qualify and then test positive before the final, their semi-final performance will be used instead during the selection on 6th March.
Just like last week’s show, the power was equally divided between the expert jury and the public at home. In case of a tie, the choice of the jury prevails over the choice of the televote. The jury and the televote awarded to the songs points from one to twelve. The five acts with the highest total votes advanced to the Grand Final, where they will be joined by the five finalists of the first semi-final. You can read more about this year’s jury here.
Here was tonight’s running order, with the five qualifiers in BOLD:
- Da Chick – I Got Music
- Tainá – Jasmim
- Ariana – Mundo Melhor
- Eu.Clides – Volte-Face
- Joana Alegre – Joana Do Mar
- Pedro Gonçalves – Não Vou Ficar
- Ana Tereza – Com Um Abraço
- Carolina Deslandes – Por Um Triz
- Graciela – A Vida Sem Acontecer
- NEEV – Dancing In The Stars
The Grand Final will take place on March 6, again at RTP Studios in Lisbon. Next week’s show will be hosted by Filomena Cautela & Vasco Palmeirim. Once again, Inês Lopes Gonçalves will be hosting from the green room. Ten acts will compete for the Portuguese ticket to Rotterdam, and votes will be announced publicly for the first time in the selection.
The line-up (in no particular order) is as follows:
1. Karetus & Romeu Bairos – “Saudade”
2. Joana Alegre – “Joana do Mar”
3. Fábia Maia – “Dia Lindo”
4. Valéria – “Na Mais Profunda Saudade”
5. Carolina Deslandes – “Por Um Triz”
6. NEEV – “Dancing in The Stars”
7. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não Vou Ficar “
8. Sara Afonso – “Contramão”
9. EU.CLIDES – “VOLTE FACE”
10. The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side”
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