Over the past two weekends, the semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2021 took place. 20 acts were whittled down to 10 ahead of the Grand Final on March 6. Today, RTP revealed the running order for the final and opened voting ahead of Saturday.
Today, RTP have revealed the order of the Grand Final of Festival da Canção 2021. They also also opened the public vote, which closes during the show on Saturday.
The running 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”
Previously, 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.
The winner of Festival da Canção 2021 will be determined by 50/50 jury/televote. In the event of a tie, the act that scores more with the regional juries wins.
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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 in 2019, Conan Osiris didn’t qualify for the Grand Final.
In 2020, Elisa won Festival da Canção 2020 but unfortunately didn’t get a chance to represent her country at the Eurovision due to the pandemic. RTP later confirmed that Festival da Canção 2021 would go ahead
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