Rotterdam 2021

🇵🇹 Portugal: The Black Mamba win Festival da Canção 2021

Portugal's 2020 format change has once again delivered a nail-biting results segment!

Tonight’s Super Saturday action has crowned yet another winner! After a four-hour show and tense voting sequence, The Black Mamba came out on top! They will represent Portugal in Rotterdam with “Love Is On My Side”. As the voting results were not revealed in either semi final, tonight was one of the most unpredictable finals of the season.

Tonight’s show was hosted by Filomena Cautela & Vasco Palmeirim. Once again, Inês Lopes Gonçalves hosted the green room action. Ten acts competed for the Portuguese ticket to Rotterdam, with votes announced publicly for the first time in the selection. 

The running order was 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”

The finalists were joined by famed Portuguese fado singer Camané and famed band Clã, both of whom appeared as guest performers. Clã was joined on stage by FdC 2018 winner Claudia Pascoal and FdC 2020 alum Filipe Sambado. Last year’s winner Elisa also returned for a special reprise of “Medo De Sentir”.

The results

Earlier this week, the televoting opened for tonight’s final, adding to the unpredictability of tonight’s results.

DrawArtistSongJury TelevoteTotalPlace
10The Black MambaLove Is On My Side1010201
5Carolina DeslandesPor Um Triz1210202
6NEEVDancing in The Stars512173
8Sara AfonsoContramão85134
4ValériaNa Mais Profunda Saudade37105
1Karetus & Romeu BairosSaudade46106
2Joana Alegre Joana do Mar6397
9EU.CLIDESVOLTE FACE7298
7Pedro GonçalvesNão Vou Ficar 1459
3Fábia MaiaDia Lindo21310

For the first time in recent years, the televote was given preference in the event of the tie, meaning that The Black Mamba edged out Carolina despite having the same total.

You can watch our reaction to “Love Is On My Side” below:

What do you think of the results? Will you be rooting for Portugal in Rotterdam? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our reactions to the news in the run up to Rotterdam!

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