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๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal confirm Eurovision 2022 participation

Festival da Canรงรฃo 2022 will feature double the number of publicly-submitted entries as the 2021 edition

Following their first qualification since 2017, Portugal have confirmed their participation for Eurovision 2022. Earlier this week, broadcaster RTP announced the news by opening submissions for Festival da Canรงรฃo 2022, with double the slots for public submissions as this year’s edition.

Portuguese broadcaster RTP have confirmed their participation for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest by publishing the rules for the 56th edition of Festival da Canรงรฃo. Most notably perhaps, the broadcaster has doubled the number of slots in the lineup for public submissions, from two in 2021 to four in 2022.

Otherwise, the format will remain similar to this year’s edition. There will be 20 entries in total, 16 of which will be from composers personally invited by RTP. There will be two semi-finals, with five songs qualifying from each semi. The Grand Final will be held with ten competing entries, with the winner being determined by 50% televote and 50% jury voting.

Portugal at Eurovision 2021

Last year, Elisa won Festival da Canรงรฃo 2020 with โ€œMedo de Sentirโ€. Unfortunately, however, she didnโ€™t get a chance to represent her country at Eurovision due to the pandemic. Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2021, RTP confirmed that Festival da Canรงรฃo 2021 would go ahead.

Despite not being internally-selected, Elisa went on to perform as a guest at the festival, and was Portugal’s spokesperson for the Grand Final. The Black Mamba ended up winning the 2021 edition of Festival da Canรงรฃo with “Love Is On My Side”, marking Portugal’s first English-language entry at the contest in 52 years. In Rotterdam, the band broke Portugal’s non-qualification streak, ultimately placing 12th with 153 points.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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