Following their first qualification since 2017, Portugal confirmed their participation for Eurovision 2022 in September. Broadcaster RTP announced the news by opening submissions for Festival da Canção 2022. Overall, more than 600 entries were submitted for the four open submission slots.
Today, RTP published the names of the 20 composers behind the competing entries of Festival da Canção 2022. Notable names include rising Portuguese artists Aurea and Syro.
Composers invited by RTP
- DJ Marfox
- Fábia Rebordão
- Fado Bicha
- Joana Espadinha
- Kumpania Algazarra
- Os Azeitonas
Composers free submission
- Pedro Marques
- Pepperoni Passion
- The Mister Driver
- Tiago Nogueira (Os Quatro e Meia)
As with this year’s edition, 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 Canção 2020 with “Medo de Sentir”. Unfortunately, however, she didn’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 Canção 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 Canção 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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