Last month, RTP announced both the semi-final the split for Festival da Canção 2022, and the dates of the televised shows. This week, it was announced that the competing songs will be released this coming Friday (January 21).
Earlier this week, RTP announced that the songs competing to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2022 will be released on Friday (January 21). Along with the songs, we will learn the artists who will be performing at the festival, as we only currently know the composers behind the entries.
Once again, the selection will consist of two semi-finals, with five songs qualifying from each semi-final. The Grand Final will be held with ten competing entries on March 12, the winner will be determined by 50% televote and 50% jury voting.
According to ESC Portugal, Sónia Araújo and Jorge Gabriel will present the first semi-final on Saturday 5 March.
The composers behind the songs competing in each of the semi-finals is as follows:
Semi-Final One (March 5)
- Fado Bicha
- Joana Espadinha
- Kumpania Algazarra
- The Mister Driver (public submission)
- Tiago Nogueira (Os Quatro e Meia) (public submission)
Semi-Final Two (March 7)
- DJ Marfox
- Fábia Rebordão
- Os Azeitonas
- Pedro Marques (public submission)
- Pepperoni Passion (public submission)
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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