Back in September, Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) confirmed Portugal’s participation for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Flagship selection Festival da Canção 2023 will once again be used to select their entry.
Following the success of last year’s open submissions, three of which qualified for the final, four entries from the 2023 edition will once again be chosen by the open call for songs. The remaining 16 entries of the selection will be from songwriters and composers directly invited by RTP.
The open call began on September 2nd and closed on October 21st. In total, RTP received 667 songs for just four slots in the semi-finals. The successful candidates were contacted this week.
Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest
Out of 53 participations to date, Portugal has won the Eurovision Song Contest once – in 2017 with Salvador Sobral’s “Amar pelos dois”. Their next best result was with “O meu coração não tem cor” by Lúcia Moniz back in 1996, which finished 6th.
Earlier this year in Turin, Maro brought Portugal its second consecutive qualification and 11th ever top 10 placement. She placed 9th with 207 points with “Saudade Saudade”.
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