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RTP announces writers behind Festival da Canção 2023 entries

The entries of Festival da Canção 2023 will be released on 19 January.

Last month, RTP announced that they had received 667 songs via an open call for submissions for Festival da Canção 2023. Five of these submitted songs feature on the list of participating writers, which the broadcaster released today, along with the dates for the festival.

Names of the writers

Following the success of last year’s open submissions, three of which qualified for the final, four entries for the 57th edition of the festival were due to be chosen by the open call for songs. However, this has since increased to five due to one of the invited authors having a “personal unforeseen event” prompting his withdrawal. The remaining entries of the selection are from songwriters and composers directly invited by RTP.

The 15 songwriters that were invited by RTP and subsequently submitted songs were the following”

  1. André Henriques
  2. April Ivy
  3. Bandua
  4. Bárbara Tinoco
  5. Churky
  6. Cláudia Pascoal
  7. Dapunksportif
  8. Ivandro
  9. Jacinta
  10. Neon Soho
  11. Quim Albergaria 
  12. Sal
  13. Teresinha Landeiro
  14. The Happy Mess
  15. You Can’t Win Charlie Brown

The following successfully submitted their songs via the open call:

  1. Edmundo Inácio
  2. Inês Apenas
  3. Mimicat
  4. Moyah
  5. Voodoo Marmalade

If you’d like to learn more about the songwriters behind the 2023 entries, we recommend the following thread by @euro_bruno on Twitter:

Entries to be released in January

According to a press release published this morning, the entries of Festival da Canção 2023 will be released on Thursday 19 January 2022 via RTP’s official channels.

The dates for the live shows are as follows:

  • Semi-final one – 25 February
  • Semi-final two – 5 March
  • Grand Final – 11 March

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”.

MARO - Saudade Saudade - LIVE - Portugal 🇵🇹 - Grand Final - Eurovision 2022MARO – Saudade Saudade – LIVE – Portugal 🇵🇹 – Grand Final – Eurovision 2022

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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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