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.
- André Henriques
- April Ivy
- Bárbara Tinoco
- Cláudia Pascoal
- Neon Soho
- Quim Albergaria
- Teresinha Landeiro
- The Happy Mess
- You Can’t Win Charlie Brown
The following successfully submitted their songs via the open call:
- Edmundo Inácio
- Inês Apenas
- 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”.
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