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Festival da Canção 2023 semi-final allocation announced

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

RTP previously announced that they had received 667 songs via an open call for submissions for Festival da Canção 2023. Last week, the 20 entries were allocated their semi-finals via a draw, ahead of their release next month.

Semi-final split determined

The draw was held on December 23 in RTP’s studios in Lisbon to determine in which semi-final each of the songwriter’s entries will compete in.

The split is as follows:

Semi-Final One

  • April Ivy
  • Churky
  • Cláudia Pascoal
  • Jacinta
  • Mimicat
  • Moyah
  • Neon Soho
  • Quim Albergaria
  • SAL
  • You Can’t Win Charlie Brown

Semi-Final Two

  • André Henriques
  • Bandua
  • Bárbara Tinoco
  • Dapunksportif
  • Edmundo Inácio
  • Inês Only
  • Ivandro
  • Teresinha Landeiro
  • The Happy Mess
  • Voodoo Marmalade

The draw can be watched below:

Entries to be released in January

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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