Portugal: Peu Madureira, Janeiro and Anabela among the first finalists of Festival da Cançao


Boa noite! Portugal just held the first semifinal of their traditional Festival da Canção tonight, and seven acts made it to the final. A total of thirteen entries were competing and in the end Peu Madureira, Janeiro, Catarina Miranda, Anabela, Beatriz Pessoa, Joana Barra Vaz, and Joana Espadinha have made it!

Tonight’s show was a marathonian showcase of Portuguese culture, gorgeous voices and well… rather sleepy songs. Nothing we’ve never seen before, honestly.

Peu Madureira came on top of the voting, with his song “Só per ela”. In the end, Peu got a total of 10 points from the jury, plus the 12 from the televote, making a total of 22 points.

Peu Madureira – “Só per ela”

Next was Salvador Sobral’s chosen artist Janeiro, with 16 points (12 from the jury and 4 from the televote). Rounding the top three was Catarina Miranda, who sang “Para sourrir eu não preciso de nada”, and received 16 points (8 from the jury plus 8 from the televote).

In fourth place there was Eurovision veteran Anabela, who sang for Portugal in 1993. This time, her entry “Para te dar abrigo” didn’t quite convince the jury, apparently. They awarded her three points, however “Para te dar abrigo” was quite popular within the audience, who gave her 10 points.

Janeiro – “(sem titulo)”

Therefore, the qualifiers are:

  • Peu Madureira – “Só per ela”
  • Janeiro – “(sem titulo)”
  • Catarina Miranda – “Para sorrir eu não preciso de nada”
  • Anabela – “Para te dar abrigo”
  • Beatriz Pessoa – “Eu te amo”
  • Joana Barra Vaz – “Anda estragar-me os planos”
  • Joana Espadinha – “Zero a zero”

And the six songs that don’t proceed to the final are:

  • Rui David – “Sem medo”
  • José Cid – “O som da guitarra é a alma de um povo”
  • JP Simoes – “Alvoroço”
  • Rita Dias – “Com gosto amigo”
  • Bruno Vasconcelos – “Austrália”
  • Maria Amaral – “A mesma canção”

Surprise! Salvador Sobral was there

One of the highlights of the night was last year’s winner Salvador Sobral, who made a surprise appearance when the jury awarded the 12 points to Janeiro.

He was there talking to the host while his friend… was eating a banana. Like, the typical thing you do when a jury awards you 12 points in a national final.

These are the seven acts we’ll see on the final on March 4. Hungry for more? Join the fun next Sunday, when another thirteen songs will battle it out for the last seven spots in the final. One of them will succeed Salvador Sobral and defend Portugal’s victory on home soil.

Do you agree with the results? Have your favourites qualified? Who would you have put in the final? What do you expect from next week? Tell us in the comment section below!