After a one year absence, we are happy that Portugal will again #JoinUs all at Eurovision in Copenhagen. Portuguese broadcaster RTP decided to keep Festival da Canção simple this year with one semi-final (that went down tonight) and one final. Not a bad idea for a country still recovering from the chill of recession. Anyway, Rui Andrade, Zana, Catarina Pereira,Raquel Guerra and Suzy advanced to the finals.
As in previous years, RTP is using the traditional ‘Festival da Canção’ show to choose its song and artist. Unlike previous years, there are no regional juries: voting happens by televoting alone. Let’s hope they can bear the heavy responsibility and make the right call in the final.
There was nothing that really stood out tonight. If we had to choose, we’d argue that Zana and Carla Ribeiro had the most impressive performances of the night. We were a little bit surprised that Catarina Pereira made it, as she was a little pitchy. Rui Andrade was expected to qualify, since he is the Portuguese version of Sanna Nielsen (participating in 2011, 2012 and 2014). Some other familiar faces included composer Andréj Babic and Catarina Pereira, who placed second back in 2010. Portugal is very consisent: all the finalists will sing songs in Portuguese, and they all fall into the same genre (and, um, kind of sound the same).
To the final:
1. Rui Andrade (song: Ao teu encontro)
2. Catarina Pereira (song: Mea culpa)
3. Zana (song: Nas asas da sorte)
4. Raquel Guerra (song: Sonhos roubados)
5. Suzy (song: Quero ser tua)
Madalena Trabuco (song: Coração de filigrana)
Lara Afonso (song: O teu segredo)
Ricardo Alfonso (song: Emoção)
Carla Ribeiro (song: Mais para dar)
Ivo Lucas (song: Eu vou)
Date of the final: 15th of March
Daphne Dee contributed this report from Belgium. Follow her on Twitter @JacinthaD1. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page