Portugal still, unlike most other countries, have yet to start preparing for their trip to Vienna. But, today RTP finally launched the Iberian nation’s Eurovision 2015 campaign, with the announcement of the 12 singers and songs that will battle it out in Festival da Canção 2015.
Artists and songs
These are the 12 artists and songs. Only one will be lucky enough to win the Portuguese Eurovision ticket:
Song: ‘Paz” – Singer: Adelaide Ferreira
Song: ‘Outra Vez Primavera’ – Singer: Yola Dinis
Song: ‘Lisboa, Lisboa’ – Singer: Rita Seidi
Song: ‘Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa’ – Singer: Leonor Andrade
Song: ‘A Noite Inteira’ – Singer: Filipa Batista
Song: ‘Tu Tens Uma Mágica’ – Gonçalo Tavares
Song: ‘Quando A Lua Voltar A Passar’ – Rubi Machado
Song: ‘Mal Menor (Ninguém Me Guia À Razão – Singer: José Freitas
Song: ‘Um Fado Em Viena’ – Singer: Teresa Radamanto
Song: ‘À Espera das Canções’ – Singer: Simone de Oliveira
Song: ‘Dança Joana’ – Singer: Filipe Gonçalves
Song: ‘Maldito Tempo’ – Diana Piedade
Our first thought looking at this list – where is Rui Andrade? After his third place finish in Festival da Canção 2014 and his stint as a backing singer for Russia’s Tolmachevy Twins in Copenhagen, we would have assumed Rui would be even more determined to shine on stage this year. Perhaps he is taking a sabbatical from Festival da Canção, in preparation for a grand comeback next year?
Second: haven’t we seen Adelaide somewhere before? Yes, we have! On stage in Sweden at Eurovision 1985. Back then she finished 18th out of 19 entries. Let’s hope she has more luck this time round.
And last but not least: Portuguese Eurovision-star Simone de Oliveira is back again! Simone participated in 1965 with ‘Sol de inverno’. She had to return home with just 1 point (13th place). She tried her luck again in 1969, with ‘Desfolhada’, collecting 4 points and ending 15th. May this be her year of fame?
As in previous years, Festival da Canção will have two semi finals and a final.
- Semi final 1: March 3 (presenters: Joana Teles en Jorge Gabriel)
- Semi final 2: March 5 (presenters: Sílvia Alberto en José Carlos Malate)
- Final: March 7 (presenters: Catarina Furtado en Julius Isidro)
The shows will be broadcast live from Lisbon and can be watched on the RTP1 webstream.
Which direction will (and must!) Portugal take this year, after the lovely Suzy remained stranded in the semifinal with only 39 points?