In recent years, the Portuguese selection method for Eurovision – Festival da Canção – has not been able to produce massive hits for the European contest. While some Portuguese Eurofans have strongly supported the country’s entries over the past decade, most fans see a need for a new and modern selection method for this Iberian country.
Broadcaster RTP are yet to confirm their participation in Stockholm, but Portuguese fansites are already speculating on who should be the 2016 entry. And there are some very interesting names coming up. They much more 2016 than they are 1966…
Currently one of the top Portuguese artists, Agir was a part of TribUrbana (Festival da Canção 2007). After that he became an inspiration for young Portuguese fans, having top-selling albums and singles in recent years. He’s currently nominated for Best Portuguese Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
2. David Carreira
Having a solid career in Portugal and France, David Carreira presents himself as a young idol for teen girls. His dance/eletro/pop style songs are chart hits and his looks fits the definition of teen pop sensation. He’s never taken part at Festival da Canção, but could 2016 be his time?
3. Diogo Piçarra
Winner of the 2012 Portuguese Idol, Diogo spent three years attending the London Music School in order to perfect his singing and writing skills. Meanwhile, he created a YouTube channel and released covers from time to time, that built the necessary hype to make his chart-topping debut album – O Espelho – a national success.
4. Ana Malhoa
Ana Malhoa has a well-established music career in Portugal. Adapting her looks to her music, Malhoa represents the urban-Latin style like no other. She’s also considered by some as the queen of the Portuguese gay community. Remember the name: Ana Malhoa – a hurricane on stage!
5. Vanessa Silva
Festival da Canção veteran Vanessa Silva is still a popular name in the midst of Portuguese fans. Her hits “Outro Lado da Vida” and “Alvorada” are still very fresh in our minds. She currently works as a musical actress. Recently Silva was the opening act for Conchita Wurst’s showcase in Portugal.
5. Catarina Pereira
Catarina placed second at Festival da Canção in both 2010 and 2014 and she has Eurovision written all over her. She’s still hugely popular – everyone still dances to “Canta por Mim” and “Mea Culpa”. Eurovision fans still want to see this Portuguese beauty smashing the ESC stage like never before. Come back soon!
7. Shawn Mendes
The 17-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter has Portuguese ancestry and is an idol for Portuguese fans. Mendes is currently a worldwide phenomenon. His debut album – Handwritten – topped the charts in the US and Canada, and reached No.5 in Portugal.
8. Mickael Carreira
Yes, another Carreira and yes, they’re brothers. Unlike his brother, Mickael focused his career in a Latin vibe. Having secured a well-established career in Portugal, Mickael is making baby steps in the Latin America market.
Uauaweuawe! Eurofans want her back! If not for her music, for her kindness and contagious smile. Suzy made the best of her Eurovision participation and is still making a lot of appearances at important OGAE parties and meetings. “Quero Ser Tua” 2.0?
10. Luciana Abreu
Considered by many as the “voice of Portugal”, Luciana Abreu is an old friend of Eurovision. She was part of 2B at ESC 2005 and failed to qualify to the final. But we think “Amar” wasn’t the perfect song to showcase her talent. Just give this woman a mind-blowing ballad!
What do you think? Are any of these artists capable of bringing victory and a shining trophy to Portugal (or at least a qualifying for the grand final)? Share your thoughts and comment below.