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…

1. Agir

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.

9. Suzy

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.

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John
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John

Suzy or Luciana Abreu 🙂

francESCa
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francESCa

AGIR !!!!!! that is the best opcion ever!!! <3<3

Alex
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I want Leonor Andrade back, Suzy is also a great choice but I’m not sure that Shawn Mendes would participate in Eurovision, there’s a low possibility for that to happen

Jack
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Jack

I’d love to see Something current and artistic. They just need a better selection process and team
Who select the shortlist. I thought this year’s entry was good but about 10 years too late.
Would be great if Portugal FINALLY won!

Miss Uncongeniality
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Miss Uncongeniality

Suzy? reallyyy??? OMG please NOT… her act was so tacky, trashy, horrendous, cheap… she could be the sweetest thing in the world, but she is as trashy as animal print panties with fake crystals on it

Zanderzion
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Zanderzion

win or lose as long as Portugal will confirm to join in ESC 2016 Ill be so grateful, I loved Portuguese musics and Portugal is always be my favorite since I become a Eurovision fan. But to sing for Portugal I think artists/singers must not be the topic. Portugal always have a great singer for the contest but the way they showcase their entry is so outdated.
Just to ask who to sing I’d be happy if Vania Fernandes 2008 or Flor-de_Lis 2009 be given a chance once again.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

In this “Shawn Mendes vibe”, just send Nelly Furtado and take ESC to Lisboa…

Niki
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Niki

I want Leonor Andrade back in Eurovision! 🙂 ?

sjkdjd
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sjkdjd

Isaura! Isaura! Or Diogo Piçarra!

maslo
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maslo

all but not this **** Suzy 😀

Maria
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Maria

I would go with More than a Thousand or Moonspell, they will be taking a big risk for Portugal, but maybe risking is what gives our brothers their first win. More Than a Thousand is a rock-metal-hardcore band that is now touring all over Europe with sold out concerts and they are very sweet people and Moonspell is one of the greatest dark/death metal bands.

Isaac Muscat
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Isaac Muscat

#ShawnMendesAndSuzy

Pedro
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Pedro

Excellent artists!! Is it so hard for RTP to think in a future victory!!? All portuguese fans WANT IT!!

Daniel
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Daniel

Shawn Mendes would be great but I love Catarina too much Mea Culpa for liiiiiiiiiiifffffffffeeeeeeee

Johnny
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Johnny

I have some gossip to share with ya gals ,i heard a close friend of mine that had just signed with universal music Portugal as been in talks with RTP ,that asked for some interesting talents for eurovision.Her name is Isaura ,remember her name.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSWyJmimNCs

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

Suzy deserves another chance! She is a great singer and she had a great song it’s a crime that she didn’t qualify!

Daniel
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Daniel

I swear I’m the only person who doesn’t like Shawn Mendes.

JCD
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JCD

As Portuguese, my choice will be Aurea. She is amazing and I believe that she would make a good result. I also agree that Diogo and Vanessa will be a good choice. Or maybe a new voice, we have a lot of talent-shows, so it would be easy to select one from that format (and there is going to be another season of The Voice, in RTP).
And please, Ana Malhoa wouldn’t fit, at all, at Eurovision. She is too excentric and her songs are so bad… And Shawn Mendes will never participate (he and Nelly, by the way xD).

Eugene ESC UK
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As we know the problem is not the artist, it’s the song and the selection process. If you have poor songs in you final shortlist you are going to end up with a poor song that is going to fail………….simple as. The Head of Delegation and the team need to go away and research what is required to do well in this contest, then start from there and try and create a great “package”. I would say “modern” and appealing to the masses is pretty much a good starting point. If they can’t meet what is required, don’t embarrass the… Read more »

Baku Cash
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Just send Catarina!

#Shine
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#Shine

Where is Rui Andrade?

Charles
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Charles

If only people knew how bad Ana Malhoa is as a singer: but I get it … for as long as her trashy Latin-urban-vibe music remains upbeat and for as long as she remains a gay icon in Portugal (something I don’t think gay people in Portugal are aware of LOL) … for Eurovision that seems to be enough. Why bothering being a good singer, right? As for Catarina Pereira … this is pure mad obsession for more copy-pasted songs of “Mea Culpa” and her first one with the pink-Kalomira-copied-dress whatever the damn title was … Susy again with what?… Read more »