After months of anger, sadness, speculation, crowdfunding campaigns and petitions — Portuguese Eurofans can now lower their weapons and release the fireworks. Portugal is confirmed for Eurovision 2017!
In a statement released to Festivais da Canção, Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP confirmed not only the Iberian nation’s participation in next year’s event but also that they’ll screen this year’s Eurovision — both of the semi-finals and the grand final. The Eurovision spirit is still alive for the administration and content direction board of RTP, you guys, and we are just loving it! *cries in Portuguese*
Next year, RTP is going to have its 60th birthday and it’s expected that Festival da Canção — being the most iconic program of the state broadcaster — will be back as Portugal’s national selection. Yet no decision has been made in how Portugal will choose their comeback act for Eurovision, despite RTP promising some exciting changes in the selection method.
Meanwhile, Portugal will still be represented in Stockholm. Suzy, who was a fan favourite with her entry “Quero ser tua” in 2014, will perform at a number of OGAE fan events during Eurovision week.
Are you excited with Portugal’s return to the competition? Will the promised improvements make Portugal a strong contender in next year’s edition of Eurovision?