Up the ambition, source stellar artists and get ready to slay — that seems to be the thinking at Portuguese broadcaster RTP, who today revealed the complete list of artists competing in the first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2017, its Eurovision 2017 selection.
Clearly keen to get back to the Eurovision final, the broadcaster invited some of the country’s top composers to write songs. Two of the composers — Márcia and Celina da Piedade — have decided to write songs for themselves. If you got it, flaunt it! This year artists can sing in any language, which many see as a step toward modernity for the traditionally traditional festival.
Below you can see the list of artists who have been drawn into the first semi-final. They are listed by the running order. The composers are listed in parentheses.
Semifinal 1 – 19 de fevereiro
- Márcia (Márcia)
- Golden Slumbers (Samuel Úria)
- Fernando Daniel (Nuno Feist)
- Deolinda Kinzimba (Rita Redshoes)
- Rui Drumond (Héber Marques)
- Lisa Garden (Pedro Saraiva)
- Salvador Sobral (Luísa Sobral)
- Trio led by Kika Cardoso (Nuno Gonçalves)
Festival da Canção 2017: Fernando Daniel
The acts include three winners from The Voice.
Fernando Daniel, the most recent winner, drew endlessly positive comments on our post speculating about his participation back in December. His blind audition of Adele’s “When We Were Young” has now been viewed nearly 10 million times, showing just how much Portuguese viewers love him. He’s got the voice and he’s got the look — a lethal combination at Eurovision. (Hello, Måns Zelmerlöw!)
Rui Drumond, winner of the second season of The Voice back in 2014, should be a familiar face to Eurofans. He represented Portugal at Eurovision 2005 alongside Luciana Abreu as part of the group 2B. They finished 17th in the semi-final and failed to qualify.
And last but certainly not least is 2015 winner Deolinda Kinzimba — an incredibly powerful singer of Angolan descent. She moved to Portugal at the age of 19, after living in Tanzania, and has made a name for herself through the pop, R&B and gospel genres. Her covers of Beyoncé and Whitney Houston show she has the tools and the charisma to slay.