Olá Portugal! In a flurry of big notes and power ballads, the first semi-final of Festival da Canção came to an end late on Sunday evening. When the smoke cleared Viva la diva, Salvador Sobral, Fernando Daniel and Deolinda Kinzimba emerged as the qualifiers. We’ll see them on March 5, in the final in the Colosseum of Lisbon.
After a year off, Portugal has said goodbye to the saudade and what we’ve seen tonight is a major step forward from the last editions of Festival da Canção. A much shorter show with slick graphics and fancy postcards, Festival da Cançao has arrived in the 2010s (though which end of the decade is a matter for you to decide). But enough about that. It’s all about our four qualifiers…
First to announce the points was the jury. They gave their 12 points to Salvador Sobral, 10 to Viva La Diva, 8 to Deolinda Kinzimba and 7 to Fernando Daniel.
As for the public vote, the 7 points went to Lisa Garden, the 8 points went to Salvador Sobral, the 10 were for Fernando Daniel and the 12 went to Viva La Diva.
So that means that the four finalists are Viva La Diva, with “Nova Glória” (22 points); Salvador Sobral, with “Amor pelos dois” (20 points); Fernando Daniel, with “Poema a dois” (17 points) and Deolinda Kinzimba, with “O que eu vi nos meus sonhos” (12 points).
It’s interesting to see that Fernando and Deolinda — both winners of The Voice — find themselves as the underdogs following tonight’s overall results. Can they improve their stage shows and jump into the lead when the final rolls around?
Eurovision fans will note that Rui Drummond — himself a winner of The Voice and the country’s Eurovision 2005 singer — failed to make it through.
1. Viva la diva with “Nova Glória”
2. Salvador Sobral with “Amor pelos dois”
3. Fernando Daniel with “Poema a dois”
4. Deolinda Kinzimba with “O que eu vi nos meus sonhos”
Festival da Cançao – 1st semi-final running order
- Márcia – ‘Agora’
- Golden Slumbers – ‘Para Perto’
- Fernando Daniel – ‘Poema A Dois’
- Deolinda Kinzimba – ‘O Que Vi Nos Meus Sonhos’
- Rui Drumond – ‘O Teu Melhor’
- Lisa Garden – ‘Without You’
- Salvador Sobral – ‘Amar Pelos Dois’
- Viva La Diva – ‘Nova Glória’
RTP is clearly keen to get back to the Eurovision final. The broadcaster invited some of the country’s top composers to write songs and dropped the oppressive Portuguese language rule. Even so, we only saw one song in English tonight, suggesting the acts want to keep the tradition of singing in their native tongue at Eurovision very much alive.
Tonight’s four qualifiers will join the qualifiers from next week’s second semi-final in the grand final on March 5. The final will be held at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon, and will be hosted by Sílvia Alberto and Catarina Furtado.
Who was your favourite tonight? Did you like the qualifiers? Who should have made it? Let us know in the comment section, and don’t forget to share your video reactions via our app!