Cláudia Pascoal Isaura O Jardim Festival da Canção 2018 Eurovision 2018

It’s the infamously sedate national selection with a fondness for gentle old-school style songs. But Festival da Canção 2018 has been all about the drama!

Semi-final one had a mix-up with televoting results, while earlier this week we saw hot favourite Diogo Piçarra withdraw from the contest over plagiarism allegations.

Here’s hoping the only drama tonight will come courtesy of a tense voting sequence. However, if our poll is anything to go by, it looks like Portugal’s representative for Eurovision 2018 may already be a foregone conclusion.

After counting 1,927 votes, we can now reveal that Cláudia Pascoal is your favourite to sing for Portugal in Lisbon. The “O Jardim” songstress picked up 793 votes which amounts to a massive 41.15% of all votes cast.

Coming a distant second is Janeiro with “(sem título)”. The semi-final one runner-up picked up 249 votes (12.92%). The top five is completed by Lili, Catarina Miranda, and Peu Madureira respectively. In sixth place is Peter Serrado the only other act to score more than 100 votes.

At the other end of the table, we have Susana Travassos with “Mensageira”. Only six people gave her their vote. In her defence, Susana was only added to the poll after Diogo’s withdrawal, meaning she had less time to garner support.

Poll results:Who should win Festival da Canção 2018?

  1. “O Jardim” – Cláudia Pascoal 41.15% (793 votes)
  2. “(sem título)” – Janeiro 12.92% (249 votes)
  3. “Voo das Cegonhas” – Lili 9.5% (183 votes)
  4. “Para Sorrir Eu Não Preciso de Nada” – Catarina Miranda 8.56% (165 votes)
  5. “Só Por Ela” – Peu Madureira 6.69% (129 votes)
  6. “Sunset” – Peter Serrado 5.71% (110 votes)
  7. “Anda Estragar-me os Planos” – Joana Barra Vaz 3.17% (61 votes)
  8. “Para te dar abrigo” – Anabela 3.11% (60 votes)
  9. “Patati Patata” – Minnie & Rhayra 2.59% (50 votes)
  10. “Zero a Zero” – Joana Espadinha 2.34% (45 votes)
  11. “Bandeira Azul” – Maria Inês Paris 1.4% (27 votes)
  12. “Sem Medo” – Rui David 1.3% (25 votes)
  13. “Amor Veloz” – David Pessoa 1.25% (24 votes)
  14. “Mensageira” – Susana Travassos 0.31% (6 votes)

Total Votes: 1,927

The final of Festival da Canção 2018 airs at 22:15 CET tonight.

Do you agree with the poll results? Do you think that it’s Claudia’s to lose? Who is your winner? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kuna
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Kuna

I didn’t follow Portugal’s selection
I never do, because it’s just not my type of music
And I thought it would be a bad a blank song

Boi was I wrong
She will definitely stay in my top 5

Colin
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Colin

I have a feeling that this year will be the first one since 2013 to have a semifinalist at the 26th spot at the finals. Out of the finalists, maybe UK has the weakest entry, but the way she connects with the public, I think she can avoid being last.

Paul
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Paul

A possible Eurovision Winner… A modern song, complex, great great voice… If extended to 3 minutes, and in the last minute raising the tone and accelerate a bit, this song could win Eurovision to Portugal again. Maybe will be LISBON 2019.

The Anders
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The Anders

Fine song, but not entirely my taste (Song 6 was my favourite). Still gets a respectable 8/12.

Filipe Campos
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Filipe Campos

Unfair.

desfolhada
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desfolhada

e eu contente 🙂

aiko
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aiko

Is nice that Portugal is happy with it’s choice, but is the second song this year dedicated to a dead person. Portugal and Germany.

aiko
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aiko

its choice

Anne
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Anne

LISBON 2019.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

“O Jardim” won! Cláudia and Catarina finished both with 22 points, but the televote was more important. Peu third place with both juries and televoting.

I’m happy! Not just because I think that’s a great choice, but also because my 2 favorites were on the top.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Just saw it! Wikipedia had the wrong winner announced!
Great choice. I actually liked both songs but O Jardim is much more memorable and has more impact. Good job, Portugal. I do not think that you will come last!

Roxy
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Roxy

Woosh, that was close! Public saves the day once again.

Miguel
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Miguel

Amen!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

The juries gave 12 points to Catarina, 10 to Cláudia and 8 to Peu. Let’s see if RTP will let us know the televoting results before tuesday.

Roxy
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Roxy

God, this voting is SO tense!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Great TV. And also great torture!

Roxy
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Roxy

Yaaaay, O jardim wins!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

There’s still work to do, but one more time Portugal has a high quality entry.

Miguel
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Miguel

I’m enjoying the show. Very good signs for the show in May.
It’s funny and entertaining. Well done.

Claudia is the clear favourite of the public it seems.

Miguel
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Miguel

Luisa Sobral’s performance was beautiful <3

Anita
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Anita

And Claudia performed O Jardim with a smile. Really really good. She is the winner, I wouldn’t understand the world anymore otherwise.
But the song is only 2:40 long? How come.

kill
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kill

they have to extend to 3 minutes… and raise the tone in the last minute… like this, it could win eurovision.

desfolhada
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desfolhada

technical problems with O Jardim performance?
Last year Salvador has problems with his auricular at the final

I hope it’s a good sign in this case

eurana
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eurana

auricular = inner

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Cláudia was absolutely brilliant tonight. In the semifinal, the nerves kicked kinda early and she hasn’t hit all notes as she should. But tonight it was beautiful and the ending was just as emotional as the first time. The response of the crowd was great.

Catarina and Peu also got good reactions. She was glowing beautifully, he was as effective as two weeks ago. Janeiro was more likeable tonight also but I think those who hated him will still hate him anyway.

Roxy
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Roxy

I’m not with you this time. I think majority of the performers (i.e. Catarina, Lili, Claudia…) were more nervous than in the semis and they sounded better in the semis.
Claudia was still the best but the backing vocal by Isaura felt a bit weird this time. It was more subtle in the semi and I think it was better that way.
In any case, Claudia for the win!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I agree that Catarina and Lili were more nervous, but I think this actually made them perform better. That walking dead audience on RTP studios was killing my mood then. It’s nice when there’s some exchange between the singer and the crowd. I agree that Isaura’s backing vocal still hasn’t worked as it should. But I thought the same on the semifinal, even if it was more subtle. That’s something they need to work out if they win. On the other hand, Cláudia’s vocals bothered me on the semi, but today I thought she was way more focused even if… Read more »

Roxy
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Roxy

It actually gave me chills when Isaura joined in the semi but it couldn’t feel the same tonight. And Claudia’s vocals weren’t without flaws in the final performance but still these didn’t change my winner.

Ari
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Ari

Here’s Belgium:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RukUf06JRvE

Verdict after first listen: Definitely not the winner and weaker than “City Lights” for me. Not feeling enough but overall still a positive impression.

Polyna
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Polyna

I have officially lost any hope there would be a song that I like in Eurovision 2018. Maybe if Portugal sends “O vôo das cegonhas”, but it’s very unlikely.

Ari
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Ari

I think it builds up too slowly for me, because I am left with a good feeling after it but a little iffy during during the first two minutes.

Paul
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Paul

Meh

Hada
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Hada

On the other hand I’m loving it! I actually like this way better than City Lights. Winner contender for me!!!

aiko
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aiko

City Lights that had a mysterious/pretentious sound. I like better the clear sound of SENNEK’s song.

Kyna
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Kyna

I agree that it’s a bit weaker than City Lights. It has quality, gives me Bond-vibes. Not necessarily my type of song, but I really like it, good job Belgium! Although not feeling it placing top 5 yet but one thing is for sure: Semi 1 will be a bloodbath.

Ari
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Ari

I also felt Bond-vibes, in a positive way.

Phary
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Phary

It also felt like a modern Bond song to me.
By the way, there is already a lyrics page on Wiwibloggs (and William agrees that it’s Bond-esque!).

Anita
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Anita

I have just heard the song from Belgium on twitter – It’s just a matter of time.
A jazzy, catchy, interesting, meaningful song performed with a wonderful voice and musically very good. I guess I can’t resist it and depending on the performance in Lisbon must give it my 12 points.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’m kinda feeling Belgium’s song, really love it tbh. What do you think about Belgium? (In case you already listened to it)

Yossarian
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Yossarian

Really like it too. Will most likely become one of my favourites. 🙂

Bastian
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Bastian

I dont like it. Its i my bottom top 5 lol. Yeah its quality but its boring. We wont go to Belgium next year. Hope Croatia delivers

Matt C
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Matt C

Good contemporary song. Don’t think it’s the winner though. I predict somewhere in the Top 5 definitely, again, a really good showing from Belgium. They know their stuff.

I have a feeling Bulgaria will come up with something amazing and really blow us away. Let’s see!

Milla
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Milla

Well.. Loreen is rumoured to be a part of Bulgaria’s entry. Hope not. As a swede that wanted her to represent us last year, that would feel weird.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Love at first listen! I was afraid that I was creating so many expectations about Sennek but she delivered. At least for my taste (which is very different from the regular eurofan’s taste). I have no idea if this can win Eurovision, but I don’t care, I already love it.

Polyna
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Polyna

I forgot how it goes already. So it doesn’t make any impression of me, except the impression “this year’s contest will suck”.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Well, I really like this year’s contest, so I can’t comment on that ^^

jumbo
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jumbo

Belgium 2019
SENNEK song is great

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Guess who just heard Belgium’s song….? 😉

esc1234
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esc1234

both of us 😉

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

damn. that was amazing. :O

OohHoney
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OohHoney

Is there a link?

Roxy
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Roxy

Belgium is not letting us down fourth times in a row. Very good indeed!

Colin
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Colin

WOW!!! Totally my kind of song, likely to be in my top 10! Bravo, Laura! Belgium delivered once again.

jesc
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jesc

BELGIUM SONG IS LEAKED AND GUYS… its brussels.

Phary
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Phary

Am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that Festival da Canção has LED screens?

jumbo
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jumbo

Ha Ha Ha

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Claudia, Janeiro and Peu are all amazing. I think Claudia or Janeiro would be better options for Eurovision though.

Polyna
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Polyna

“O vôo das cegonhas” sounds more interesting musically, but I won’t complain if “O jardim” wins today. It was certainly one of the highlights of this year’s FdC!

demo
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demo

same color as the wiwi bloggs name lol

demo
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demo

Ahhh I LOVE HER SO MUCH AND THAT PINK HAIR, LITTLE PUMPKIN<3

Colin
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Colin

I’ll be sleeping on this one, I’m afraid. And no, it’s not a pun about songs, it’s for a fact that it is so late. I will be happy if Claudia, Lili or Catarina wins tonight. Peu’s song is very old-fashioned in a run the mill way and Janeiro is very boring (I honestly cannot remember one syllable of the song after hearing it twice).

R
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R

I hope ‘O Jardim’ wins and Voo das Cegonhas and Sunset complete the podium 🙂

@EugeneESCUK
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I believe Claudio sings 13th of the 14 songs tonight. It’s the only song worth sending to be honest and it’s pretty modern and not bad at all really.

Cerol
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Cerol

So I guess “O Jardim” will win the televote 🙂 My personal favorite is Catarina Miranda’s song, but Cláudia is an excellent choice as well 😀

John
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John

Who is Claudia’s background singer?

Cerol
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Cerol

it’s Isaura, the song writer

Matt C
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Matt C

Hopefully she wins. This song could definitely end up Top 5 when it’s all done. Beautiful Portuguese language, emotions, contemporary sound and beats. I think it ticks all the boxes.. the only thing I worry about is how it’ll be staged in Lisbon, but I’m sure they won’t sabotage their own entry! Parabéns Portugal ??

desfolhada
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desfolhada

I wish top 5, she’ll be one of my favs this year for sure. But in case of bottom 5 or bottom 10 I’d be proud anyway. Just want my fav song of my NF in ESC.<3 <3

Matt C
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Matt C

I wouldn’t be disappointed if Portugal wins again, with this song if I’m honest! Anyhow, she’ll be an amazing addition to have in Lisbon, and I hope for the best!

Happy Bat
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Happy Bat

Though I love “O Jardim”, I believe Peu Madureira will win, the jury will give him 12 points and 10 points for Janeiro, Claudia will have 8 points, which is a shame.

Only the public can save this song, but even if Claudia has 12 points from the public, Peu will win if he has 10 or 8 points (in this case, he would draw with Claudia, but the jury vote would prevail).

Let’s see what happens tonight.

Roxy
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Roxy

Janeiro got 12 point from the jury over Peu in Semi 1 so it doesn’t make much sense. Also, Claudia is now the winner of Semi 2 by right after Diogo’s withdrawal. She has both the jury and the public behind her. Don’t count her out.

Happy Bat
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Happy Bat

I hope you’re right. Portugal won’t win twice in a row, not when Greece, Ukraine, Italy, France and Stonia are sending almost masterpieces this year, but she would stand out and maybe have a top 10 for Portugal. Even if she won’t, Portugal couldn’t be better represented this year. 🙂

Rúben
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Rúben

in the final the public vote prevail.

desfolhada
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desfolhada

“I believe Peu Madureira will win” It hurts please don’t say it again. I hope P-ew Madureira flops this night

Nope, the public vote will prevail in case of draw. (only in the semifinals is different).

VOTE 760 100 813
Don’t forget 13 was the day that we won Eurovision and portugAL sobrAL pascoAL.

Roxy
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Roxy

I will be very, very disappointed if O jardim doesn’t win tonight. This song is a gem! A very good spot in my Top 5 is eagerly waiting for it.

Dora
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Dora

“O jardim” is a Beautiful music for a funeral. :/ Catarina Miranda much better.

jim
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jim

all the entries are funeral songs, that’s the point of this [email protected] festival

L'oiseau
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Nice!

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

The only thing i don’t understand is the late broadcasting time. It ends at like 01:00 cet. Don’t the portugese have to wake up early at monday again? XD

Miguel
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Miguel

RTP needs to fill the schedule for the full night ahahah
It starts at 9pm and lasts 3 hours. The funny thing is that the songs are performed within the first hour and then we have 2 hours of filling ahahah
I’ll be watching!

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Haha goodluck xD

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Also o voo das cegonhas for the win.

Miguel
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Miguel

I’m also on “o voo das cegonhas” team 🙂

R
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R

Probabily RTP wants to compete with TVI’s Secret Story and SIC’s broadcast of the Oscars. (It ends at 2.00 am CET, 1.00 am in Portugal 😛 )

Happy Bat
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Happy Bat

Portuguese are late owls and early birds at the same time. XD Now honestly, portuguese usually go to bed at 23:30, 00:00.

Roxy
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Roxy

It gets even worse for Eastern Europe. Have some mercy RTP!

R
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R

If you want mercy, go to France!

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

L'oiseau
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Don’t forget that in Portugal is different time zone. The same than London i.e. one hour less than CET