The first semi-final of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2019 is just around the corner. This Saturday, RTP’s studios will welcome the first eight songs that will fight for the honour of representing the Iberian nation in Tel Aviv. Only four acts will advance to Portimão Arena‘s grand final.
We asked you to vote for the acts you would like to see advance to the final. With a total of 3,706 votes, the results are in and you were very clear on who should qualify this weekend.
With a demolishing 40%, Conan Osíris with “Telemóveis” is your favourite to win the semi-final. The outré performer, with his unique and experimental music style, recorded 1,488 votes — almost double that of the act that came second.
The song is also making waves in Portugal. The online chat with Eurovision and non-Eurovision followers after its release made the song trend at No.1 in YouTube Portugal. The lyric video has clocked up almost 1.5 million views on the platform. It’s a phenomenon that brands like Vodafone and FNAC haven’t ignored, making adverts that use the song’s cellphone metaphor.
Pop duo Calema come in second place with 21% of the vote. With their already established fan base, it wasn’t a surprise to see “A Dois” trend in YouTube as well. The radio-friendly track doesn’t diverge from what Calema usually release and it will for sure be a hit once Festival da Canção is finished.
Filipe Keil, the newcomer that won the open submissions competition, comes in at number three. The feel-good pop track clocked up 12% of the votes. This doesn’t come as a surprise, since “Hoje” is one of the most accessible tracks for mainstream listeners.
According to you, the last ticket to the final should be given to Matay‘s orchestral ballad “Perfeito“. The power vocalist got 11% of the votes and is making waves with more traditional Festival da Canção and Eurovision followers. His voice and the quality of the track are undeniable. But can it have a Salvador effect at Eurovision?
Poll results: Who should qualify from Festival da Canção 2019 semi final 1?
- Conan Osíris – “Telemóveis” – 40% (1,488 votes)
- Calema – “A Dois” – 21% (775 votes)
- Filipe Keil – “Hoje” – 12% (428 votes)
- Matay – “Perfeito” – 11% (412 votes)
- Ana Cláudia – “Inércia” – 6% (240 votes)
- João Campos – “É o que é” – 5% (187 votes)
- Ela Limão – “Mais brilhante que mil sóis” – 3% (101 votes)
- Soraia Tavares – “O meu sonho” – 2% (75 votes)
Last year, Cláudia Pascoal won the Festival da Canção wiwibloggs poll with more than 40%. Are you confident the poll will reflect Saturday’s results? Tell us in the comment section below!