Boa noite a todos! The second semifinal of Portugal’s traditional Festival da Canção has concluded tonight. NBC, Surma, Madrepaz and Mariana Bragada are the final four acts to qualify for the grand final.
This year’s Festival has so much talent and high quality songs that it looks like RTP want to host the contest again in 2020. The FdC 2019 line-up includes a mixture of songs showcasing Portugal’s unique style in the contest, namely, ethnic music, ballads of paixão and saudade.
The show, which took place in RTP’s studios in Lisbon, was in the same format as the first semi-final. Again, all songs were entirely sung in Portuguese. which is something that Portugal never compromises on. This semi-final was hosted by Jose Carlos Malato and Jorge Gabriel. In the green room was Inês Lopes Gonçalves.
The four finalists were determined via a combined jury vote and public televote, worth 50% each.
The jury consisted of the same seven members as last week:
- Julio Isidro – president of the jury
- Isaura – Portugal’s songwriter and singer in Eurovision 2018
- Pedro Penim
- Selma Uamusse
- Rita Redshoes
- lvaro Costa
- Maria João
The semi-final was won by NBC with his song “Igual a ti”. He also won the televote and placed second in the jury vote.
Second overall was Surma and “Pugna”. She picked up the top score from the jury, while she was fifth in the televote.
The third qualifier was the folk group Madrepaz. Their song “Mundo a mudar” was outside the jury’s top four, but was second with the televote, putting it third overall.
The last grand final place went to Mariana Bragada with “Mar doce”. She was the third favourite of the jury and fourth favourite of the televote. This put her in fourth place overall.
Sadly Dan Riverman only just missed out. He tired with Mariana with a total of 15 points, while she won the tiebreak.
Festival da Canção 2019 – semi-final 2 results
|NBC||“Igual a ti”||10||12||22||1|
|Madrepa||“Mundo a mudar”||6||10||16||3|
|Mariana Bragada||“Mar doce”||8||7||15||4|
|João Couto||“O jantar”||5||5||10||6|
|Mila Dores||“Debaixo do luar”||4||4||8||7|
|Lara Liquiz||“O lugar”||3||3||6||8|
There you have it! Next Saturday, March 2, the four finalists from tonight’s semi will join last week’s four qualifiers in the grand final of Festival da Canção 2019. We’ll Ana Cláudia, Calema, Conan Osíris, Madrepaz, Mariana Bragada, Matay, NBC and Surma battle it out for the ticket to Tel Aviv.
One of them will have the honour of raising the Portuguese flag in Israel and try to bring back Eurovision again to Portugal.
Do you agree with the results? Have your favourites qualified? Are you shocked by any result? What do you expect from next week? Tell us in the comment section below!